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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Seeks Comments on Crowdfunding

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MBDA
Created on January 22, 2014
 

CrowdFundingOn October 23, 2013 the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted unanimously to propose rules under the JOBS Act to permit companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding describes an evolving method of raising capital that has been used outside of the securities arena to raise funds through the Internet for a variety of projects ranging from innovative product ideas to artistic endeavors like movies or music.  Title III of the JOBS Act created an exemption under the securities laws so that this type of funding method can be easily used to offer and sell securities as well.  The JOBS Act also established the foundation for a regulatory structure for this funding method. 

SEC Chair Mary Jo White noted that the intent of the JOBS Act is to make it easier for startups and small businesses to raise capital from a wide range of potential investors and provide additional investment opportunities for investors. 

Networking in 2014

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MBDA
Created on January 17, 2014
 

NetworkingOne of the most effective ways to grow your business is also one of the oldest: networking. While it may not get as much buzz these days as social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, old-fashioned, face-to-face networking is still essential for building a business.

Networking Success

When we think of networking often times images of happy hour, spending an inordinate amount of time in the evenings at a restaurant or office building with a whole lot of chit chat that may yield little to no business at all.  While this type of activity can seem tiresome and unnecessary, it can be a great way to get your business off the ground.  This simple, cost-effective (sometimes FREE) way of advertising is a means of getting the word out about your business.

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Look South: Increasing U.S. Trade with Latin America

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Gabriela Morales, MBDA, Business Development Specialist
Created on January 13, 2014
 

Look South LogoDuring President Barack Obama’s Weekly Address, he expressed that, “Latin America represents an incredible opportunity for the United States, especially when it comes to my top priority as President: creating good, middle-class jobs… Right now, over 40 percent of our exports go to the Americas.”

As part of the Obama administration’s continued work to promote exports and strengthen the U.S. economy, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker unveiled "Look South,” a new initiative aimed specifically at increasing U.S. trade with Latin American economies with whom the U.S. has free trade agreements (FTA).

Look South is part of the Commerce Department’s “Open for Business Agenda,” and supports President Obama’s National Export Initiative by encouraging the expansion of export markets. Minority business enterprises (MBEs) are uniquely positioned to benefit from the Look South effort, which will help them expand to new export markets and generate more revenue. MBEs are twice as likely to export compared to non-minority firms, more than three times as likely to generate 100 percent of all their sales from exports, and are better able to expand abroad because of linguistic and cultural ties to a region. View Minority-Owned Firms Lead the Nation in Exporting Fact Sheet

Not Just Contracts: The SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program

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SBA News

The U.S. Small Business Administration will present Not Just Contracts: The SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program, the first of a free, two-part webinar series on Jan.15 at 2 p.m. EST.  The second webinar will be held Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. ET.

The hour-long webinars will cover:

  • Eligibility requirements for 8(a) certification

  • Technical assistance available through the 8(a) Program

  • Common misconceptions about the 8(a) Program

  • The top reasons why an 8(a) application is declined or returned 

The first webinar will focus on how the 8(a) Program works, eligibility requirements, technical assistance available to small disadvantaged businesses and common myths about the program.

Top 15 Blogs of 2013

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MBDA
Created on January 10, 2014
 

BlogsLooking for the information and tips to grow your business, here are the 15 most visited blogs on mbda.gov for 2013.

Minority Entrepreneurs — Continuous Success with Angel Investors!

Minority-owned businesses are the fastest growing business sector in the Nation, in terms of gross receipts and paid employees.[1] Yet, access to capital remains the biggest obstacle limiting their establishment, expansion and growth. While traditional funding remains the most sought after source of capital, alternative funding sources, such as angel investors, have proven successful for minority entrepreneurs.

Performance Highlights: FY 2009-FY 2011

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), a job-creating agency, leads Federal efforts to promote the growth and global competitiveness of America’s minority business community. This summary includes a small portion of our overall accomplishments during the first three years of the Obama Administration.

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MBDA Minority Business Centers helped clients obtain capital totaling $4.76 billion during the last 5 fiscal years.
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