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NEW Resource Platform - Grow Her Business

Blogged By: 
National Women’s Business Council
Created on July 19, 2016
 

The Grow Her Business: A Resource from Start-up to Scale-up platform is LIVE! Grow Her Business is a searchable repository of nearly 200 premiere, growth-oriented programs. This platform will serve as a resource of valuable information and guidance for women entrepreneurs seeking to grow and scale their businesses. The platform will be an easy-to-use platform functioning as a data repository for relevant tactical resources on how to ideate, launch, and grow a business. A few things:

  • Of the 196 fully coded resources, the primary content for 50 percent is accessed in-person, with at least one resource in every state.

  • The other 50 percent of resources have some or all content online. Of the four types of assistance common to business development programs—technical, education, finance and networking—over half of the resources (106) offered multiple types of assistance within one program, potentially making for a more efficient time investment for women.

  • Fourteen percent provide opportunities for financing, as do several of the multi-assistance resources.

Why Entrepreneurs are Vital to Emerging Markets: OPIC Featured in Silicon Valley Business Journal

Blogged By: 
MBDA

“Innovative thinkers and early adopters exist everywhere: In Silicon Valley, but also in Sub-Saharan Africa; in the legendary startup garages … and in even more humble venues that may lack electricity,” Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) Vice President Judith Pryor wrote this week in the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

The United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement – Four Years Later

Blogged By: 
Fernando Gracia, ITA
Created on July 15, 2016
 

Fernando Gracia is an Intern in the Office of the Western Hemisphere at the International Trade Administration

Four years ago, the United States Colombia free trade agreement went into effect, representing a commitment to trade and prosperity between our two countries.  Today, we look back at the four years since the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA) entered into force and analyze what it has meant for trade between our two countries.

The overall trend for U.S. exports to Colombia has been positive since the CTPA was implemented in 2012.

MBDA Staff Look Inward to Support Operational Excellence

Blogged By: 
MBDA
Created on July 15, 2016
 

MBDA employees discuss their recent DISC assessments Communication and teamwork are two of the most critical components of any organization, regardless of its mission. Without communication and teamwork, it’s almost impossible to achieve or sustain operational excellence.  For the Department of Commerce, operational excellence is defined as “strengthening the Department’s capacity to achieve its objectives, maximize return on program investments and deliver quality, timely service.”

One of the ways that the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is focusing on operational excellence is by completing individual DISC Behavioral Assessments.

DISC is a personal assessment tool used to improve work productivity, teamwork and communication; and to increase employee engagement.  The assessment is based on the DISC theory developed by psychologist William Moulton Marston, and focuses on four behavior types: Dominance, Inducement, Submission, and Compliance (DISC).

Entrepreneur of the Month – July 2016

Blogged By: 
MBDA
Created on July 15, 2016
 

Barry Corona“I’ve always had the drive to be an entrepreneur… Of course, getting here was not easy,” said Barry Corona, the Co-Founder & President of Production Products Manufacturing & Sales Co. Inc., and the Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) July Entrepreneur of the Month. Corona truly exudes the qualities of an entrepreneur and has recognized his capabilities, utilized his resources, and demonstrated an undeniable work ethic to build his company from the ground up. Production Products is a recognized manufacturing company that specializes in medicalisolation and CBRN protection.

Corona was raised in a conservative household that thrived on the premise of stability. His father grew up as a first-generation American during The Great Depression, and admirably quit school in sixth grade to get a job that was needed to help his family survive. As a result, having a job was always the goal in his childhood household—it represented survival and security—but he aspired for more.

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