A Profitable Frontier
The Parnak family runs a closely held mining consortium prospecting for valuable resources outside surveyed space. Consortium members join Family ships in mining convoys or simply sell to Family ore factors at a discounted price. The Family funds guarded supply transporters to carry the ore to Federation markets (or perhaps Gorn or Kzinti if the price is right).
Dok Parnak runs the consortium and has final say over any negotiations.