Dennis Smith is currently Project Director of the MBDA Business Center – Capital Region. The MBDA Business Center is one of over 40 Business Centers around the Country sponsored by the Minority Business Development Agency, a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Mr. Smith has extensive experience in establishing and implementing policies and programs to maximize small and minority business participation in the acquisition of goods and services in the local, state, federal and commercial sectors. For over 30 years, Mr. Smith has held positions as Deputy Director, Program Director, and Executive Director in various small and minority business programs.
Mr. Smith’s experience has allowed him to successfully direct the MBDA Business Center in assisting minority businesses to access contract opportunities, financing, strategic alliances, teaming arrangements and subcontracting opportunities; all accomplished with the prospect of increasing job growth and economic expansion throughout the regional and the U.S. economy. Mr. Smith’s broad knowledge of the procurement process, his close affiliation with various business organizations, such as the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council, the National Minority Contractors Association, the Hispanic Chambers, the local business chambers and other business organizations, keeps him abreast of the challenges and obstacles that minority businesses have to overcome.