“Buy MBE Day” Launched by Florida’s MBDA Export Center September 19, 2020

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To encourage corporations, government buyers, and individuals to shop and purchase goods and services from their local minority-owned business community, the Minority Development Business Agency (MBDA) Export Center – Florida, will launch a Buy MBE Day  Saturday, September 19th.

Business Awareness and Visibility

Buy MBE Day also offers a vital forum for helping to generate awareness and visibility of the economic and quality of life contributions made by minority firms.

“Here in Florida, we are extremely proud of the businesses we serve, as we work to create greater access to capital, contracts, and markets,”
“We’re gearing up for Buy MBE Day to do all we can to help promote and commemorate the day throughout our community and inspire others to spend more dollars with our minority-owned businesses.”
Marie Gill, Operator and Executive Director of the MBDA Expo Center – Florida, and CEO of M. Gill & Associates.

Inaugural Awareness Campaign

The inaugural awareness campaign launches on the last day of the MED Week, a national observance by presidential proclamation, whose week-long events feature award presentations, industry sessions, and networking opportunities in a dynamic virtual environment.

MBDA Business Centers and Specialty Centers

Joining forces with the national network of MBDA Business Centers and Specialty Centers, the MBDA Export Center in Florida will champion and promote support for minority-owned firms and aid in addressing the devastating impacts of business disruptions and economic hardships that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we continue putting our “Open for Business” signs throughout Florida, we want to encourage everyone to consciously start supporting and doing more business with minority-owned enterprises from this national awareness day and beyond. Every citizen’s dedication to supporting minority-owned businesses can make a resounding difference in urban and rural communities. Supporting these firms is good business and strengthens the overall health of our Nation’s economy,”
Marie Gill.

M. Gill & Associates, Inc

About M. Gill & Associates, Inc. – M. Gill & Associates, Inc. is a specialty consulting firm that develops, administers, and manages strategic growth and economic development initiatives for small, minority, and women businesses, government agencies, corporations, and educational institutions that operate in the local and global economies. M. Gill & Associates, Inc., operates the MBDA Export Center – Florida and is a CARES Act Grantee that is helping in the Covid-19 Recovery process for small and minority firms throughout the state.

Learn More

To learn more about the “Buy MBE Day 2020” national initiative and how to participate visit

What is an MBE / WBE?

A Minority Business Enterprise means the business is at least 51% owned by U.S. citizens who are,  Asian, Black, Hispanic, and Native American. A WBE is a Business Enterprise,  51% owned and controlled by one or more women.

Getting certified as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) or Minority Business Executive (MBE) has major advantages. Most state and federal agencies, as well as many corporations, allocate a certain percentage of projects and contracts to officially recognized minority and women-owned businesses.

About the MBDA

Learn more about MBE/WBE certification here