The Illinois MBDA Business Center Promotes Growth and Global Competitiveness

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Access personalized consulting to boost your minority-owned business and build capacity.

WHO ARE WE? The Illinois Minority Business Development Agency (IL MBDA) Business Center is operated by Strategic Exceptions Professional Consulting Inc. The IL MBDA Business Center is funded, in part, by the U.S. Department of Commerce through the Minority Business Development Agency.

WHAT DO WE DO? We promote the growth and global competitiveness of minority business enterprises (MBEs) through business development and capacity building. We help our clients secure capital, access new markets, compete for contracts, and make strategic partners and business moves.

WHO DO WE SERVE? We serve minority business enterprises (MBEs) that are owned or controlled by the following persons or groups of persons: African-American, Hispanic-American, American Asian and Pacific Islander, Native American (including Alaska Natives, Alaska Native Corporations and Tribal entities), Asian Indian American, and Hasidic Jewish American. While we serve all MBEs, our target clients are businesses with annual revenues of at least $500,000.

Becoming a client is free, and accessing programs and services is easy!

The Illinois Minority Business Development Agency (IL MBDA) Business Center promotes the growth and global competitiveness of minority business enterprises (MBEs) through business development and capacity building. We help our clients:

  • secure capital,
  • access new markets,
  • compete for contracts, and
  • make strategic partners and business moves.

We deliver services that are community based, culturally aware, and customized to align with the needs of Illinois’ business communities. We serve English and Spanish speakers.

Become a client to access our programs and services! Complete the client intake form and someone will be in touch with you within two business days. We will perform an assessment to develop a customized and tailored approach to support your business growth.

For more information about the IL MBDA Business Center, contact Melodie Simmons, our Project Director, at ilmbda@strategicexceptions.com.

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Become a client to access our programs and services — with support for English and Spanish speakers!

Upcoming Events

2.29.24 Clean Energy Business Summit (1)

2024 CLEAN ENERGY BUSINESS SUMMIT

Join the Illinois Minority Business Development Agency (IL MBDA) Business Center for our 2024 CLEAN ENERGY BUSINESS SUMMIT We will bring together minority businesses and corporations & government contract holders…

Why Partner with the IL MBDA?

Meet your revenue, supplier diversity, employee diversity, and corporate social responsibility goals.

Get access to a national network of 40+ business centers that are dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of minority business enterprises. Gain access to regional MBDA Business Centers, Advanced Manufacturing Centers, Export Centers, and Specialty Centers, along with federal, state, and local agencies.

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