M. Gill & Associates Awarded $1.25M By U.S. Dept. of Commerce

SOUTH FLORIDA –  The U.S. Department of Commerce awards $1.25 million to M. Gill & Associates to operate the new MBDA Global Business Center in Florida.

Joann Hill  Chief of the Office of Business Development  U.S. Department of Commerce
Joann Hill
Chief of the Office of Business Development
U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Commerce’s Joann Hill, Chief of the Office of Business Development at the MBDA in Washington DC, will use her luncheon keynote remarks at the October 14th MEDWeek Conference, to announce the MBDA’s award of $1.25 million to M. Gill & Associates, to support the delivery of technical assistance services to Florida’s minority business enterprises (MBEs).

“We selected M. Gill & Associates, which was the most experienced bidder with a track record of capability and accomplishment, from a national search to launch the MBDA’s newest initiative—one of only four Business Centers nationwide, that will provide services to grow minority firms, domestically as well as help to aggressively increase their global competitiveness, Hill said.”

No stranger to the MBDA Programs, M. Gill & Associates has Operated the MBDA Business Center in South Florida for 15 years from January 2002 to March 31, 2016, and has grown that program to become the number one performing Center, of the nearly 50 Centers throughout the U.S. Owner and president, Marie Gill is well known in Florida and across the region, for her stellar service to the community and for nurturing and growing hundreds of small, minority and women-owned businesses for nearly 30 years.

Marie Gill of M. Gill & Associates
Marie Gill

Gill says she does not take these assignments lightly. “It is always a challenge to provide the best possible service to the underserved, but that is what makes the MBDA and our role as service providers so critical to the growth of minority-owned businesses and to our economic growth—we are committed to excellence,” she said.  “It is great to be given this tremendous vote of confidence by the MBDA, and to have the continued Strategic Cost-Share Partnership from the City of Miami to strengthen our market positioning.  I encourage all minority-owned firms that have an interest in growing their domestic or export product or service to reach out to us, and we will continue to make your success our priority.”

At the MEDWeek Awards Power Lunch that will honor eight outstanding MBEs, Ms. Hill will bring the federal government’s message to the Conference, encouraging minority-owned businesses to take advantage of exporting opportunities with support from the new Exporting Project, and the tool box of resources now available to M. Gill & Associates, and to the MBEs to be served under its new MBDA Business Center.

The MEDWeek Business Matchmaker Conference will begin with a VIP Kick-Off Reception, October 13th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center.  On October 14th, the Conference will feature 16 presenters, with an array of resources, including over $4.8 billion in business contractual opportunities, as well as financing and exporting leads to attendees.

Sponsors include:  Miami Dade Aviation, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, Bayside Marketplace, BAC Funding Corporation, ISRAM Realty Group, TD Bank, Horsemen Benevolent Association, Turner Construction, FSB Agency, Broward County Office of Small Business, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, U.S. DOT, Miami-Dade County, CSBE Association, Beacon Council, City of Miami, City of Lauderhill, City of Hollywood, Jamaica USA Chamber of Commerce, Link Construction, MCM Corp. and many other donors and community partners.

MEDWeek is expected to attract more than 500 businesses from across Florida and other states.

The VIP Reception in Lauderhill is complimentary and open to the public.

The cost of attending the all-day event on October 14th in North Miami is $50, which includes continental breakfast, seminars, awards power lunch, and B2B Expo.  B2B Expo is free to the public from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Registration available by phone (786.316.0888) or online with PayPal at

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