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The Federal Procurement Center – under the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) – has a critical mission to support the 9.7 Million Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) throughout the Nation in gaining access to and succeeding in performing Government contracts.

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What Works News U Can Use Newsletter - October 2023


This month of September on the evening of the Fiscal Year is all too surreal.

On the doorstep of a Government shutdown, as Operator of the MBDA Federal Procurement Center, I cannot be more committed to the men and women of this country who lean on the strength of our nation's backbone as small, emerging, and minority owned businesses. The composition of what build America, will remain the framework of what makes our country work - our small business community must begin to operate with an Urgency of Now.

Activities in the month of September included the opportunity to present at the 

White House – and invite 20 of our MBDA FPC clients, by way of invitation from Under Secretary Donald Cravins Jr., to discuss the barriers to Government contracting with an august body of business owners, national not-for-profit organizations, and Federal agency leaders.

Then we engaged with another impressive group of leaders, business owners and NGO influencer groups, at the Department of Commerce during Congressional Black Caucus Week – and then signed an MOU with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – further substantiating our commitment to advancing equity and lifting the boats of all small businesses who seek to successfully do business with the Government.

Recognizing that a Government shutdown looms, and that the 8(a) Small Business program has been challenged in an attempt to turn back the hands of economic progress and parity, the MBDA Federal Procurement Center and its 88 sister MBDA Centers stand shoulder to shoulder to protect the fabric of the American Dream.  

Onward, we look ahead to October 17th-19th in Baton Rouge for our Innovation in Agriculture and Energy Opportunity Zone Summit in a historic collaboration with Southern University.  We as a nation, both rural and urban have way too much work ahead to transform What Works in America to shut down.  This is our belief.  Join us, REGISTER today at www.iaeozsummit.com and watch What Works.

Keith Moore, Operator, MBDA Federal Procurement Center


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