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.

Our Mission

To promote the growth of minority-owned business through the mobilization and advancement of public and private sector programs, policy, and research

Our Vision

Economic prosperity for all American business enterprises

Our Clients

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

OUR Services

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.

Our services include:

Access to Capital

  • Identify and broker financing opportunities
  • Capital identification based on industry specialization
  • Bonding
  • Financial management and planning
  • Identification and closure of mergers and acquisitions
  • Financing forums and networking events
  • Mezzanine financing options

Access to Contracts

  • First-of-its-kind MBDA Federal Procurement Center
  • Identification of procurement opportunities
  • Solicitation analysis
  • Bid and proposal preparation
  • Business certification and registration assistance
  • Targeted teaming arrangements and joint ventures
  • ePipeline opportunity reports

Access to Markets & Export/Import

  • Market research
  • Feasibility studies and promotion
  • Business-to-business (B2B) matchmaking forums
  • International market analysis and trade assistance
  • Sprearhead trade missions

MBDA History

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.

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