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Phoenix MBDA Business Center recognized as the Export Service Provider of the Year
Jun 9, 2016, 10:30am MST


Some businesses realize that with Arizona’s global trading economy growing at three times the rate of domestic-only economy, there’s an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed. Several award-winners were recognized by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton at the Sister Cities 17th Annual Global Links Business Outlook luncheon. One of the resources, specifically helping small and mid-size businesses grab a share of the global trading dollars is the Phoenix Minority Business Development Agency Business Center. Alika Kumar was recognized as the public sector Export Service Provider of the Year.

“I’m here to simply help businesses grow and scale to globally compete,” she said. “We take a business and connect it to the resources it needs. There is so much opportunity in Mexico, and it’s so easy to do business there for Arizona companies.” Kumar said she’s reaching out to aerospace and automotive manufacturers. “There is a huge supply chain opportunity for small businesses,” she said. “My role is to help minority businesses get into that chain and grow. It’s so exciting to do this every day.”

Weeminuche Construction Authority Recognized as Minority Construction Firm of the Year

Top Overall Performance Award


On July 22, 2015, at the MBDA* National Training Conference in New Orleans, the Phoenix MBDA Business Center was once again recognized as the top performing MBDA Center in the nation with the Top Overall Performance Award, with the highest points ever awarded to any Center in the history of MBDA.

Phoenix MBDA Business Center & Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce congratulate the 2015 Minority Business Award Winners

  • 2015 Minority Firm of the Year, Bexar Advanced Solutions Group, Ted Garcia
  • 2015 Minority Construction Firm of the Year, DAP Construction Management, LLC, Alicia Hernandez
  • 2015 Minority Energy Firm of the Year, GEC, LLC, Michael Outlaw
  • 2015 Minority Technology Firm of the Year, Hypertec USA, Mike Marracino
  • 2015 Minority Marketing & Communication Firm of the Year, Mountain View Media, Jane Desgrosseilliers
  • 2015 Champion of Minority Business Development, Advocate of the Year, Billie Anderson, Small Business Administration

The 2015 National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week awards ceremony recognized Weeminuche Construction Authority (WCA) as Minority Construction Firm of the Year.  The company was formed in 1985 by the Tribal Council of the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe, to create a Tribal-owned business enterprise that would offer employment and increase income for the Tribe. WCA is wholly owned by the Tribe and has functioned as a successful construction company under the same name since its inception.

WCA has extensive experience in heavy construction, including site preparation and clearing, earthwork and grading, plus drainage and utilities. Weeminuche has historically performed most of its work within the four corners states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. WCA is an 8(a) Small and Disadvantaged Business graduate. In addition, they are a classified as a U.S. Small Business Administration HUBZone business. The award was presented by MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. astillo and National Deputy Director Albert Shen at the annual MED Week awards ceremony held at the San Diego Convention Center.

Blogged By:  Jean-Robert Baguidy, Team Lead Capital Access

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