PACE Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

Our Mission:

The U.S Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is the only federal agency solely dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of minority business enterprises.

MBDA Business Center:

·        Minority-owned firms seeking to penetrate new markets – domestic & global

·        MBDA Business Center assists Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) with securing capital, competing for a contract, identifying a strategic partner, or becoming export-ready

·        The Centers are located in areas with the largest concentration of minority populations and the largest number of minority businesses (3 MBDAs in CA)

·        PACE recently became an MBDA in July 2021, and it is the only MBDA Business Center in Southern CA

Our Services:

·        Extensive business training and direct technical assistance (TA)

·        Specialized procurement assistance – $50MM 

·        Partnership resources including business expansion support tools: financing, insurance, and bonding – $25MM

Who We Serve: 

Minority Business Enterprises with revenues of $500,000 located in 7 counties in Southern California including Orange, Ventura, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Imperial, and Los Angeles County

Language Services:

Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and other audience-appropriate languages

Contact Our MBDA Team:

Andrew Barrera –

Hugh Schurtz – 

Diana Chung –

Or call 213-989-3158. 

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