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Created on May 13, 2015
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are jointly issuing an interim final rule regarding program changes to the H-2B visa program, which allows employers to hire temporary non-agricultural guest workers.
The rule includes a new employer registration process, increased recruitment and oversight, requirements for guaranteed pay, additional fees, and similar payment for corresponding U.S. workers. These agencies jointly issued this rule due to recent court decisions that found that DOL lacked authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act to independently issue legislative rules governing the H-2B program.
America's Seed Fund Logo Design Competition (SBIR/STTR) - Calling all Artists, Designers and Creatives Across The Country
Created on May 11, 2015
The Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Maria Contreras-Sweet announced during National Small Business Week 2015 that the SBA is crowdsourcing the official logo for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs, “America’s Seed Fund” and has made major improvements to the www.sbir.gov website.
The SBA oversees the SBIR and the STTR programs, America’s largest seed fund for small businesses in the STEM fields. These programs allocate $2.5 billion a year to small innovators. By reserving a specific percentage of federal R&D funds for smaller firms, this encourages domestic small businesses to engage in high-growth priorities and build a strong national economy.
MBDA Pursues Tech-Transfer Opportunities for Minority-Owned Firms at the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s Annual Meeting
Created on May 6, 2015
Candace Shiver, MBDA; Paul Zielinski, Director of the Technology Partnerships Office at NIST and Chair of Federal Laboratory Consortium; and Demetria Gallagher, MBDA (from left to right)
Last week, Candace Shiver and Demetria Gallagher of the Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) Office of the National Director, participated in the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) in Denver, Colorado. This meeting brought together hundreds of technology transfer professionals from both the public and private sector, providing in depth training and networking opportunities to initiate the establishment of interagency and industry partnerships
to advance federal technologies from federal lab to the marketplace.
MBDA recognizes that the advancement of federal technology transfer programs requires a new comprehensive approach to engage minority business enterprises (MBEs) and students of color in the commercialization of technology and innovation. There are more than 65,000 minority employers in the technology industry with the potential to bring scientific discoveries to the marketplace by utilizing federal inventions and technologies. In order for the U.S. to remain globally competitive, it must leverage this diversity.
Created on May 5, 2015
Happy World Trade Month!
For years, May has been the time to not only recognize the benefits of international trade, but also for organizations around the country to support more American companies competing overseas. Recently, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker released a new report, Jobs Supported by State Exports, which reveals that in 2014, exports of goods and services directly and indirectly supported 11.7 million U.S. jobs.
Here are some quick facts about U.S. exports of goods from the report:
From Small Success to Great Achievement: A NerdWallet conversation with the MBDA’S Access to Capital Team
Created on April 29, 2015
In honor of National Small Business Week 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency is teaming up with NerdWallet to host a Google Hangout on how minority-owned businesses can start and grow their companies.
The online discussion will feature Carmen West and Nick Perkins, of MBDA’s Access to Capital team, and Cindy Yang, NerdWallet’s small business expert. During the discussion, the panelists will address how the MBDA helps minority-owned businesses expand, and Yang will discuss NerdWallet’s resources for small businesses just starting out.
“MBDA’s Access to Capital team seeks to align with organizations that speak to America’s business owners and minority communities,” says Efrain Gonzalez, Associate Director, Office of Business Development. “MBDA is pleased to participate in this Google Hangout to share and discuss how our 44 business centers across the country provide capital resources that complement the services of NerdWallet and other organizations that provide resources to small businesses.”
The Google Hangout will be broadcast live on NerdWallet’s Youtube channel. During the second half of the webinar, Perkins, West, and Yang will take questions from the audience through Twitter. Tweet questions using the hashtag #DreamSmallBiz to either @NerdWallet or @USMBDA.