About the Houston MBDA Business Center
We invite you to learn more about how the MBDA Business Center's staff can help you strengthen and grow your business.
The Houston Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is operated by Houston Community College. The program 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. MBDA Business Centers are staffed by business specialists who help minority businesses access procurement opportunities, markets and capital.
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 and capital sources.
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.
- Procurement Assistance/Access to Markets
- Access to Capital
- One-on-One Business Consulting
- Other Strategic Services
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
Roger Harris, Program Director
Roger Harris, Program Director, was formerly the External Affairs Manager of the City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity. Previously, he was the owner of Beta Financial Resources LLC. He also served as a Business Consultant with Houston Business Development, Inc. A native of Massachusetts, he is a graduate of the University of Houston, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance.
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.
Ngoc Doan, Office Manager
Ngoc Doan, Office Manager, was a Transfer Counselor at the University of Houston Downtown. Previously, she was the Secretary/Office Assistant for the Harris County Supervision and Corrections Department. A native of Vietnam, she is a graduate of the University of Houston Downtown, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Computer Information Systems. She is bilingual in Vietnamese.