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November is Native American Heritage Month

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MBDA
Created on November 27, 2015
 

This month, we recognize the contributions made by Native Americans since long before our founding, and we resolve to continue the work of strengthening government-to-government ties with tribal nations and expanding possibility for all. President Barack Obama, 2015 Presidential Proclamation: National Native American Heritage Month
 
MBDA wants to highlight the contributions of the Native American business community to the U.S. economy and the minority business community. Here are some quick facts about Native American-Owned Businesses

  • There are 274,000 Native American-owned firms in the United States.

  • Native American-owned firms contribute $42.2 billion in U.S. economic output and 221,000 jobs per year.

  • Native American-owned firms with employees average eight workers and $1.3 million in annual receipts.

U.S. Treasury launches myRA--a new way to save

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MBDA
Created on November 25, 2015
 

myRAThe U.S. Treasury officially launched its myRA program, a new simple, safe, no-fee retirement savings option for the millions of Americans without access to a retirement savings plan at work. Please see the below press release and spread the word to your colleagues, community members, and businesses.

myRA makes saving simple, safe, and affordable for individuals to start saving, and is a good option for employers who do not offer a retirement savings plan to any portion of their staff, such as part-time, seasonal, or other employees.  With myRA, there are no costs to open an account, no fees, and no complicated investment options. Plus, people can choose how much to contribute – any amount that fits their budget – and they can access the money they put into their account if they need it. Also, at tax time, individuals can direct all or part of their federal tax refund to their myRA account.

United States Official Partner Country for 2016 Hannover Messe in Germany

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MBDA
Created on November 25, 2015
 

Select USA Partner Country 2016For the first time, the United States is the official partner country for the 2016 Hannover Messe, the world’s largest trade fair for industrial technology, taking place April 25 to 29 in Hannover, Germany. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker is leading the U.S. efforts to promote America’s world-class businesses, products, innovations, and investment climate for this year’s event, themed “Integrated Industry – Join the Network.” High-ranking government officials from both countries will be in attendance.

Established in 1947, Hannover Messe attracts more than 200,000 attendees from 70 countries. For the first time in the Fair’s history, the United States will be the partner country, which provides American businesses and economic development organizations an unprecedented opportunity to be prominently featured in U.S. exhibition halls and during special events.

Enroll in the SHOP Marketplace between Nov 15 - Dec 15

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MBDA
Created on November 20, 2015
 

Healthcare SignupDid you know that small businesses can enroll in SHOP Marketplace coverage from November 15 through December 15 without meeting a participation requirement? This one month window is available to small businesses each year. Outside of this window, in most states, small businesses generally must meet a minimum participation requirement of 70% in order to enroll in SHOP Marketplace coverage.

You must enroll in SHOP Marketplace coverage by December 15th to take advantage of this one month window. Visit Healthcare.gov to learn more and enroll in SHOP Marketplace coverage today!

Who’s first? Patent and Trademark Searching for Business Owners

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MBDA

Eureka! You’ve made a great discovery or have a great idea for a business. The question that you have to ask yourself is can I move forward or has someone else beaten me to the proverbial punch?

Join the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a free three-day webinar series to help business owners, inventors, entrepreneurs, and start-ups understand the value of conducting proper prior patent and trademark searches.

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