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Minority Business Development Agency Los Angeles

The Los Angeles MBDA (Minority Business Development Agency) Business Center, operated by USC in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, supports local minority-owned businesses by connecting them to community and institutional resources. Since its inception in 1996, the goal of the Business Center has been to assist businesses owned by minorities, women, and veterans by providing consulting services, access to market opportunities, financing, and advanced business training.

Bridges to Business

The Bridges to Business program is a public-private collaboration supported by USC’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Economic and Business Policy, the Los Angeles Housing Department, the Southern California Minority Business Development Institute and the Small Business Administration’s Service Corps of Retired Executives, as well as the Latino Business Chamber of Greater Los Angeles, the Black Business Association and the Asian Business Association.

Participants learned to expedite the many details of the procurement process by navigating legal and regulation issues in an efficient manner. They also received business presentation analysis and project management training.


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