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Disadvantaged, Minority & Woman-Owned Business Certification & Opportunities

Minority Business Development Agency Business Center (MBDA)

The MBDA Business Center of Dallas/Fort Worth is an affiliate of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and provides management and technical assistance to minority-owned businesses (MBEs). The Center delivers a variety of services to assist MBEs in growing their business and increasing their capacity. Clients typically meet a revenue minimum requirement of $1 million+ in operating revenue.

National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)

The NMSDC advances business opportunities for certified minority business enterprises and connects them to corporate members.

U.S. Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program is designed to remedy ongoing discrimination and the continuing effects of past discrimination in federally-assisted highway, transit, airport, and highway safety financial assistance transportation contracting markets nationwide. The primary remedial goal and objective of the DBE program is to level the playing field by providing small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals a fair opportunity to compete for federally funded transportation contracts.

Contracting Assistance Programs

The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides several programs to help small businesses win federal contracts. Participating in these programs helps small businesses to win a fair share of federal contracts, qualify for exclusive set-aside and sole-source contracts, partner with established contractors to win contracts, and get business mentoring and education to learn how federal contracting works.

Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts promotes full and equal procurement opportunities for small, minority, and women-owned businesses. State agencies are required by procurement rules to include HUBs in their purchasing bid process and look to the state for verification. Only certified HUBs are listed in the online Texas HUB Directory. This program assists businesses through the process to be a certified HUB.


The PeopleFund creates economic opportunity and financial stability by providing access to capital, education, and resources to build healthy small businesses who participate in their programs.