Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Awards Program
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(C)(2)(A)).
Solicitation of Applications for the Minority Business Enterprise Center (MBEC) Program
In accordance with 15 U.S.C. Section 1512 and Executive Order 11625, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is soliciting competitive applications from organizations to operate a Minority Business Enterprise Center (MBEC) in Houston, TX. The MBEC operates through the use of business consultants and provides a range of business consulting and technical assistance services directly to eligible minority-owned businesses in the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Responsibility for ensuring that applications in response to this competitive solicitation are complete and received by MBDA on time is the sole responsibility of the applicant. Applications submitted must be to operate a MBEC and to provide business consultation services to eligible clients. Applications that do not meet these requirements will be rejected. This is not a grant program to help start or to further an individual business.
Extension of the Award Period for Certain Native American Business Enterprise Centers
The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is publishing this notice to allow for up to a twelve (12) month funded extension, on a non-competitive basis, of the overall award periods for those Native American Business Enterprise Centers (NABECs) identified in this notice. MBDA is taking this action to allow for continued program delivery by the incumbent NABECs operators while MBDA completes the competitive solicitation and award processes for the next three (3) year award period for these projects.