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MBDA awards $3.7M in grants for specialty centers with emphasis on manufacturing

September 09, 2021

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) awarded $3.7 million total in federal funding across nine grant recipients to establish MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Centers, Export Centers, and a Federal Procurement Center. The investment will assist minority business enterprises (MBEs) in generating capital, investing in new technologies, winning federal contracts and expanding the minority business footprint within the economy. The MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Centers and Export Centers each will receive $400,000 a year for five years and the MBDA Federal Procurement Center will receive $500,000 in each of the five years.

The grant recipients include:

MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Centers

  • Maryland: The City of Baltimore ($400,000)
  • Texas: The University of Texas at San Antonio ($400,000)
  • Connecticut: The University of Connecticut ($400,000)
  • Kentucky: University of Louisville Research Foundation ($400,000)

MBDA Export Centers

  • Texas (Houston): Hybas International, LLC ($400,000)
  • Arizona: National Center for American Indian Enterprise ($400,000)
  • Florida: M. Gill & Associates ($400,000)
  • Texas (San Antonio): The University of Texas at San Antonio ($400,000)

MBDA Federal Procurement Center

  • Washington, DC: KDM & Associates, LLC ($500,000)
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