MBDA Business Center - American Indian and Alaska Native


The purpose of the MBDA Business Center - American Indian and Alaska Native program is to provide strategic deal making and business consulting services to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) firms and Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs). This program supports the Agency mission of promoting the growth and competitiveness of U.S. businesses that are minority owned. The program is a key component of MBDA's overall portfolio of minority business development services, focusing on securing large public and/or private sector contracts and financing transactions, stimulating job creation and retention, and facilitating entry to global markets for "eligible minority-owned businesses".

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: Minority Business Development Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Executive Order 11625, 15 U.S.C 1512.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants eligibile to operate an MBDA Business Center are nonprofit organizations, for-profit firms, State and local governments, Native American Tribal entities, and educational institutions.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The MBDA Business Center program serves all eligible minority business enterprises through direct services or through strategic partner referral. Eligible beneficiaries of this program are: Native Americans and Alaska Natives (including Alaska Natives, Alaska Native Corporations and Tribal entities), African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, Asian Indians and Hasidic Jews. See 15 C.F.R. § 1400.1-.2 and Executive Order 11625.
Applicants must submit proof of legal entity, for example, State-issued Certificate of Good Standing, copy of registered Articles of Incorporation, by-laws, IRS 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt letter, authorizing legislation or other evidence of applicant entity legal status. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication conferences will be scheduled for most MBDA program competitions. Additionally registration with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR) and Grants.gov are required prior to application submission. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. All applications must be submitted electronically via Grants.Gov. Applicants must submit a program narrative, detailed budget and budget narrative and applicable standard forms (SF) and Department of Commerce (CD) forms. Application packages will be made available on Grants.gov.
Award Procedure
Each application will be reviewed and evaluated by MBDA. The Agency will make funding recommendations to the Grants Officer. The Grants Officer will review the recommendations, process the funding requests and execute the notices of award. Name checks, verification of academic credentials and pre-award audits may be required of the recipient prior to or following an award. Electronic notification of award will be generated and forwarded to the selected recipient by the Grants Officer.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified in writing within ten days of notification to the successful applicant.
All decisions are final. There are no administrative appeals; however, unsuccessful applicants may request a debriefing from MBDA.
From 60 to 90 days. MBDA Business Center awards are typically made for a period of five years, with funding renewed on an annual basis at the discretion of MBDA and the Department of Commerce based upon the availability of funds, the recipient’s performance level, and Agency priorities.
How are proposals selected?
Applications submitted are competitively evaluated and awarded. Selection criteria includes such factors as capability and experience of staff assigned to the project, techniques and methodology, resources, costs, and alignment with program priorities. Past performance under an MBDA, Department of Commerce or other federal award may also be considered when selecting proposals for an MBDA Business Center award.
How may assistance be used?
Program funds in this category are to be used by program operators to provide services including, but not limited to, development of a pool of contracting and financing opportunities; direct matching of opportunities with qualified/vetted AIAN firms and MBEs; execution of relationship management and deal sourcing initiatives by industry; assisting AIAN firms and MBEs in accessing global market opportunities; identification and securing of alternative sources of capital for AIAN firms and MBEs; promotion of the advantages of achieving size and scale; educating AIAN firms and MBEs on the benefits of strategic alternatives (i.e. mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and/or divestitures); and provision of service referrals to AIAN firms and MBEs of all sizes. The uses and use restrictions are more specifically defined in the applicable Federal Funding Opportunity announcement.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program compliance reports are required. Financial (quarterly and annual) reports are required. Performance progress reports (semi-annual and annual/final) are required for each program year. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring will be conducted by MBDA throughout the duration of the award.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Commercial and other organizations not covered by OMB Circular A-133 will be subject to the audit requirements set forth in the terms and conditions of the award. In addition, audits may be conducted by the Department of Commerce Office of Inspector General and by other authorized federal agencies.
Documents, papers and financial records of grantees or subrecipients relating to the award are required to remain available to the Federal Government for three years from the date of submission of the final financial status report, unless a longer retention period is required under 15 CFR Section 14.53 or 15 CFR Section 24.42 (depending on the type of recipient).
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Cost share requirements are outlined in the applicable Federal Register Notice and the Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are generally made for a five-year period, but may be made for a shorter period at the discretion of MBDA. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Cynthia Rios 1401 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20230 Email: crios@mbda.gov Phone: 2024821940
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 11 $0; FY 12 est $1,550,000; and FY 13 est $1,550,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$255,000 to $300,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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