On September 23, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and NAMWOLF entered into a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at both increasing business for our NAMWOLF member firms and assisting minority business enterprises in accessing quality legal services. The MBDA maintains a national network of 44 Business Centers that help minority owned businesses grow through access to capital, contracts and new markets. As part of the MOU, the 44 Business Centers will refer its clients to NAMWOLF member law firms. In addition, our firms can take advantage of the MBDA Business Center network for business development assistance and technical support. It’s a great opportunity to work with the MBDA to help minority owned businesses get off the ground and reach their full potential. And, who better to help these businesses attain their full potential than our 130 plus minority and women owned law firms that are part of NAMWOLF. Over the next 60 days, I will be working with both Alejandra Castillo (MBDA National Director) and Candace Shiver (Advisory to the National Director ) to define more precisely how we are going to work together. This is an exciting opportunity for both NAMWOLF and our Member Firms. I want to thank Candace and Alejandra for working with NAMWOLF to make this happen. I also want to thank Candace for being such a great advocate for NAMWOLF. We are thrilled to have her part of the NAMWOLF in-house community. Click the link to read the MBDA Press Release. If anyone has any questions regarding this MOU, please feel free to reach out to me.