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Director Hinson Visits Oakland to Discuss Recovery Act and Inclusion of Minority-Owned Businesses in Contracting Opportunities

Oakland, CA (March 1, 2010) MBDA National Director David A. Hinson will join Oakland, CA Mayor Ron Dellums, U.S. Representative Barbara Lee and officials from the White House, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Small Business Administration to discuss the opportunities for minority-owned firms in the Bay area provided through the Recovery Act on Monday, March 1 at 9:30am. 

“MBDA, along with our strategic partners, is committed to ensuring that minority-owned firms are able to secure contracts and grants made possible through the Recovery Act.  From modernizing inland ports to greening public housing here in Oakland, minority-owned firms are qualified and capable to work on these, and many other projects.  Minority-owned firms create jobs and build wealth in our communities.  The success of these firms directly affects the success of the U.S. economy,” said MBDA National Director David A. Hinson.

The press conference will take place at Oakland City Hall, City Council Chambers on March 1, 2010 at 9:30am and will be followed by a bus tour of key Oakland sites that have been funded through stimulus dollars.  The bus tour is open to the press and will depart Oakland City Hall at 10:30am. 

Interviews with MBDA National Director David A. Hinson may be arranged by calling Lahne Mattas-Curry at 202.482.4690.

Media and reporters interested in attending the press conference and the bus tour should RSVP Paul Rose at

About the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
MBDA (, U.S. Department of Commerce, serves minority entrepreneurs across America who are building and growing businesses.  For the last 40 years, MBDA has promoted the growth and competitiveness of minority-owned firms. These firms are then better equipped to create jobs, impact local economies and compete successfully in domestic and global marketplaces.  With a nationwide network of nearly 50 business centers and strategic partners, MBDA assists minority entrepreneurs and business owners with consulting services, contract and financing opportunities, bonding and certification services, building business-to-business alliances and strategic partnerships.

MBDA Contact
Lahne Mattas-Curry, 202-482-4690