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GCP seeks Ohio Congressional Delegation support for minority business assistance funding

With the five-year federal funding of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and its centers around the country including Cleveland ending this year, the Greater Cleveland Partnership is urging members of the Ohio Congressional Delegation to support the proposal for renewal funding through FY 2021.

The letter from GCP President and CEO Joe Roman follows up on a visit in 2014 by representatives from the GCP and the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Busineses Center Cleveland to the offices of the Delegation where they discussed the services, successes, and value of the Center for the state of Ohio.

In its first five years of operation, the Cleveland Center Ohio Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) obtain over $101 million in contracts and $21 million in capital awards and was responsible for creating 844 jobs.

The letter notes that “support by Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, was instrumental in winning the first five-year grant and…has offered her ongoing support for this next proposal.

“We ask you to consider joining her in supporting this proposal.”

Click to read more in the letter.

The MBDA Business Center Cleveland is operated by the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership.