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Extension of the Award Period for Certain Minority Business Enterprise Centers

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AGENCY:

Minority Business Development Agency, Commerce.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) publishes this notice of a funded extension of up to nine months, on a non-competitive basis, of the award periods for those Minority Business Enterprise Centers (MBECs) identified in this notice. This action is necessary to allow for continued program delivery by the incumbent MBEC operators while MBDA completes the development of a new minority business development grant program, solicits competitive applications and processes new awards.

DATES:

The extension and related funding, if approved, will commence at the end of the current award period and will continue for a period not to exceed nine months.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Efrain Gonzalez, Chief, Office of Business Development, Minority Business Development Agency, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room 5075, Washington, DC 20230. Mr. Gonzalez may be reached by telephone at (202) 482-1940 and by e-mail at egonzalez@mbda.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Pursuant to Executive Order 11625, the MBEC Program provides standardized business assistance and development services directly to eligible minority-owned businesses. The MBEC Program is a key component of MBDA's overall business development assistance program; it promotes the growth and competitiveness of minority business enterprises, and further incorporates an entrepreneurial approach to the delivery of client services. This strategy expands the reach and service delivery of the MBEC Program by requiring project operators to develop and build upon strategic alliances with public and private sector partners as a means of serving eligible businesses within each MBEC's applicable geographical service area.

MBDA amends its prior competitive solicitations under the MBEC Program, as referenced in the below table, to provide funding extensions of up to nine months, on a non-competitive basis, to the award period for the following MBEC projects:

Name of ProjectName of OperatorGeographical Service AreaOriginal Federal Register Notice
Alabama MBECMobile Area Chamber of Commerce, IncState of Alabama71 FR 42351, as amended by 71 FR 45773 and by 74 FR 58246.
Georgia MBECGeorgia Tech Research CorporationState of Georgia71 FR 42351, as amended by 74 FR 58246.
Miami MBECM. Gill & Associates, IncMiami/Ft. Lauderdale/Pompano Beach MSA72 FR 67277, as amended by 74 FR 58246.
Mississippi MBECArkansas Regional Minority Business CouncilState of Mississippi71 FR 42351, as amended by 71 FR 45773 and 74 FR 58246.
North Carolina MBECNorth Carolina Institute of Minority Economic DevelopmentState of North Carolina71 FR 42351, as amended by 74 FR 58246.
South Carolina MBECDESA, Inc.State of South Carolina71 FR 42351, as amended by 74 FR 58246.
Chicago MBECChicago Community VenturesState of Illinois71 FR 42351, as amended by 74 FR 58246.
Detroit MBECMichigan Minority Business Development CouncilState of Michigan71 FR 42351, as amended by 71 FR 58788 and by 74 FR 58246.
Indianapolis MBECState of IndianaState of Indiana71 FR 42351, as amended by 74 FR 58246.
St. Louis MBECSt. Louis Minority Business Development CouncilState of Missouri71 FR 42351, as amended by 74 FR 58246.
Dallas MBECGrijalva & Allen, P.CDallas/Fort Worth/Arlington MSA71 FR 42351, as amended by 74 FR 58246.
El Paso MBECEl Paso Hispanic Chamber of CommerceEl Paso MSA72 FR 71621, as amended by 74 FR 58246.
New Mexico MBECNEDA Business Consultants, IncState of New Mexico71 FR 42351, as amended by 74 FR 58246.
San Antonio MBECUniversity of Texas at San AntonioSan Antonio MSA71 FR 42351, as amended by 74 FR 58246.
PennsylvaniaThe Enterprise CenterState of Pennsylvania71 FR 42351, as amended by 74 FR 58246.
Puerto Rico MBECAsociacion Productos de Puerto RicoPuerto Rico Islandwide71 FR 42351, as amended by 74 FR 58246.
Queens MBECJamaica Business Resource CenterNew York Counties of: Queens, Nassau & Suffolk71 FR 42351, as amended by 74 FR 58246.
Washington DC Metro MBECNational Community Reinvestment Coalition, IncWashington, DC/Arlington/Alexandria MSA71 FR 42351, as amended by 74 FR 58246.
Williamsburg MBECODA Community Development CorporationNew York Counties of: Kings & Richmond71 FR 42351, as amended by 74 FR 58246.
Arizona MBECArizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce FoundationState of Arizona71 FR 42351, as amended by 74 FR 58246.
Honolulu MBECUniversity of HawaiiHonolulu MSA72 FR 67277, as amended by 74 FR 58246.
Inland Empire MBECCHARO Community Development CorporationCalifornia Counties of: Orange, Riverside, Inland Empire, San Diego & San Bernardino71 FR 42351, as amended by 74 FR 58246.
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Los Angeles MBECUniversity of Southern CaliforniaCalifornia Counties of: Los Angeles & Ventura71 FR 42351, as amended by 74 FR 58246.
Nevada MBECNew Ventures Capital Development CompanyState of Nevada71 FR 42351, as amended by 74 FR 58246.
Northern California MBECAsian, IncCalifornia Counties of: Santa Clara, Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo, San Benito, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Contra Costa, Mendocino, San Joaquin, Sacramento, & Marin71 FR 42351, as amended by 74 FR 58246.
Washington MBECSeattle Business Assistance CenterState of Washington71 FR 42351, as amended by 74 FR 58246.

Award extensions and their additional funding described herein will be made at the sole discretion of MBDA and the Department of Commerce using the following evaluation criteria: (1) The MBEC's overall program performance rating during the 2009 program year; (2) the availability of appropriated funds; and (3) MBDA's and the Department of Commerce's priorities. MBDA will review each of the MBEC's overall performance ratings as evaluated through the standardized performance reports and assessments required under the MBEC Program to determine which projects will be offered an extension. MBDA will prioritize those MBEC awards meeting the above criteria that also have current award periods scheduled to end on or before January 31, 2010. In addition, although MBDA is allowing the award period for all of the above-referenced MBEC projects to be extended, it is possible that not all projects will be offered an extension and that some or all awards will be extended for less than a nine-month period.

A total of approximately $1.1 million in FY 2010 funds is available under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010, Public Law 111-117, to fund award extensions for the MBEC projects referenced in this notice. MBDA also anticipates that additional appropriated funds will be available in FY 2011 to fund award extensions for those MBEC projects not receiving extensions during FY 2010. In no event will MBDA or the Department of Commerce be responsible for any costs incurred outside of the current award period by the incumbent operators of the MBEC projects affected by this notice if the MBEC Program fails to receive funding, or if an award extension is not made because of other MBDA or Department of Commerce priorities. Publication of this announcement does not oblige MBDA or the Department of Commerce to award any extensions or to obligate any available funds.

Department of Commerce Pre-Award Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements

The Department of Commerce Pre-Award Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements contained in the Federal Register notice of February 11, 2008 (73 FR 7696) are applicable to this notice.

Paperwork Reduction Act

This document contains collection of information requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The use of the MBDA Performance Online Database and Standard Forms 424, 424A and 424B has been approved by Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the control numbers 0640-0002, 4040-0004, 4040-0006 and 4040-0007, respectively. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no person is required to respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the PRA unless that collection displays a currently valid OMB Control Number.

Executive Order 12866

This notice has been determined to be not significant for purposes of E.O. 12866.

Executive Order 13132 (Federalism)

It has been determined that this notice does not contain policies with Federalism implications as that term is defined in Executive Order 13132.

Administrative Procedure Act/Regulatory Flexibility Act

Prior notice and an opportunity for public comment are not required by the Administrative Procedure Act for rules concerning public property, loans, grants, benefits, and contracts. 5 U.S.C. 553(a)(2). Because notice and opportunity for comment are not required pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 or any other law, the analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601 et seq., are inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis is not required and has not been prepared.

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Authority: 15 U.S.C. 1512 and Executive Order 11625.

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Dated: August 3, 2010.

David A. Hinson,

National Director, Minority Business Development Agency.

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[FR Doc. 2010-19486 Filed 8-5-10; 8:45 am]

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