Posted by: Tampa Bay Chamber on Monday, September 20, 2021

The Tampa Bay Chamber received a grant from the Florida Business Development Corporation (FBDC) in support of the Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) program. The Minority Business Accelerator program helps Black and Hispanic business owners who are concerned with their lack of business growth and want to learn how to compete in the market more effectively. The MBA program also helps these businesses identify and overcome growth barriers, connect to corporate decision makers, and uncover potential funding opportunities. By providing practical tools for change, program participants are positioned to increase capacity, create jobs, and build wealth.

Florida Business Development Corporation has been dedicated to the success of small businesses in Florida since 1989. As the most active Small Business Administration’s 504 Loan program lender in the east coast of the United States FBDC excels at assisting healthy, growing companies secure long-term, below-market, fixed-rate financing for the acquisition and development of fixed assets. Over the last five fiscal years FBDC has granted over $1.5M to the local communities in which it serves and has also provided grants to organizations like Embarc Collective Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Wave, and the Boys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay.

“We are honored that the Florida Business Development Corporation sees the benefit in our Minority Business Accelerator program and awarded us their grant to help further support the program. The Minority Business Accelerator has made such a positive impact on the minority business community and the larger community in the almost five years since it launched. As we continue to grow and expand the MBA program, the support of organizations like FBDC will be vital to ensuring its success,” said Bob Rohrlack, President and CEO of the Tampa Bay Chamber.

“On behalf of FBDC’s employees and board of directors, we are thrilled to provide the grant to the Tampa Chamber’s MBA program.  Programs such as this one directly tie to FBDC’s economic development mission and we hope spur further partnership from other small businesses in Tampa to grow the program.” Said Bill Habermeyer, President and CEO of the Florida Business Development Corporation.