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MBDA Inaugural Salute Gala Celebration

June 21 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm CDT

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MBDA Inaugural Salute Gala Celebration

Director Turner and the entire Houston MBDA Team thank you for your support of the MBDA Inaugural Salute Gala Celebration. Although this will be our 9th Annual Salute event, it will also be our first-ever Salute Gala Celebration, and we couldn’t be more honored to have you with us. Additionally, this Gala Celebration will take place on Friday, June 21, 2024, and will honor minority-owned Construction firms and the Corporations and Community Partners who support them.

Not only that, all proceeds support the Houston MBDA and the vital work we do throughout the Houston Region. Lastly, please email us at mbda@hccs.edu with any questions.

Lifetime Achievement Honoree

George Martinez 

Vice Chairman, Board of Directors 

Stellar Bank

2024 MBDA Honorees
Entrepreneurs of the Year

Marissa Allen & Jeff Allen

Cookie Society

Community Partner of the Year

Barbara Gallo

Asian Chamber of Commerce

Government Advocate of the Year

Congressman Al Green

9th Cong. District of Texas

Houston MBDA Advocate of the Year

Jessica Vaquez

Houston MBDA

Corporate Partners of the Year

McCarthy Building Company

DEI Team

Diversity & Inclusion Advocate of the Year

Jeanette Boleware

Fort Bend ISD

Client of the Year

Tony Samper 

American Services

About Houston MBDA Business Center

The Houston MBDA Business Center is operated by Houston Community College. The program is funded, in part, by the U.S. Department of Commerce through the Minority Business Development Agency and has been hosted at Houston Community College since September 2013. Moreover, MBDA Business Centers are staffed by business specialists who help minority businesses access procurement opportunities, markets, and capital.

Our Mission

To foster the growth and global competitiveness of minority-owned U.S. businesses by facilitating transactions through referrals, business consulting, and matching Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) to contract opportunities and capital resources.

Also, the Houston MBDA Business Center is part of a national network of centers established to assist existing minority-owned businesses. In particular, our services are designed to improve your access to capital, procurement opportunities, and domestic and international markets, make your business more profitable, create jobs, and make your company sustainable.

Specifically, the Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and operated by Houston Community College. Furthermore, it is committed to working with qualified Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) needing assistance in expansion and sustainability. Overall, our staff has years of business and financial experience to help meet your needs and offer a wealth of resources that fully address all of your business requirements.

Houston MBDA Business Center Team

Marshette Turner Ray 



Jessica Vasquez

Program Coordinator


Deidra Sutton

Business Advisor 


Learn more about Houston MBDA Business Center.

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June 21
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm CDT
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Houston MBDA Business Center
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Norris Conference Center – Red Oak Ballroom AB
816 Town and Country Boulevard
Houston, 77024 United States
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(713) 590-0953
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