mbi: About Us


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The Minority Business Initiative (MBI), developed by the Department of Economic and Community Development in cooperation with its strategic partnerships, is designed to boost access to technical assistance, state, federal and private funding, and public contracting opportunities for minority-owned businesses in the state.

By law, there is a Minority Business Initiative Advisory Board to:
 
(1) advise the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development with regard to increasing the availability of technical assistance, access to capital and access to state contracts to minority-owned businesses; and
 
(2) develop and administer programs to foster financial literacy, minority employment and entrepreneurship, which may include, but need not be limited to, internship and externship programs, apprenticeship programs, entrepreneurship programs and subsidies to employers for job creation.

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DECD takes a multi-pronged approach that includes working with community organizations, media outlets, and other outreach efforts to raise awareness about the many programs and services offered by the state and its partners.   

DECD has partnered with HEDCO Inc. to launch a new a bilingual hotline 1-844-257-9503 that provides program and resource information in English and Spanish, and create targeted marketing materials.

MBI maintains as part of its focus stimulating economic growth in communities with higher unemployment..

HEDCO will administer the minority business financial assistance.

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The board is comprised of community leaders, small business owners, and business development professionals, with a range of experience in the following any of the areas: (A) skill, knowledge and experience in business and business development, procurement, and state and federal contracting; (B) skill, knowledge and experience in developing minority-owned businesses; (C) membership or office position in a community organization serving minority populations that has economic development, including, but not limited to, business and entrepreneurial development, as part of its mission; (D) business development education and training expertise; (E) representing a business or organization that primarily engages in business development; or (F) business ownership.

 
 
Current members:

 

Avery Gaddis

Director of Urban Affairs, Connecticut Senate Republican Caucus

 

Howard Hill

Owner, Howard K. Hill Funeral Services LLC

 

Roberta Hoskie

President, Outreach Realty Servicing LLC

 

James Maye

Member, Law Offices of James T. Maye LLC

 

Doug McCrory

State Senator, Connecticut Senate Democratic Caucus

 

George Mathanool

President, Connecticut Overseas Ventures and Enterprises, Inc. (COVE)

 

Catherine Smith

Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development

 

Leonard Webb

Director, Ethnic Online

 

Samuel Wilson

Member, Samuel Wilson, Jr. CPA

 

 

2017 Meeting Dates

 

January 6, 2017

February 3, 2017

March 3, 2017

April 7, 2017

May 5, 2017

June 2, 2017

July 7, 2017 ==> rescheduled to July 25, 2017

August 4, 2017

September 1, 2017

October 30, 2017

No regular meeting in November (strategic session instead)

December 14, 2017

 

 

Update 10-13-2017:

As par Sections 6 and 7 of Public Act 17-219, the Connecticut General Assembly and the DECD Commissioner appointed a new minority business advisory board. See https://www.cga.ct.gov/2017/ACT/PA/2017PA-00219-R00SB-00966-PA.htm.

 





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