- Posted January 30, 2013 by
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The agency is tasked with assisting minority entrepreneurs and business owners with consulting services, contract and financing opportunities, bonding services, building business-to-business alliances and executive training.
“I am excited to serve as the business development manager at the new St. Louis location,” said Henson. This business center will give the St. Louis business community access to opportunities in the national and international marketplace.”
Henson graduated Washington University with a degree in architecture. More recently, he served as the Midwest Regional Account Manager for Global Learning Partners, a training solutions organization in California. He is a community leader and founding member of PROUD (People Reaching Out for Unity and Diversity.) Henson was the first African American selected “Citizen of the Year” for the City of Ferguson in 2006 and named amongst the “Who’s Who in Black St. Louis” in 2007 and 2008.
“Mr. Henson is a great addition to the St. Louis office,” said James Webb, President & CEO of the St. Louis Minority Supplier Development Council. “He brings a very impressive background in business and strong ideas on how to make the development agency even stronger.”
Louis Ortiz also joins the business center as a consultant. He has worked with the St. Louis MSDC for several years.
Associations seeking financing or requiring assistance with certification and procurement opportunities can contact Charles Henson at 314-241-1143 for more information.
About St. Louis MSDC:
The St. Louis Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) is one of 37 regional councils affiliated with the National Minority Supplier Development Council. During St. Louis MSDC’s 39-year history, the organization has remained at the heart of the St. Louis region’s economic growth. What started as a focus on partnering minority-owned businesses with area corporations has evolved into a long-term, strategic approach – one in which St. Louis MSDC provides ongoing growth opportunities, financial support, and training and education for its corporate members and Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs). Through these and other efforts, St. Louis MSDC’s partnerships with corporations and MBEs have become an integral part of the region’s economic stability and growth.
About the Minority Business Development Agency
MBDA, www.mbda.gov, an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, promotes the growth and global competitiveness of the minority business community, making them better equipped to create jobs, impact local economies and compete successfully in domestic and global marketplaces. With a nationwide network of business centers and strategic partners in 50 locations, MBDA assists minority entrepreneurs and business owners with consulting services, contract and financing opportunities, bonding and certification services, building business-to-business alliances and executive training.