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Free USPTO/MBDA Webinars: Going Global with Intellectual Property

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MBDA
Created on March 15, 2015
 

Going Global with Intellectual PropertyAre you planning to expand your business internationally to sell or buy innovative goods and technologies? Are you pondering opening a factory abroad, having your products made overseas, or starting an export or import business? Even if you are not planning on going overseas, knowledge of the international aspects of intellectual property may be critical for your business. 

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will co-host a series of free 1-hour webinars starting on April 28 to provide business owners with useful information on the international aspects of intellectual property and conducting commerce at home. Mark your calendars and register for this 3-part series offering keen insight about complex international laws.

Register today!

Why U.S. Companies Should ‘Think Global’ from Day One

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Tradeology, the ITA Blog
Created on April 14, 2015
 

Export StrategyAshley Zuelke is the Senior Advisor for Export Policy, Promotion and Strategy at the International Trade Administration.

Julia McNerney is the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary at the International Trade Administration.

Last week, the International Trade Administration (ITA) held the first event in the Startup Global Pilot program at 1776, a local business incubator in Washington, D.C. Startup Global, which Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker launched in February, was designed to help more startup firms think global from the earliest stages of a company’s growth. One of four in a series of pilot program educational events, the  1776 event welcomed 25 startups and experienced startup exporters. The participants all agreed that the theme of Thursday’s event is clear: start planning for international success on day one. The theme is important because:

Author Shares Global Women Entrepreneur Stories

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Pam Cox, MBDA Correspondence Analyst
Created on April 14, 2015
 

Women's History Month Event Planners and Dr. Andrea E. Smith-HunterIn commemoration of the 2015 National Women’s History Month, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) hosted a “Meet the Author” event inside Commerce’s Research Library on April 8.  

The guest speaker for the event was Dr. Andrea E. Smith-Hunter, a Professor of Management and Sociology at Siena College and author of several books.  Dr. Smith-Hunter spoke to Commerce employees about her research and latest publication  titled “Women Entrepreneurs in the Global Marketplace,” a topic that resonates with this year’s national theme of “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.”

5 Tips for Taxfilers about Health Coverage

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MBDA
Created on April 13, 2015
 

1095-A, 1040 Tax formsThis year’s tax season is the first time tax filers will be asked to provide basic information regarding their health coverage on their tax returns.

Here’s what taxpayers need to know:

1.    Most people just need to check a box: Most tax filers – about 75 percent – will just need to check a box when they file their taxes to indicate that that everyone in their household had coverage for all of 2014. This applies to people who had health coverage through their employer, Medicare, Medicaid, among other sources.

Apply to Shark Tank Pitch Breakfast

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MBDA

We wanted to invite you to apply for an incredible opportunity to pitch your business at a Breakfast Casting Call with the casting team from ABC’s Shark Tank on Saturday, April 11th at 8:30am at thehive 2.0 in Washington, DC.

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