Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date: January 30
, 2009

For More Information: David Doyle, (901) 333-5085 /

TSBDC Launches Memphis Area Contractor Development Program

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) of Southwest Tennessee Community College announced today it has developed a program to assist small business contractors to overcome barriers that prevent their businesses from growing. The Memphis Area Contractor Development Program (MACDP) ties business education to contracting opportunities that will lead businesses to become “bid ready.”

The program is free to small businesses and also to the firms providing contracts to the program. The core training program, based on an analysis and evaluation of the qualifications of the business, will address a wide range of topics. These are designed to improve both the company’s operations and their ability to seek and perform on contract opportunities. Harold McDonald, board chairman of the Memphis Area Minority Contractors Association (MAMCA), emphasized that “The program will build viable, reliable and genuinely qualified small contractors, something that’s sorely needed in Memphis.” He added that companies will be certified as “bid ready” only after certain core training, licensing and business certification requisites have been met. Companies that sell products or services that the government procures will be encouraged to participate.

“Developing stronger minority contracting firms is critical to the economic well-being of Memphis,” said Roby Williams, president of the Black Business Association. While the program doesn’t guarantee contracts, sponsors are encouraged and asked to provide forecasts of upcoming projects, including specific contracts, that can be made available to program participants. The TSBDC and its affiliate partners will work to ensure these businesses have the tools and resources they need to succeed.

“The college is committed to supporting the needs of local businesses,” said Dr. Joanne Bassett, provost and executive vice president at Southwest. “Our Tennessee Small Business Development Center has a strong track record for helping many small businesses become more successful. We encourage business owners to utilize this expertise, and this new program, especially during these challenging economic times.”

The TSBDC program is a partnership between the state of Tennessee and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Headquartered at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, it has 15 TSBDC service centers located across the state in both rural and urban communities. In addition, business training and counseling are provided at multiple affiliate office locations, such as chambers of commerce, banks and community centers, as well as on the internet. For MACDP requirements, and to download an application, go online to and click on the TSBDC Memphis location. For more information, contact David Doyle, executive director of TSBDC, at (901) 333-5085.