MBDA Business Center

The Phoenix MBDA Business Center is federally funded by the Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce and is locally operated by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The Center is focused on securing large public and private contracts, financing transactions, stimulating job creation and retention, and facilitating entry to global markets for eligible minority-owned businesses.

The Center serves all MBEs with a focus on clients with annual revenues of over $1,000,000 or are participants in a high-growth industry (e.g. green technology, clean energy, health care, infrastructure and broadband technology, among others).

Our services include  

Strategic Business Consulting:

  • Facilitating access to global entrepreneurship, procurement and contracting
  • Marketing, bidding and networking assistance
  • Provide access to capital, finance packaging and bonding
  • Assist with teaming and partnerships for contracting
  • Assist with import/export
  • Connect you to our nationwide MBDA network of resources  

Minority Certification Assistance:

  • Local DBE, SBE, 8(a), SDB, GSA schedules and more  

Workshops, Seminars and Conferences:

  • Business-to-business forums to connect you with opportunities and buyers  


  • Connecting you with resources that fit your needs 

2013 Minority Enterprise Development Award Winners

• Minority Firm of the Year: Fortis Networks 
• Minority Construction Firm of the Year: Hubzone Corporation 
• Minority Manufacturing Firm of the Year: Reliance Wire & Cable
• Minority Technology Firm of the Year: Native Technology Solutions
• Minority Advocate of the Year: Navajo Housing Authority

The MBDA Awards Program is designed to celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs as well as individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing minority business enterprise. As such diversity of the awardees is an objective of the program.

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce is the only federal agency dedicated exclusively to fostering the establishment and growth of minority businesses in the United States.  MBDA and its network of business centers serve minority entrepreneurs who are pursuing growth in size, scale and capacity. In doing so, minority firms are better positioned to create new jobs, impact local economies and expand into national and global marketplaces.


MBDA Business Center Staff 


Alika Kumar
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Isauro Gonzalez
Business Consultnt &
Finance Specialist
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 Peter Schwartz
Native American Specialist
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Kaaren-Lyn Morton
Business Consultant
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For more information contact:
MBDA Business Center
Alika Kumar, Director
255 E. Osborn Road
Suite 202
T: 602.248.0007
F: 602.279.8900
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