Don Cravins Jr. Breaks Barriers as the First African American Under Secretary for Minority Business Development
The Minority Business Development Agency - U.S. Department of Commerce (MBDA) is celebrating a significant milestone in its history with the appointment of Donald Cravins, Jr., Esq. as the first African American Under Secretary of Commerce for Minority Business Development. This historic appointment is a testament to the US government's commitment to diversity and inclusivity, and it will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the minority business community. In this article, we will explore the impact of Cravins' appointment and how it will increase opportunities for Minority Business Enterprises (#MBE's) in government contracting.
A Leader with Vast Experience and Expertise
Donald “Don” R. Cravins, Jr. is a seasoned leader with vast experience and expertise in policy development and implementation. He previously served as the National Urban League's Senior Vice President for Policy and Executive Director of the Washington Bureau, where he led the organization's policy and advocacy efforts. Cravins also served in various government roles, including Chief of Staff to Senator Mary Landrieu and Mayor-President of Opelousas, Louisiana. With his background and experience, Cravins is well-equipped to lead the MBDA and support the growth and competitiveness of minority-owned businesses.
Increasing Opportunities for MBEs in Government Contracting
One of Cravins' key priorities is to increase opportunities for MBEs in government contracting. The MBDA provides technical assistance, access to capital, and other resources to help MBEs compete for government contracts. Cravins aims to expand these efforts by partnering with federal agencies and prime contractors to increase the number of contracts awarded to MBEs.
By increasing opportunities for MBEs in government contracting, Cravins and the MBDA will help to create jobs and economic growth in minority communities. This will not only benefit individual businesses but also contribute to the overall economic growth of the country.
Supporting the Growth and Competitiveness of Minority-Owned Businesses
The MBDA has been a champion for minority-owned businesses for over five decades. Its mission is to promote their growth and competitiveness by providing them with the tools, resources, and support they need to succeed. With Cravins at the helm, the agency is set to make even greater strides in advancing the interests of minority-owned businesses.
Cravins plans to expand the agency's efforts to provide access to capital and other resources, increase the number of minority-owned businesses that export their goods and services, and create new opportunities for minority-owned businesses in emerging industries such as clean energy and technology. By doing so, he aims to ensure that minority-owned businesses have the support they need to grow, compete, and succeed in today's rapidly changing economy.
Celebrating Diversity and Inclusivity
Don Cravins Jr.'s appointment is not only a significant milestone for the African American community, but for all underrepresented groups in the US. It demonstrates the government's recognition of the importance of diversity in achieving economic growth and prosperity for all Americans.
Cravins' leadership and vision will undoubtedly help to create a more diverse and inclusive business landscape, where all entrepreneurs have equal opportunities to succeed. This will not only benefit individual businesses but also contribute to the overall economic growth and prosperity of the country.
Don Cravins Jr.'s appointment as the first African American Under Secretary of Commerce for Minority Business Development is a historic achievement that highlights the US government's commitment to diversity and inclusivity. His leadership and vision will undoubtedly help to increase opportunities for MBEs in government contracting, support the growth and competitiveness of minority-owned businesses, and create a more diverse and inclusive business landscape. The MBDA and the minority business community are excited about the future under Cravins' leadership and look forward to working with him to advance their shared vision of economic growth and prosperity for all Americans.