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Join the Conversation on Investment

Blogged By: 
Vinai Thummalapally, Executive Director, SelectUSA
Created on April 10, 2014
 

Vinai Thummalapally, Executive Director, SelectUSAThis month, SelectUSA is really upping our game when it comes to online engagement around investment. We hope you’ll join the conversation on Twitter at #SelectUSA!

Our colleagues across the Commerce Department will be sharing their thoughts on how innovation, data and hard work contribute to job creation. We’re collaborating with our friends at the State Department’s Economic & Business Affairs Bureau, as well as with our Commerce and State colleagues throughout the United States and globally at our embassies and consulates.

But we’re not stopping with Commerce and State. We’re reaching out across the U.S. federal government through the Interagency Investment Working Group (IIWG), to more than twenty other agencies. (You can find all of our Commerce and IIWG twitter profiles here.)

MBDA Hosts Women’s Business Roundtable

Blogged By: 
Alberto Betancourt, MBDA Public Affairs Specialist/Media Relations
Created on April 8, 2014
 

Group Photo from Roundtable DiscussionWomen leaders from the African American, Asian, Hispanic and Native American business communities showcased their expertise and entrepreneurial achievements during the “Power and Promise of the Minority Women in Business” roundtable discussion in Washington, DC, hosted by the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) on March 31.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the event attracted a diverse group of more than 25 women business leaders that included federal officials, researchers, entrepreneurs and high-level executives, who represented organizations on the forefront of helping women, transform economies and communities. Maria Cardona, Principal at the Dewey Square Group and CNN and CNN en Español Political Contributor, served as the moderator and helped guide the discussion on “what’s next for women business owners.”

“Today, women-owned businesses are the backbone to the U.S. economy,” said Alejandra Castillo, MBDA, Acting National Director. “MBDA strives to support the new generation of women entrepreneurs to ensure they understand that women have the potential to change how America does business.”

Six Ways to Make Your Next Trade Show Count

Blogged By: 
MBDA
Created on April 4, 2014
 

This post originally appeared on International Trade Administration Tradeology blog.

Ken Mouradian is the Director of the International Trade Administration’s Export Assistance Center in Orlando.

IBP Trade ShowOur team can help you maximize export opportunities at trade shows.

You’re walking the floor at a major trade show and, glancing to your right, you see two people seated deep in their booth checking e-mails on their phones. This closed off demeanor wastes two precious resources their company invested on this show, time and money. To get the best possible return on investment from your next trade show, here are six simple suggestions that don’t cost much money and will attract traffic to just about any booth.

  1. Stand. Believe it or not, you seem more open to engagement if you’re standing, smiling, and looking at people as they pass.  By contrast, people are reluctant to distract you when you appear busy by sitting.

  2. Stage a conversation. If there are two of you in your booth, make it appear that one of you is learning about your company from the other.  Believe it or not, people will look at something if someone else is looking; and for no better reason than that.  This works less effectively if you’re wearing clothing that brands you as working for the same company or if you’re exhibiting alone.

Commerce Participates in Business Sunday

Blogged By: 
MBDA
Created on April 2, 2014
 

Crowd Shot from Business SundayThis weekend, the Commerce Department’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships joined forces with the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), BusinessUSA, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and 19th Street Baptist Church to host the first Business Sunday in Washington, DC. Business Sunday is a program focused on promoting local economic growth and job creation by connecting congregations and communities with the valuable business development resources offered by the Federal Government.

Close to 300 business owners, entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders came together for the first Business Sunday, packing the fellowship hall at 19th Street Baptist Church. The event included greetings from Melissa Rogers, Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, as well as presentations from SBA, MBDA and BusinessUSA on how to access important technical assistance, business counseling, loans and other practical resources. Participants also had the opportunity to sign up for health insurance for their business or themselves through the DC Health Benefit Exchange. Following the event attendees stayed for more than an hour to network and speak individually with Commerce and SBA staff.

Reverse Trade Missions: Brazil & Mexico

Blogged By: 
MBDA
Created on March 28, 2014
 

Reverse Trade Missions bring foreign buyers to the United States, pending an upcoming procurement, in order to observe the design, manufacture, demonstration and operation of U.S. products and services that can help them achieve their development goals. These strategically planned missions also present excellent opportunities for U.S. businesses to establish or enhance relationships with prospective overseas customers.

In 2013 USTDA funded 24 reverse trade missions that introduced U.S. company representatives to key foreign decision-makers, including senior governmental and private sector officials from high-growth markets. The reverse trade mssions target current and near-team business opportunies, often creating immediate results and export successes for U.S. businesses.

Did you know...

Between 2002 and 2007, minority-owned firms outpaced the growth of non-minority firms in gross receipts, employment, and number of firms. Minority firms are an engine of job creation.
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