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APPENDIX 16. DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE RESOURCE LIST
• Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
SBDC provide businesses with management, marketing and financial counseling. The
centers assist in the development of business and marketing plans, improving business
ownership skills, financial analysis of businesses, accessing specialized services including
export and government marketing and other business management needs.
• Women’s Business Centers (WBC)
Each women’s business center provides assistance and/or training in finance, management,
marketing, procurement and the internet, as well as addressing specialized topics such as
home-based businesses corporate executive downsizing and welfare-to-work. All provide
individual business counseling and access to the SBA’s programs and services; a number of
centers are also intermediaries for the SBA’s MicroLoan and Loan Prequalification programs.
Each WBC tailors its programs to the needs of its constituency; many offer programs and
counseling in two or more languages.
• Minority Business Development Centers (MBDC)
The MBDC’s provide business development services to aid in the creation, expansion and
preservation of minority-owned businesses. It is MBDC’s largest client services program and
is structured to cover areas that contain approximately 80% of the country’s minorities.
• Native American Business Development Centers
The Minority Business Development Agency established the Native American Program
(NAP) to address the special problems of the Native American firms and individuals
interested in entering, maintaining, or expanding their efforts in the competitive marketplace.
• To view a list of over 800 Trade Associations and similar organizations, visit the HUD
OSDBU website at: www.HUD.gov/offices/OSDBU
• To locate local SBA District/Field offices, SBDC and other resources, visit SBA’s website
• To locate local MBDA regional offices, MBDCs and other resources, visit MBDA’s website
• The SBA, DOD, the Office of Management & Budget and GSA created an integrated
database of small businesses called Central Contractor Registration (CCR). CCR can provide
you with listings of small businesses that offer the products and services that you procure.
• To facilitate searches for small businesses in particular industries, refer to the North
American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Visit the website at: http://naics.com
• To assist you in advertising your contracting opportunities, include your upcoming
contracting requirements in MBDA’s “Opportunity Database” called Phoenix. Phoenix
matches MBE’s with contracts and other business opportunities via e-mail at: