The Community and Economic Development Department works with businesses of all sizes representing all demographics to locate, expand and strengthen the community by creating and retaining jobs. The department offers an array of tools including technical assistance, development incentives or agreements, loan programs and workforce development to assist businesses. The Management Technical Assistance (MTA) program, which offers small business owners the opportunity to work with experienced consultants at no cost, has enabled several Black-owned businesses to improve operations and grow their business.

MTA program service areas include: General Business Planning, Marketing, Human Resource Planning, Accounting, Financing and Loan Packaging, Organizational Development, Information Technology Solutions, Quality Control and Public/Private Procurement.

Black-owned businesses that have successfully utilized MTA services include: