The U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency is looking for an organization to operate an MBDA Business Center in New Orleans and will pay the group $10.2 million over five years to do so.

The agency is looking for an organization that can provide business consulting services to minority-owned firms, give them increased access to public and private sector contracting opportunities, financing and capital investments. The successful applicant will have experience in assisting minority firms with obtaining large-scale contracts and financial transactions; accessing corporate supply chains; facilitating joint ventures, teaming arrangements, mergers and acquisitions; conducting export transactions; and performing minority business advocacy.

Applications are due Dec. 3. More information can be found on at www.grants.gov or www.mbda.gov.