The U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency is seeking public comment on the establishment of a Rural Business Center Program by January 25, 2022 at 5 pm (ET). Comments may be used to help MBDA decide policy related to the areas of focus, geographical location and distribution, and additional areas of service for the rural business center program. As part of this process, MBDA is seeking comments from members of the public, including but not limited to operators of rural businesses and persons with expertise and information, to provide information related to minority businesses in rural areas. 

Read the full Federal Register Notice for more information about the request for comments and electronic submission requirements to For further information contact Danae Pauli, MBDA Senior Advisor to the National Director at or (202) 774-8507.