About MBE Aquaculture

Aquaculture is the fastest growing form of food production in the world. Marine aquaculture in the United States contributes to seafood supply, supports commercial fisheries, and has great growth potential.

The goal of the aquaculture program is to identify and promote minority business owners in aquaculture industries or research institutions to result in advancing U.S. marine aquaculture.

The program will also support and provide opportunities for minority owned businesses nationwide. The new Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Aquaculture Program is operated by a partnership between the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) and the Southern Region Minority Supplier Development Council (SRMSDC). This new program has a $20 million award goal to advance U.S. marine aquaculture by helping minority-owned businesses around the nation, to engage and expand in the world’s fastest growing form of food production.

Who We Serve

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). 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.

The MBE Aquacultre Team

Myrtha Wroy, MSM, Program Director
C: 305-215-8960 | T: 305-762-6151
Email: Myrtha@MBEAquaculture.com

Myrtha Wroy has worked on both the East and West coasts and internationally. She had a period of private consulting and has over 28 years of managerial experience. She holds a master’s degree in science management from St. Thomas University and is fluent in English, French and Haitian Creole. Her fields of expertise include, but are not limited to, business assessment, business development, compliance, contract management, project management, grant support, procurement, acquisitions and small business assistance. Myrtha holds certifications in procurement and contracts management and FDOT Title VI compliance. She expands her diverse background by providing the best services to stakeholders. Myrtha is part of multiple associations, including the National Contract Management Association (member), Miami Shores People of Color, dba, South Florida People of Color (board member and Director of Operations), Sosyete Koukouy (member and Facilitator of Events), Miami Book Fair, Little Haiti Book Festival (Planning Committee member), The Children’s Trust (Volunteer Grant Reviewer) and Volunteer Match (member).

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Don C. Lawhorn, Project Manager
C: 504-982-3146 | T: 504-293-0400
Email: Don@MBEAquaculture.com

Don C. Lawhorn is the Regional Business Operations Director for the Southern Region Minority Supplier Development Council. He is well versed in supplier diversity, community engagement, outreach, training, equity, compliance, economic development and certifications, including MBE, WBE, DBE, SBE, 8(a), VOSB, SDVOSB, ACDBE, LAUCP, HUB Zone and Hudson Initiative.

Previously, he worked with the Urban League of Louisiana’s Women’s Business Resource Center, the City of New Orleans Department of Economic Development’s Office of Supplier Diversity and the MBDA under the Louisiana Minority Business Enterprise Center and the ARRA Stimulus Opportunity Program. During his tenure with these agencies, he dealt with numerous versions of entrepreneurism, which include logistics, transportation, construction, banking, finance, credit, alcohol, fishing/shrimping, produce, farming, manufacturing, import, export and consulting.

Lawhorn holds a B.A. in business administration from Louisiana State University and is a former member of the U.S. Air Force’s branch of the Louisiana Air National Guard.

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Business Consultations

Services include sales consulting and forecasting, market feasibility studies, operations management and quality control, bid preparation and bonding and manufacturing facility leasing.

Access to Capital

Services include identification of domestic and global financing opportunities, equity financing, brokerage of financial transactions, identification and closure of merger and acquisition transactions.

Education & Training

Industry leaders conduct workshops and seminars designed to teach minority entrepreneurs how to take their businesses to the next level.

Aquaculture production specifically refers to output from aquaculture activities, which are designated for final harvest for consumption. At this time, harvest for ornamental purposes is not included.