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Getting Started With Exporting: Training and Educational Resources to Help You Take the First Steps

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SBA
Created on October 31, 2014
 

Starte HereWith two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power in foreign countries, exporting represents a big opportunity to tap in to new markets, expand your customer base, and grow your business.

However, getting started with exporting can sometimes feel like a complex maze of regulations, policies, and other barriers. To help small businesses understand how to overcome these barriers and prepare to sell internationally, the federal government has several free training and educational resources that enable entrepreneurs to chart the path to exporting success. 

San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee & NFL Launch Business Connect to Link Bay Area's Diverse Business Community

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MBDA
Created on October 30, 2014
 

San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee & NFL Launch Business Connect to Link Bay Area's Diverse Business CommunityThe National Football League (NFL) and San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee launched their Business Connect program to link Bay Area diverse businesses with contracting opportunities related to Super Bowl 50. "Super Bowl 50 is more than the NFL's marquee game of the year - it's a chance for the region's diverse business community to tap into opportunities for new contracts, work and business growth," said Keith Bruce, CEO of the Host Committee. "We're excited to unveil a program that directly benefits our local businesses. We have a vibrant and diverse business community in the Bay Area, and I'm confident that business owners who take advantage of this opportunity will benefit from their participation." 

Trick or Treat...or Should We Say Trick or Threat

Blogged By: 
MBDA
Created on October 29, 2014
 

MalwareOctober is not only National Cyber Security Awareness Month, it's also the time to celebrate Halloween, bringing to mind scary things that are merely figments of our imagination. In the digital world, however, there are many scary things that are not figments of our imagination, that we should in fact be worried about. The threats in cyber space are real. One of the most important concerns is malware, short for malicious software. The volume of malware continues to surge, with ransomware infections increasing, malware now targeting mobile devices, and new strands of malware attempting to exploit vulnerabilities in aging automated teller machines (ATMs).

Playing on the Halloween theme of scary things, below are some examples of malware you should be aware of, and some tips for minimizing your risks.

Free Webinar Provides Overview of the Trade Mission to Morocco, Algeria and Egypt

Blogged By: 
MBDA
Created on October 24, 2014
 

 Algiers, Algeria: container terminalThe United States Commerce Department will host a free webinar on Thursday November 12, 2014, which will provide an overview of the US Department of Commerce March 2015 Executive-led Business Development Mission to Morocco, Algeria and Egypt. Speakers from the US Commercial Service in Morocco, Algeria and Egypt will provide a brief market overview and discuss opportunities for American exporters in these markets.  

Specific opportunities for U.S. companies include but are not limited to: all security and safety equipment and related solutions for seaports, airports, border crossings, security and safety agencies such as the police, and buildings; integrated monitoring and surveillance solutions; luggage screening devices; fire prevention and control equipment, alarm equipment for building safety, emergency evacuation systems; radio communication systems; and inspection equipment for containers and seaport cargo, border and perimeter control, bomb detection equipment, uniforms, protective apparel & accessories (industrial) and x-ray and scanning equipment. 

Making the Connection to Alternative Financing Deal Makers

Blogged By: 
MBDA
Created on October 23, 2014
 

Inaugural Minority Investment Forum

On October 21st, in partnership with the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), MBDA, and the Chicago MBDA Business Center launched the inaugural 2014 Minority Finance Forum during the 15th annual Midwest ACG Capital Connection, the country’s largest collection of private capital for middle market investment.  The Forum had approximately 100 participants including MBE clients and minority business advocates who were introduced to nearly 150 of the most active middle market investors, leaders, advisors, and deal makers from across the country.

As a result, minority-owned firms that attended had access to more than $160 billion in deal-flow activity creating opportunities to source capital, partner with companies for mergers and acquisitions and to network with investment bankers and private equity investors.  MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo also attended and shared the importance of building strong strategic partners with minority-owned businesses and becoming a visionary investor as a strategic step toward embracing the changing composition of the national business community.

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