Our Partners

Strategic partnerships are established to assist the center with: (1) generating successful contract and financial transactions; (2) creating new jobs and/or retain existing jobs; (3) helping MBEs to achieve size and scale; (4) assisting MBEs achieve globalization, and (5) developing referral sources for MBEs that do not meet the targeted client criteria. Strategic partnerships must be documented in writing through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or similar agreement that records the terms and conditions of the partnership

Examples of MBC strategic partners include, but are not limited to:  (1) large purchasing organizations; (2) banks and financial institutions; (3) state, county or city governments; (4) chambers of commerce or trade associations; (5) U.S. Export Assistance Centers, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers; (6) Small Business Development Centers; (7) community development corporations; (8) technology-based economic development organizations; and, (9) other organizations interested in furthering the growth and global competitiveness of MBEs.

Strategic Partners participate in monthly conference calls and quarterly in person meeting. Conference calls and meetings provide a forum for update by partners and center staff on program outcomes and client engagement. It also allows for a systematic tracking of contract, finance and/or capacity building results.

The make up of the network is organized to tie into the MBDA requirement to facilitate MBE “access to markets; capital and capacity building” resources. As well as assisting Center meet its performance goals. Benefit to partner is an ongoing access to both a local and national minority business network and opportunity for Center market each partners’ outreach events to the boarder minority business community via LABAVN.

Structure: Strategic Partner Network
Network is organized and partners recruited in the following categories designed to align with the MBDA program requirements and performance metric

Corporate procurement and capacity building
Commitment: 1) conduct at least (1) B2B outreach event annually; 2) participate in MBC mentor-protégée program and mentor up (2) MBC clients annually; 3) provide financial support for the annual MED Week event.

Federal Contracting and capacity building
Commitment: facilitate access to federal contract opportunities; referral of both large corporate and national MBEs as potential teaming partners with Center clients. 

Capacity Building
Commitment: provide capacity building services in accordance client assessment and work plan developed by Center staff to promote business growth.  Services provided may be pro bono or fee based.

Access to Capital
An informal network of conventional capital sources, however, access to bonding and equity capital is strategic focus for network participation. 

Our Strategic Partners

Access to Market
  • AEG Worldwide
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Federal & Commercial Contracts, Inc.
  • Pacific Coast Regional-Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
  • Swinerton Builders
  • Los Angeles World Airport
  • Turner Construction
  • Port of Los Angeles
  • Walsh Austin Joint Venture

Note: The targeted markets include corporate, federal, and export markets.

Access to Capital
  • Bond Services of California
  • Capacity Building
  • U.S. Army Corp of Engineers
  • Grant Thronton
  • Pacific Coast Regional-Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
  • Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council (SCMSDC)
  • Kiewit Infrastructure

To become a strategic partner email Ronald Lowe at ron.lowe@lacity.org.  

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