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Affordable Care Act (ACA) Videos

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MBDA
Created on February 10, 2015
 

Healthcare WebsiteAs a business owner, it’s important to understand what the new health care law means for you and how you can benefit. There are a lot of misconceptions out there, so here are the facts you should know.

Before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), small businesses paid on average 18% more in premiums than their larger competitors for the same benefits. The ACA helps small employers by lowering premium cost growth and increasing access to quality, affordable health insurance.

Expansion of American Supplier Initiative with Matchmaking Events to be held throughout 2015

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SBA News
Created on February 6, 2015
 

American Supplier Initiative with matchmaking eventsThe U.S. Small Business Administration will expand the American Supplier Initiative with matchmaking events that will be held throughout 2015.  The matchmaking events will help provide small businesses with the tools and resources needed to become effective suppliers and connect with federal and commercial supply chain opportunities.

“The American Supplier Initiative is part of a comprehensive plan to create jobs through growing small businesses while also ensuring that America has a strong, deep and diverse supply chain,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet.  “Becoming a corporate supplier can be a true catalyst for business growth, but accessing those supply chains can be challenging for small businesses.  The American Supplier Initiative exists to help our nation’s small businesses find their footing in these supply chains.”

African Diaspora Marketplace III Business Plan Competition Application Is Now Extended to March 7, 2015!

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MBDA
Created on February 6, 2015
 

African Diaspora Marketplace III Business Plan CompetitionThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Western Union  have launched the third round of the African Diaspora Marketplace business plan competition (ADM III). 

Successful ADM III applicants will receive a matching grant of up to $50,000 and will have access to technical assistance and other support services. The ADM III website is now live and entrepreneurs are urged to go online and apply for this grant opportunity. In order to accommodate the anticipated volume of applications, the application deadline for the concept proposals is extended to March 7, 2015.

U.S. Exports Hit Record High for the Fifth Straight Year

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Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker
Created on February 5, 2015
 

Trade Agreements Will Help Accelerate Economic Growth

New data that show U.S. businesses exported $2.35 trillion of our goods and services in 2014, hitting a record high for the fifth straight year. U.S. goods exports increased 2.7 percent to a record $1.64 trillion in 2014.Today, the Commerce Department announced new data that show U.S. businesses exported $2.35 trillion of our goods and services in 2014, hitting a record high for the fifth straight year. U.S. goods exports increased 2.7 percent to a record $1.64 trillion in 2014. Records were set in exports of capital goods; consumer goods; petroleum products; foods, feeds, and beverages; and automotive vehicles and parts. Annual services exports hit an all-time high of $710.3 billion, led by record export levels in the travel, transport, charges for the use of intellectual property, and financial services sectors.

Puerto Rico MBDA Business Center’s MED Week Event Helps Local Entrepreneurs, Businesses Expand Their Opportunities

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MBDA
Created on January 30, 2015
 

Conference attendees with National Director Castillo and James W. Brewster, Jr., U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic

Puerto Rican businesses and entrepreneurs looking for opportunities that drive growth found them during Puerto Rico’s MBDA Business Center’s Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week) conference held on January 30th in San Juan’s Condado Plaza Hotel.

The MED Week in Puerto Rico continued the celebration of the Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) 45th Anniversary.  It was also another opportunity to amplify our continued efforts in Puerto Rico to assist minority-owned firms grow in size and scale, and diversify into the industries of tomorrow.

To that end, this past year, we engaged the Puerto Rico MBDA Business Center on several important business endeavors.  One of them was ensuring that minority firms in Puerto Rico were well positioned to export, and that’s precisely why we invited James W. Brewster, Jr., U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic to be the keynote speaker at this year’s MED Week event.  As a critical trade partner, we wanted to talk about the exporting opportunities that exist in the Dominican Republic, but also throughout all the Caribbean nations.

 

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