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Your Trusted Ally in Overcoming Small Business Challenges

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In the Arkansas landscape is a hidden gem poised to help small businesses overcome challenges. That hidden gem is the Arkansas Minority Business Development Agency (AR-MBDA). Operated by Communities Unlimited (CU), AR-MBDA is headquartered in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This vital business center hub serves as a lifeline for socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses, offering a range of resources and support tailored to their unique small business needs. Managing the MBDA Business Center’s operations is CU’s Entrepreneurship Team, a passionate staff of professionals committed to providing expert training and technical assistance. Their comprehensive suite of services encompasses everything from business assessments to strategic growth planning and financial analysis.

MBDA’s strategic goals are to assist clients with accessing more markets, more capital and more contracts. These goals are fulfilled by connecting small businesses to the entrepreneurial ecosystem of organizations that support their growth and competitiveness while CU’s team is focused on building the capacity of these small businesses through intensive and individualized one-on-one technical assistance offered mostly through long-term, one-on-one engagements.

CU’s Entrepreneurship Team has over 26 years of experience helping small businesses with improving their financial management, increasing profits and improving owner equity which helps significantly with contract and capital readiness. In addition, other technical assistance services offered include but are not limited to improving operational efficiencies, increasing resources, managing risks, strengthening management teams and focusing on strategic growth.

The MBDA Center’s ideal business is owned and operated by a socially or economically disadvantaged individual and has the following characteristics:

  • Business is in the growth phase
  • Revenues of at least $75,000
  • Has one or more employees

Whether navigating the complexities of government contracting or seeking opportunities in the private sector, businesses find a trusted ally in the Arkansas MBDA Business Center.

In a landscape where success can feel elusive for those facing social and economic barriers, the Arkansas MBDA Business Center stands as a beacon of hope. It’s a place where dreams are nurtured, where barriers are dismantled and where every business, regardless of background, can thrive. For more information about the program, visit armbda.org or email: info@mbda.org

ar-mbda.org | info@mbda.org

Funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce and housed within CU, a 501(c)(3) Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), the center operates with a clear mission: to empower socially and economically disadvantaged businesses with the tools and resources needed for growth. With a team dedicated to aligning their efforts with the strategic goals of the MBDA, the center plays a pivotal role in fostering economic empowerment within the community
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