The mission of the MBDA Business Center – Columbia, SC is to assist Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) compete in the global economy and to stimulate the national and local economy through job creation.
The Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce and operated by DESA, Inc. Through a cooperative agreement with the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), we provide assistance to businesses with a minimum of 51% minority ownership, which includes the following groups: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, Native Americans (including Alaska Natives, Alaska Native Corporations and Tribal entities), Asian Indians and Hasidic Jews.
History of the MBDA
As a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) was created specifically to advance the establishment and growth of minority-owned businesses in America. As the only federal agency created specifically to foster the establishment and growth of minority-owned businesses in America, the MBDA focuses on the innovative organization committed to the creation of wealth in minority communities.
MBDA Vision Statement
The Minority Business Development Agency's vision is to function as an entrepreneurial organization serving entrepreneurs.
MBDA Mission Statement
The Minority Business Development Agency's mission is to enhance the growth and expansion of minority business enterprises. Click here for the complete history of the MBDA.
DESA, Inc., Operator of the MBDA Center – Columbia, SC
Established DESA, Inc., a 29-year old financially-sound, viable small business with the primary focus of economic development. Ms. Sumpter is a strong advocate for the growth and development of minority businesses, providing supportive services, technical assistance and organizational development. Proven hands-on experience in the day-to-day challenges of procuring new business via strategic partnerships and teaming arrangements. Familiar with the federal acquisition and travel regulations as well as overall federal procurement code, enabling the firm to secure contracts with federal agencies including: Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency and many others. Oversee management and profitability within all divisions of business, with special emphasis on economic and organizational development. Provides strategic consulting services to small businesses.