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The U.S Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency is the only Federal Government agency solely dedicated to the support of minority business enterprise.

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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 was originally established as the Office of Minority Business Enterprise by President Richard M. Nixon on March 5, 1969.

Operating since September of 2016, MBDA-Tacoma Business Center is one of 40 centers providing technical assistance and strategic business consulting to established minority-owned businesses in the Puget Sound region.

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-Tacoma Business Center 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-Tacoma Business Center provides technical, strategic, marketing and planning services, and business consulting to established minority-owned firms.

Our services include:

Access to Capital

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

Access to Contracts

  • Solicitation analysis
  • Bid and proposal preparation
  • Business certification and registration assistance
  • Targeted teaming arrangements and joint ventures

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

Upcoming Events

Events calendar
November 28, 2018
  • Free Class: Useful Tools for Small Businesses [Native PTAC, PTAC]
    November 28, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Nisqually Red Wind Casino, 12819 Yelm Hwy SE, Olympia, WA 98513, USA

    Join us to learn and build yourself several helpful tools for your business. Each attendee will receive a flash drive containing a booklet and templates from Manson. The class will cover:

    • Job Safety Analysis (JSA) 
    • Proposal Matrix 
    • Contracts Awarded Scheduled (database) 
    • Request for Quotes— Template and Sample 
    • Safety Plan Template 
    • Submittal Register 
    • Proposal Checklist 
    • Proposal Development Process 
    • Quote Example 
    • 3 Week Look Ahead 
    • Jobsite Daily Report—for Owner 
    • Play of the Day—for Crews


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