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GSA To Host Small Business Development Fair

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MBDA
Created on March 9, 2015
 

counselingcornerWhether you are an established small business or just getting started, join us on March 18 for GSA’s Office Small Business Utilization Small Business (OSBU) Development Fair.

The fair will prepare you for opportunities available on our Forecast of Contracting Opportunities and upcoming GSA opportunities posted on Federal Business Opportunities. This is your chance to meet with GSA staff to ask questions and gather information that will help position your company to better understand how to win business.

When:  Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: GSA Conference Center, Room 1460, 1800 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20405

Agenda

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Free Webinar Outlines Upcoming Trade Compliance Training

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MBDA
Created on March 6, 2015
 

On March 11th 1:30 pm EST, take advantage of this FREE presentation to learn about our exciting International Trade Compliance Webinar Training Program.

The program is a webinar series which consists of thirteen one hour to 90 minute webinars starting in early April running through late May 2015. These training webinars will cover

Retirement Savings Made Easy

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MBDA
Created on March 5, 2015
 

Retirement PlanningThe U.S. Department of the Treasury created myRA (my Retirement Account), a new retirement account, to help people save for retirement. myRA is a simple, safe, and affordable way to take more control of your future. Here are the top questions employees have about myRA.

What is myRA?

myRA is a new type of Roth IRA* – a popular retirement savings tool – that has been specifically designed by the U.S. Treasury to address many of the most common barriers to saving, such as fees and minimum initial contributions. There is no cost to you to participate, and myRA carries no risk of losing money. The account stays with you when you change jobs, and if you have more than one job, you can contribute to it through multiple employers. myRA has no minimum contribution requirement, which means you can contribute the amount you choose.* And best of all, it’s easy to set up and manage.

Who can sign up for myRA?

myRA could be a good option if you don't have access to a retirement savings plan through your job. myRA follows Roth IRA rules so it is generally available to anyone who earns an annual income of less than $129,000 a year for individuals and $191,000 for married couples filing jointly.* You can set up direct deposit into your myRA through your employer.

3 Resources To Help You Crack the Export Market

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Caron Beesley, SBA Blog Contributor
Created on March 5, 2015
 

World Map with business peopleU.S. businesses are selling more goods and services abroad than ever before, reaching an all-time record of $2.3 trillion in 2013 – and 98 percent of American companies that export are small businesses.

Despite the statistics, many small businesses still face big challenges when it comes to financing and managing their export business. A recent trade seminar, hosted by the Department of Commerce and several other federal agencies, identified three commonly cited financial obstacles small businesses have to going global:

  • Don’t know how to obtain working capital and financing to support export transactions

  • Don’t know where to seek assistance for entering, growing and succeeding in global markets

  • Don’t know how to get paid by foreign buyers overseas

Minority-Owned Manufacturing Firms Employ 342,000 Thousand Workers!

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Patricia Tomczyszyn, MBDA Public Affairs Specialist
Created on March 4, 2015
 

U.S. Minority-Owned ManufacturersIn the first of a series of new industry-based fact sheets released by MBDA, data reveals that minority-owned manufacturing firms employ 342,000 workers and grew faster than their non-minority counterparts in three areas—number of firms, employees and gross receipts.

This data supports MBDA’s increased focus on manufacturers over the past few years and we’ve seen results. Between FY 2009 and 2013, MBDA facilitated $2.8 billion in contracts for minority-owned manufacturing firms.  For the past two years, MBDA manufacturing clients have shown significant growth, becoming the top category for contracting revenue, a designation traditionally reserved for MBDA clients in the construction industry.

In an effort to continue this upward trend, MBDA awarded supplemental funding to four MBDA Business Centers to better assist clients in advanced manufacturing. Their specialty expertise will have a national scope while centrally located in Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Cleveland – cities with a high population of minority-owned manufacturers.

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