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MBDA Policy Roundtable at Hannover Messe Explores Changing Demographics and Inclusive Entrepreneurship

Blogged By: 
Gabriela Morales-Richards, MBDA Business Development Specialist
Created on April 29, 2016
 

Policy Round TableThis week at Hannover Messe, the largest industrial trade fair in the world, we see abundant evidence that global business is booming.  The fair features more than 6,500 exhibitors, and draws 250,000 visitors to explore innovations in energy, digital factory, industrial automation, industrial supply, and research and technology from leading companies. For the first time since the fair’s founding in 1947, the United States is the official partner country.

The massive gathering also provided the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency an ideal platform for a dynamic exchange of ideas on changing demographics and entrepreneurship.  On April 27th, a U.S. – German policy roundtable titled Changing Demographics: Fostering Inclusive Entrepreneurship was led by U.S. Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews, Member of German Budnestag Dieter Janecek, and MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo. The discussion explored issues that directly impact diverse small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and available services to support their growth and global competitiveness.

Hannover Messe Delegation Spotlight: The ACT●1 Group and Agile●1

Blogged By: 
MBDA
Created on April 29, 2016
 

Ed. note: This post is part of a series highlighting the upcoming Hannover Messe Trade Show April 25—29, 2016. This series will highlight U.S. minority-owned business that will join the MBDA Hannover Messe delegation.

At World’s Largest Industrial Trade Fair, ACT●1 Group Expands European Footprint

Janice Bryant HowroydExpanding opportunities in European Union (EU) countries remains an essential goal of ACT●1 Group, a workforce management firm based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The firm accompanied the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) at Hannover Messe,  April 25-29, 2016.

Founded in 1978, ACT●1 Group focuses on “keeping the ‘humanity’ in human resources,” according to Janice Bryant Howroyd, founder and CEO. With client operations in more than a dozen nations including India, Mexico, Brazil and South Korea, ACT●1 Group was excited to become part of MBDA’s first official delegation at Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade fair in industrial technology. 

Peter Carvalho, President of Agile●1 participated in the MBDA policy roundtable, ceremonial events, and exhibit fair, building networking connections to expand the company’s footprint within the EU. The company also leveraged MBDA expertise, and plans to follow up with contacts formed during the event.

Hannover Messe Delegate Spotlight: RMiller Consulting Global Advisors

Blogged By: 
MBDA
Created on April 29, 2016
 

Ed. note: This post is part of a series highlighting the upcoming Hannover Messe Trade Show April 25—29, 2016. This series will highlight U.S. minority-owned business that will join the MBDA Hannover Messe delegation.

RMiller Consulting Global Advisors Finds Growth Opportunities

Wilfredo A. Reyes MillerWilfredo A. Reyes Miller, a former economic expert for the government of Puerto Rico, is the founder and CEO of RMiller Consulting Global Advisors. The economic development firm offers an array of strategic services for public and private businesses, uniquely attuned to global trends impacting operations.

At Hannover Messe 2016, RMiller Consulting served as a member of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) delegation, which demonstrated the importance of minority business enterprises (MBE) in global commerce.

Reyes Miller sought to expand his knowledge on recent developments in policies impacting trade and other issues, and establish new business contacts during the weeklong event, which took place April 25-29, 2016. Reyes Miller attended exhibits, informational panels, ceremonial events, and informal meetings.

As the world’s largest industrial trade fair, Hannover Messe offers minority-owned businesses a wealth of opportunities to network with thousands of company representatives, investors, and manufacturing experts to better serve their international clients.

MBDA Hannover Messe Delegation Spotlight: Sana, Inc.

Blogged By: 
MBDA
Created on April 22, 2016
 

Ed. note: This post is part of a series highlighting the upcoming Hannover Messe Trade Show April 25—29, 2016. This series will highlight U.S. minority-owned business that will join the MBDA Hannover Messe delegation.

SanchezSANA International Commerce, Inc. is an international company that facilitates the global acquisition of materials for businesses. Established in 1994 in San Antonio, TX, SANA primarily focuses on the sales and distribution of renewable products and the manufacturing of solar products for special application.

Sanchez is excited about providing his company visibility in international markets and among 70+ countries at Hannover Messe 2016. The company is preparing for added exposure by bolstering SANA’s marketing presence, as well as identifying networking events of interest throughout the week.

MBDA has proved an integral resource to SANA. The San Antonio Business Center has offered “incredible” support to the exporting powerhouse, connecting the company to new markets and providing dependable and ongoing business guidance.

MBDA Hannover Messe Delegation Spotlight: Aimtek, Inc.

Blogged By: 
MBDA
Created on April 21, 2016
 

Ed. note: This post is part of a series highlighting the upcoming Hannover Messe Trade Show April 25—29, 2016. This series will highlight U.S. minority-owned business that will join the MBDA Hannover Messe delegation.

Amar KapurHeadquartered in Auburn, Massachusetts, Aimtek, Inc. provides metal joining products and services to the aerospace, power generation, defense, and manufacturing industries. In 2013, the company celebrated its 40th anniversary. Amar Kapur, the President and CEO, founded the independently owned company in 1973.

Recently, Aimtek has experienced increased revenue in exporting, resulting in added jobs. By participating in Hannover Messe, the company hopes to further Aimtek’s exporting reach, as well as expand its overall global footprint.

Like many business owners, Kapur also plans to leverage the vast networking opportunities Hannover Messe provides, as well as identifying new opportunities to expand its licensing of manufactured products within the U.S. Kapur is seeking to form new joint ventures and alliances with other countries in attendance as well.

To prepare for Hannover Messe, Aimtek, Inc. has participated in several MBDA-sponsored tradeshows, seminars, and networking events, as well as in one-on-one meetings with several directors of local MBDA business centers.

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