The U.S Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is the only Federal Government agency solely dedicated to the support of minority businesses enterprise.
MBDA Center-Tacoma is one of 44 centers providing technical assistance and strategic business consulting to established minority-owned businesses in the Puget Sound region regardless of size.
To promote the growth of minority-owned business through the mobilization and advancement of public and private sector programs, policy, and research
Economic prosperity for all American business enterprises
MBDA Center-Tacoma serves the whole Pacific Northwest and works regionally to help established minority business enterprises owned by the following individuals or groups: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, Native Americans, Asian Indian Americans and Hasidic Jewish Americans
With the support of our strategic partners, MBDA Center-Tacoma provides technical, strategic, marketing and planning services, and business consulting to established minority-owned firms.
The MBDA Business Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce through the Minority Business Development Agency.The Center has been hosted at USC since 1996. USC was awarded a new 5-year program effective April 1, 2016.
The MBDA Business Center, operated by USC Civic Engagement and Economic Development, formerly the USC Business Expansion Network, is regarded as one of the best Centers in the MBDA network receiving numerous awards for outstanding performance. Its programs have provided services to thousands of entrepreneurs, helped them access over $200 million in loans and equity investments, as well as $800 million in procurement contracts. As a result of these accomplishments, USC has aided in the creation of thousands of jobs in the city of Tacoma and communities at-large.