Houston Minority Business Enterprise Center Opens its Doors in Downtown Houston

NCRC extends its small business development initiatives to Houston via newly opened Houston Minority Business Enterprise Center

Houston, TX— The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) announced today the opening of the Houston Minority Business Enterprise Center (HMBEC). Located downtown in the Houston Technology Center at 410 Pierce Street, the HMBEC will provide training and technical assistance to minority-owned businesses. Aligned with NCRC’s mission to promote access to credit and capital to underserved communities, the Houston MBEC will join NCRC’s two thriving business development initiatives: the DC Minority Business Enterprise Center (DC MBEC) and the DC Women’s Business Center (DC WBC).

“We are proud that we can bring to Houston what our DC Minority Business Enterprise Center has been successfully providing to minority businesses in the Washington, DC region: the tools they need to access capital, and to create and sustain business growth,” said Owen Jackson, Vice President for Business Development at NCRC.

The Houston center is headed by Director Christopher Bilton. Joining Bilton on the HMBEC staff are Mark Praigg, Business Consultant, and Janet Murillo, Administrative Assistant & Business Consultant.

Christopher Bilton, Director of HMBEC said, “We’re confident that the HMBEC will be a standout in the region and of real service to the business community in Greater Houston. We look forward to advancing NCRC’s work, by creating the conditions for business growth and ensuring the economic sustainability of minority business enterprises in the Houston area.”

The Houston MBEC is operated by NCRC and funded in part by a grant from the Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). Comparable to the DC MBEC, the Houston MBEC will offer professional services and expert advice to existing minority business enterprises grossing $500,000 or more in annual revenue. HMBEC offers advice on access to capital, finance, accounting, business management and development, government contracting, marketing, strategic planning, and bonding and venture capital investing.


For media inquiries, please contact Jesse Van Tol at 202-464-2709 or jvantol@ncrc.org. For more information about the HMBEC, please contact Christopher Bilton, Director, at (713) 357-9559 or cbilton@hmbec.org

About the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC):

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition is an association of more than 600 community-based organizations that promote access to basic banking services, including credit and savings, to create and sustain affordable housing, job development, and vibrant communities for America’s working families. http://ncrc.org/



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