ARRA Advocacy and Outreach Initiative


Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Pennsylvania will receive an estimated $26 billion.  ARRA funds are being used to finance a wide range of activities in the commonwealth, including transportation, infrastructure, housing, energy, education and health projects.


The Enterprise Center and the Pennsylvania Minority Business Enterprise Center were awarded a contract by the Minority Business Development Agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce to establish the PA MBEC ARRA Advocacy and Outreach Initiative to promote minority business participation in the economic recovery of Pennsylvania. 


The PA MBEC ARRA Advocacy and Outreach Initiative is a one-stop resource for information about federal, state and local contracting and grant opportunities under ARRA.  We identify specific opportunities in targeted sectors, including construction, weatherization, transportation, energy and broadband, and match those opportunities with certified minority businesses.   And where necessary, we will provide financing, bonding and other technical assistance.


We also advocate for policies, programs and best practices that promote the inclusion of minority business enterprises (MBEs) in existing and planned Recovery projects. 


Our Stimulus Watch monitors compliance with ARRA reporting requirements and Pennsylvania's disadvantaged business participation goals. We are tracking selected projects to determine whether ARRA funds are being used to further the purposes of the Recovery Act.  Those purposes include providing opportunities for small disadvantaged businesses.


The PA MBEC ARRA Advocacy and Outreach Initiative uses traditional media and social media, including Facebook and LinkedIn, to reach out to minority business enterprises.  MBEs who want to access our services must complete a Client Capacity Profile.


Principal Work Activities


For more information, contact us:

The Enterprise Center

4548 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA 19139



Useful Links

Recovery.PA. gov


Minority Business Development Agency


Central Contractor Registration



Pennsylvania ARRA Stimulus Review


Recovery Act for Small Businesses


Regional Equity Monitoring Project



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