About Us

About Us

Mission Statement & Background

Houston Business Development, Inc. (HBDi) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1986 by the City of Houston. Our unwavering mission is to stimulate economic growth, support the expansion of small businesses, combat community deterioration, and foster employment opportunities for low to moderate-income citizens in the Houston metropolitan area and surrounding counties.

Driving Economic Growth in Houston, TX

With over 3 million small businesses employing 4.9 million people, Texas boasts a thriving entrepreneurial landscape, and Houston stands at the forefront as its central hub. As the most significant contributor to Texas’ $1.87 trillion GDP, Houston is pivotal in driving the state’s economic prowess. In 2020, Texas ranked third in the United States with 47,921 listed businesses, surpassing numerous states and showcasing its vibrant business ecosystem.
To further support the growth of businesses and new ventures in Houston, the HBDi Community Builders Development offers a unique advantage. They facilitate easy fund acquisition, providing accessible financial resources for many small businesses and startups.

Supporting Small Businesses for Over 27 Years

For more than two decades, HBDi has been instrumental in nurturing the development and growth of small businesses. Governed by a 13-member board of directors comprising esteemed business, financial, and community leaders, we have been at the forefront of championing entrepreneurship in Houston.

Tailored Solutions for New Ventures

As a non-bank community lending organization, HBDi catalyzes aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. We provide access to debt capital and a wide range of resources to help businesses start and expand. Our comprehensive loan programs, along with specialized services, including Lending & Access to Capital, Capacity Building & Coaching, Real Estate Development, and Property Management, are tailored to address the specific needs of small businesses at every stage of their growth journey.

Making a Positive Impact:

HBDi has played a significant role in funding approximately $82 million in small business loans in Houston. This has created nearly 2500 jobs for low to moderate-income citizens, making a tangible impact on the local community and contributing to a thriving economy.

At HBDi, we understand the challenges small businesses face, and we are dedicated to providing the support and resources needed to navigate those challenges and achieve lasting success. Join us in shaping a vibrant business community in Houston and beyond. Take the first step towards striking your business’s full potential by exploring our loan programs and specialized services today.

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27 Years in Business

Cultivating a sustainable business community where ideas flourish, and success takes root.

$82 Million+ Invested in Houston’s Small Businesses

Flexible funding options are designed to enhance the ‘ease of doing business’ in a city that sees over 150,000 new-business applications yearly.

Bridging Financial Gaps & Guiding Success

At HBDi, we go beyond bridging the financial gap by providing actionable plans, expert business coaching, and access to a robust resource library.

Meet Our Team of Experts

Professionals Behind Our Success

Marlon D. Mitchell


Moises Brito

Loan Officer

Benneth Okoyeze

Credit Manager

Sean Terrazas

Credit Analyst

Board of Directors

Larry Hawkins


Philip Aitsebaomo

Vice Chairman

Zawadi Bryant


Helen Conte


Chad Khan
Ken Bolton
Algenita Scott Davis
Clark Lord
Tasleem Siddiqui
Nasr Khan
John Taylor
Richard Chappell
Pearl Wright
Benny Rodriguez
Marlon Mitchell

Minimizing Business Development Constraints Throughout Houston & Beyond

“Lee’s Catering Services owes its success to Houston Business Development, Inc. Their loan program provided the capital we needed to upgrade our equipment and expand our operations. HBDi’s commitment to small businesses is unparalleled, and its genuine care for our growth is evident. We highly recommend their services.”

Jennifer Lee . CEO, Lee’s Catering Services

“I cannot thank Houston Business Development, Inc. enough for their support in helping me grow my business. With their flexible loan options and invaluable guidance, I expanded my boutique and reached a wider customer base. HBDi truly cares about the success of small businesses like mine.”

Sarah Thompson . Owner, Thompson’s Boutique

“Houston Business Development, Inc. played a pivotal role in our journey from a startup to a thriving tech company. Their financial assistance and business support services gave us the boost we needed to bring our innovations to the market. HBDi is a trusted partner in our mission for technological advancement.”

Michael Rodriguez . Founder, Tech Innovators
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