South Carolina MBDA Business Center has been assisting minority-owned businesses for more than 25 years. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, its staff have been on the front lines of the quest to help businesses, churches, universities, farmers, and nonprofit organizations make it through the COVID-19 crisis with their operations and employees as intact as possible.


In May 2020, Congress appropriated funds to U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to provide education, training, and consultation to minority business enterprises (MBEs). South Carolina MBDA Business Center COVID-19 Business Support Project has focused its initiatives on that mission.


  • Create a system of working committees that function as think tanks for developing and periodically updating the strategic agenda for minority economic prosperity across the Carolinas.

  • Help people and enterprises become more resilient so they effectively rebound and rise while receiving maximum benefits from economic stimuli and other recovery and economic programs, laws, regulations, and policies.

  • Recommend specific strategies and actions for increasing intensive and broad-scale capital, infrastructure, technology, and other investments.

  • Seek continued commitment from all sectors to address inequities and systemic discrimination that result in economic disparities.

  • Promote programs, policies and initiatives that lead to recurring benefits (short and long-term) for minority-owned businesses, nonprofits, and educational institutions, as well as initiate contact to minority-serving financiers.