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Columbia MBDA to host outlook summit for small, minority-owned businesses

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The MBDA Business Center of Columbia will host an economic outlook summit on Friday for the state’s small, and minority-owned businesses to learn of procurement opportunities in the transportation, infrastructure and commercial/residential development industries.

“The event will provide small and minority business owners the information they need to make smart decisions about the growth and expansion of their business,” said Camille Shaw, center director. “We want everyone who attends to walk away with firsthand information on each sector, so they can determine how they fit into the federal, state, and local procurement process. They can then use that information, as well as the connections they make, to grow their business.”

The event will provide opportunities for attendees to meet with agency procurement representatives, including representatives from Shaw Air Force Base.

The event will be at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., with the opening session at 9 a.m. To register, go to

The MBDA Business Center aids minority-owned businesses; those with at least 51% minority ownership. The center is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce and operated by DESA Inc. 

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