Press Release: A National Program Funded to Help Minority-Owned Businesses Do Business in the Multibillion-Dollar Aquaculture Industry

For Immediate Release
October 19, 2018
Press Contact: Beatrice Louissaint, President & CEO
(305) 762-6151 –
A National Program Funded to Help Minority-Owned Businesses Do Business in the Multibillion-Dollar Aquaculture Industry
MIAMI (October 19, 2018) — A new program has been funded to advance U.S. marine aquaculture by helping minority-owned businesses around the nation engage and expand in the world’s fastest-growing form of food production.
The new Minority Business Enterprise Aquaculture Program is operated by the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) in partnership with the Southern Region Minority Supplier Development Council. The University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, one of the leading academic oceanographic and atmospheric research institutions in the world, is the subconsultant on the project. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). The agency’s $400,000 grant will be used to identify and promote minority-owned businesses that have potential to grow in the aquaculture industry and provide them with a combination of technical assistance, outreach, education and one-on-one consultations through live events, targeted educational information, individual in-person counseling and digital support.

“Through this new program, we will identify, promote and support businesses in this important food industry,” said Beatrice Louissaint, President and CEO of the FSMSDC. “The MBE Aquaculture Program is open to eligible minority-owned businesses based anywhere in the U.S., and we are excited to be able to offer assistance around the country.”

To be eligible for the MBE Aquaculture Program, a business must be 51% owned or controlled by African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Asians or Pacific Islanders, Native Americans (including Alaska Natives, Alaska Native Corporations and Tribal entities), Asian Indian Americans, or Hasidic Jewish Americans.

FSMSDC has hired Myrtha Wroy, who has more than 28 years of managerial experience, to join the team as MBE Aquaculture Program Director. Business owners interested in participating in the program and for more information should visit or contact Myrtha Wroy at (305) 762-6151 or

The Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing access and growth for minority businesses in Florida. The organization’s goal is to increase purchasing from minority businesses by government entities and corporations, while increasing the operating capacity of minority businesses through hands-on business assistance, training and access to technology and capital resources. Founded in 1975 in southern Florida (formerly named the Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council) and expanded to cover all of Florida in 2017, the FSMSDC is one of 23 regional councils affiliated with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). The FSMSDC acts as a liaison between corporate America and certified Minority Business Enterprises in the state of Florida.

About the MBDA 
MBDA ( is the only U.S. federal agency dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. minority-owned businesses. Its programs and services better equip minority-owned firms to create jobs, build scale and capacity, increase revenues, and expand regionally, nationally and internationally. Services are provided through a network of MBDA Business Centers. Established in 1969, MBDA continues to be a dedicated strategic partner to all U.S. minority-owned businesses; it is committed to offering programs and services that provide greater access to capital, contracts and markets.

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