The Houston MBDA Business Center
|The Houston Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center is operated by Houston Community College and is funded, in part, by the U.S. Department of Commerce through the Minority Business Development Agency and has been hosted at Houston Community College since September 2013.|
To foster the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. businesses that are minority-owned by facilitating transactions through referrals; business consulting; contract proposal preparation; loan packaging and matching Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) to contract opportunities, prime contractors, and capital resources.
The Houston MBDA Business Center is part of a national network of centers established to assist existing minority-owned businesses. Our services are designed to improve your access to capital, procurement opportunities, and domestic and international markets, make your business more profitable, create jobs, and make your company sustainable.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and operated by Houston Community College, the Center is committed to working with qualified Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) needing assistance in expansion, and sustainability. Our staff have years of business and financial experience to help meet your needs and offer a wealth of resources that fully address all of your business requirements.
A New Strategic Direction:
MBEs today are growing faster than the general business community. However, they may be challenged in terms of penetrating markets, attracting capital, and growing revenue. MBDA has re-engineered the Business Centers across the country to focus on growing existing minority-owned firms. Our efforts are targeted at providing assistance to:
- Rapid-growth potential firms
- High-impact firms
Revenue and jobs generate wealth in this country. It is MBDA’s goal, through its Business Centers, to help MBEs create jobs and revenue. This new direction will redirect resources strategically so that all firms are served in a way that will ultimately help us achieve our goal.
Houston MBDA Staff Biographies
Chris Bilton, Program Director
Chris Bilton, Program Director, was formerly the Executive Director of the Greater Southeast Management District. Previously, he was the Program Director of the Houston Minority Business Enterprise Center. Prior to that, he served as Interim President and CEO of the Center for Houston’s Future. A native of Houston, he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas State University and his Master of Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University.
Mark Praigg, Business Advisor
Mark Praigg, Business Advisor, was a Business Consultant with the Houston Area Urban League and a Small Business Advisor with the Houston Galveston Women’s Business Center. Previously, he was a Business Consultant with the Houston Minority Business Enterprise Center. A native of California, he is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts Studies.
Warren Winston, Business Advisor
Warren Winston, Business Advisor, was formerly a senior business consultant working with small- and mid-size companies throughout the United States. Previously he had been a Corporate Solutions Specialist with Dale Carnegie Training. Warren is certified in Executive and Leadership Coaching and Training with the John Maxwell Team. A native of New York, he is a graduate of Hampton University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications.