The strategic partnership is poised to deliver substantial value to economically distressed communities around the country

Washington, DC – KDM & Associates, operator of the nation's sole Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Federal Procurement Center (FPC) – a vital agency under the U.S. Department of Commerce, as found at – is proud to announce a groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with "The HUBZone Council," -- a leading advocate for Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones). This strategic partnership is poised to deliver substantial value to economically distressed communities throughout the United States.

The MOU formalizes the commitment of both organizations to collaboratively work towards fostering economic development and empowerment within HUBZone communities. By synergizing the expertise, resources, and networks of the HUBZone Council and MBDA Federal Procurement Center (MBDA FPC), this partnership aims to unleash a wave of opportunities that will uplift these underserved areas.

Key Highlights of the MOU

Strategic Collaboration: The HUBZone Council and MBDA FPC will join forces in initiatives, programs, and events aimed at empowering HUBZone businesses and promoting economic growth within these communities.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship: By nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship within HUBZone areas, the partnership will encourage job creation, wealth generation, and community development.


Board Chair, Shirley Bailey, and Michelle Burnett, Executive Director of the HUBZone Council, expressed, "This MOU signifies a monumental step in our commitment to empower economically distressed communities. By joining forces with MBDA, we can amplify our impact, create opportunities, and drive sustainable growth where it's needed most."

Keith Moore, Operator of the MBDA FPC, added, "We are excited to partner with the HUBZone Council in our shared mission to support minority-owned businesses and disadvantaged communities. Together, we will harness the power of collaboration to promote economic equity and prosperity."

The HUBZone Council and MBDA FPC are eager to embark on this transformative journey, dedicated to driving change, fostering economic resilience, and empowering HUBZone businesses across the nation.

About the HUBZone Council:

The HUBZone Contractors National Council is a non-profit trade association providing information and support for companies and professionals interested in the HUBZone Program. Our mission is to assist small businesses from distressed areas to maximize their success in earning federal contracts so that they may restore jobs and economic stability to those communities that need it the most.



The MBDA Federal Procurement Center (FPC) – under the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) – has a critical mission to support Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) throughout the Nation in gaining access to, winning and succeeding in Government contracting. The MBDA FPC helps MBEs build scale and capacity, increase revenues, create and retain jobs, and expand regionally, nationally and internationally.




KDM & Associates / MBDA FPC                                  

Dr. Gaylord Neal, Consultant 

Strategic Communications/QME Agency  

[email protected] 

HUBZone Contractors National Council

Michelle Burnett, Executive Director

[email protected]


MBDA FPC HUBZone Council Strategic Partnership Empower Economically Distressed Communities

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