Announcing “Buy MBE Day” on September 19, 2020

The national network of MBDA Business and Specialty Centers partner to launch inaugural awareness campaign to promote minority business enterprises

In honor of the 2020 National Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week), the MBDA-Tacoma Business Center will launch aBuy MBE Dayin Tacoma on Saturday, September 19th.  The Tacoma Center will join the national network of MBDA Business and Specialty Centers across the country in demonstrating support and commitment to the minority business community.

The inaugural launch is intended to encourage corporations, government buyers, and individuals to shop and purchase goods and services from their local minority-owned business community. Buy MBE Day also offers an important forum for helping generate awareness of the economic and quality of life contributions made by minority firms.

“Here in Puget Sound, we are extremely proud of the businesses we serve, working to create greater access to capital, contracts, and markets,” said Linda Womack, Program Director of MBDA-Tacoma Business Center. “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 local minority-owned businesses.”

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.  Joining forces with the national network of MBDA Business Centers and Specialty Centers, the Tacoma Center 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 out our “Open for Business” signs in the city of Tacoma, we want to encourage everyone to consciously start supporting and doing more business with minority-owned business 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.” said Linda Womack, Program Director of MBDA-Tacoma Business Center.

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

About MBDA-Tacoma Business Center:
A federal grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency that provides business development services to help minority business enterprises create jobs, build scale and capacity, increase revenues, and expand into new markets. Operating since September of 2016, MBDA-Tacoma Business Center is one of 40 centers providing technical assistance and strategic business consulting to established minority-owned businesses in the Puget Sound region.

About City of Tacoma:
Birthplace of world renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly, Tacoma is home to a vibrant, creative community of writers, artists and musicians, photographers, filmmakers, passionate entrepreneurs and business owners.

Part of the largest metropolitan region in Washington State, Tacoma is experiencing unprecedented growth. With more than $1 billion being invested in downtown Tacoma alone, private investment has surpassed public investment by a nearly 4:1 ratio. The City of Tacoma welcomes businesses of all sizes and understands that a thriving, diverse business environment is the lifeblood of Tacoma’s local economy. Learn more at