Awards Nomination

Instruction
Select an award category from the menu below to submit an online nomination. Learn more about the MBDA National Minority Business Awards Program. Please read instructions before submitting nomination package.
Distinguished Supplier Diversity Award - Comments
Distinguished Supplier Diversity Award is Presented to the organization or individual whose business practices have had a significant impact on the growth and development of minority-owned firms. Please provide answers to each of the following questions.
Robert J. Brown Minority Business Enterprise of the Year - Comments
This award is in honor of Robert J. Brown and the pivotal role he played in transforming society’s views of minority entrepreneurship and creating the Office of Minority Business Enterprise in 1969, known today as the Minority Business Development Agency. It is presented to a minority business enterprise that has exceeded industry standards and achieved phenomenal business success leading to significant growth and job creation, while showing a commitment to social responsibility and strong community involvemen
Minority Health Products And Services Firm of the Year - Comments
Presented to a minority-owned firm that has improved the quality and delivery of healthcare through innovation.
Minority Manufacturing Firm of the Year - Comments
Presented to a minority-owned firm that has achieved success in employing new and innovative techniques that led to a significant increase in market share, job growth and customer satisfaction.
Minority Construction Firm of the Year - Comments
Presented to a minority-owned firm that has achieved outstanding success in private or public construction projects and has exhibited revenue and job growth over a sustained period of time.
Minority Veteran-owned Firm of the Year - Comments
Presented to a veteran-owned minority business enterprise that has success in their industry that has led to a significant increase in job growth and customer satisfaction.
Minority Export Firm of the Year - Comments
Presented to the minority-owned firm that has achieved outstanding success in penetrating domestic and global markets.
Minority Marketing and Communication Firm of the Year - Comments
Presented to a minority-owned firm who has achieved notable success in the marketing and communication industry by demonstrating creativity and impact.
Minority Professional Services Firm of the Year - Comments
Presented to a minority-owned firm that has achieved outstanding success in professional, scientific and/or technical services.
Minority Innovative Technology Firm of the Year - Comments
Presented to a minority-owned firm that has achieved outstanding success in promoting the use of technology in new and innovative ways, leading to greater efficiency and higher productivity.
Ronald H. Brown Leadership Award - Comments
The Ronald H. Brown Leadership Award is inspired by the outstanding leadership of the late U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Ronald H. Brown. As the first African-American to serve as the Department’s Secretary, he was a staunch advocate for diversity and business expansion. The Award recognizes individuals who have achieved significant results by promoting diversity, expanding minority business enterprise, and demonstrating exceptional leadership in the public or private sector.
Abe Venable Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement - Comments
The Abe Venable Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement celebrates high standards of excellence, dedication, and accomplishments over a sustained period of time. The award is granted to an individual who has played an integral role in the creative, technical, or professional progress of minority business development over the course of his/her life.
Access to Capital Award - Comments
Presented to an individual or organization that has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the financial community by providing traditional and/or alternative working or investment capital to minority-owned businesses.
Advocate of the Year Award - Comments
Presented to an individual or organization that has demonstrated significant accomplishment in advocating minority business enterprise as an economic force in the global economy.

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