HCC Awarded $900,000 Grant to Open Minority Business Development Agency Office in Houston

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Houston Community College was recently awarded a handsome grant of $900,000 from the US Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to establish an MBDA office in Houston. There are currently 40 MBDA centers in the country and $7.3 million in grants were awarded to other cities and businesses as well as HCC.

Houston Community College was recently awarded a handsome grant of $900,000 from the US Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to establish an MBDA office in Houston. There are currently 40 MBDA centers in the country and $7.3 million in grants were awarded to other cities and businesses as well as HCC.

MBDA Business Centers are designed to support and assist minority owned businesses to grow in size and scale, to penetrate new markets, both domestic and global. They also help businesses access advising services and information regarding securing capital, competing for contracts, identifying growth opportunities and becoming export ready. The center will be staffed by business advisors who have practical business expertise and experience needed to run successful and profitable businesses.

HCC is committed to serving the business community of the Greater Houston Area and partnering with the community to promote economic development and prosperity. HCC is now the only community college in the country to offer both the MBDA and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative. HCC began its Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program in 2011. This growth in support for businesses fuels Houston’s economy and keeps the community working.

HCC’s MBDA business center will open November 11, 2013. To learn more about the MBDA, contact Maya Durnovo, Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic Development at 713.718.8267 or maya.durnovo(at)hccs(dot)edu.

About HCC
HCC is one of the country’s largest singly-accredited, open-admission, community colleges offering associate degrees, certificates, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities for 70,000 students each semester. HCC is composed of six colleges that serve the greater Houston area’s diverse communities by preparing individuals to live and work in today’s increasingly international and technological society. To learn more go to hccs.edu.

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