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Asian American and Pacific Islander Business Leaders work to Increase Diversity

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Dijon Rolle, Press Secretary
Created on December 21, 2015

It’s a long-standing problem that continues to impact businesses and organizations across the nation at every level. A group of more than 100 Asian- American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) business leaders and owners gathered in Washington, DC, to seek answers and develop a plan of action to increase diversity and business opportunities within the AAPI community.  

Members of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders(WHIAAPI), the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ACE),and the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), partnered to host the Asian American and Pacific Islander Employee/Business Resource Group National Roundtable II. The day-long event was held at the U.S.  Department of Commerce’s Herbert Hoover Building on Dec. 8, 2015 and hosted by Albert K. Shen, MBDA National Deputy Director.

Annual Updates to the Survey of Business Owners on the Horizon!

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Created on December 18, 2015

The U.S. Census Bureau, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) have teamed together to fund the first annual survey focused on the characteristics of employer businesses and their owners.

SBA NOW Accepting 2016 National Small Business Week Awards Nominations

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Created on December 9, 2015

SEEKING 2016 NOMINATIONS Are you SBA’s Next Winner?

Are you a small business owner with an amazing success story to tell?

If so, submit your nomination today for the 2016 National Small Business Week Awards. Nominations are currently being accepted online at

The Industrial Global Village Meets in Hanover

Blogged By: 
Jack Nehlig is President of Phoenix Contact USA
Created on December 4, 2015

U.S. Partner Country for Hannover MesseThe industrial global village has its city center, and it’s in Hanover, Germany. Each year more than 250,000 of the world’s brightest technical talents gather at Hanover Messe to advance the art of worldwide manufacturing. And you should be there too!

As the U.S. leader of Phoenix Contact, I have learned firsthand the value of an annual pilgrimage to Hannover Messe each April. And because of its importance to the manufacturing world, we annually host a select group of our customers and distributors to share the excitement that the Hannover Messe experience provides. So in the spirit of sharing, here are my five reasons an American manufacturing engineer, manager or executive ought to attend Hannover Messe:

Submit Comments on SBA Proposes Changes to Affiliation Rule for Business Loan & Surety Bond Guarantee Programs

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Created on November 27, 2015

Submit CommentsThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is proposing revisions to its regulations for determining affiliation under SBA’s business loan programs and its surety bond guarantee program.  These revisions are designed to simplify eligibility determinations and reduce costs and processing time.

The proposed revisions were published October 2, 2015 in the Federal Register.  The comment period will be open until December 1, 2015.  SBA seeks comments from the public on the proposed rule and will consider these comments in its development of a final rule.

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