The federal government is looking to reward a nonprofit or company that would advise businesses owned by American Indians, and Bridgeport is one of the locations where the future center could operate.
The agency could also choose Buffalo, N.Y., Green Bay or Milwaukee in Wisconsin, Portland, Ore., or Jackson, Miss. All of these cities, according to the Minority Business Development Agency, are locations with a significant American Indian population.
Once open, the business center would not just serve businesses owned by American Indians, Eskimos and Aleuts, but also could help those owned by blacks, Puerto Ricans, other Hispanics, Hasidic Jews, and Asian Americans.
The nonprofit would be given $255,000 each year for four years to run the center. There are no centers in Connecticut currently.
The government said that in fiscal year 2012, the MBDA helped create and retain over 16,000 jobs, and helped its clients obtain over $3.6 billion in contracts and capital awards.
Applications must be submitted electronically and time-stamped at www.Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. on June 22, 2013.
For more information, visit www.mbda.gov