Cleveland is the home of the U.S. Commerce Department’s
Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) newest business center. On Thursday, Sept. 1, more than 250 people turned out for the Cleveland
MBDA Business Center’s grand opening and press conference held at the Wyndham
Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, (D-Ohio) delivered remarks;
and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson presented a proclamation recognizing the
center’s role in the city.
National Director David Hinson delivered remarks to the crowd, challenging
business owners to take advantage of the new opportunities that will be
available through the business center in creating access to capital, contracts
five-year federal grant check was presented to center operator Andrew Jackson,
Senior V. P. and Executive Director of the Commission on Economic Inclusion,
Greater Cleveland Partnership.
the open house and tour of the center, a select group of minority business
owners and key economic development stakeholders were invited to a White House
Business Roundtable, where business owners shared in a candid conversation
about their issues and concerns.
Hinson challenged business owners to consider what their companies specifically
need to create “one more job.”
Business Centers assist minority entrepreneurs with strategic business
consulting services. Centers work directly with minority business owners and
managers at the local level and provide enhanced assistance through MBDA’s
national strategic partners, both within the federal government and the private