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From “Open Government” to “Open for Business”

Blogged By: 
Martin Ezemma, MBDA Business Development Specialist
Created on October 30, 2015
 

How one MBE used government data to launch and grow a successful company.

Dr. James Stalker, president & CEO of RESPRSince his first full day in office, President Obama has prioritized making government more open and accountable, and has taken substantial steps to increase citizen participation, collaboration, and transparency. As a result, the “open government” initiative has required Federal Government agencies to release more information to the public and to make it easily accessible on digital platforms. That information, available on agency websites and from a dedicated website where you can access data from all agencies, can be a gold mine for entrepreneurs and business owners. Data.gov, the central site for U.S. Government data, is the perfect place to start. You can search for specific information or browse by topic. Kayak, LinkedIn, Realtor.com, Zillow, and Carfax are just a few well-known companies that rely upon the open government initiative and free access to data to provide services we know and use every day.

Stop.Think.Connect. Business Resources

Blogged By: 
MBDA
Created on October 28, 2015
 

Cyber SecuritySmall businesses may not consider themselves targets for cyber attacks due to their small size or the perception that they don't have anything worth stealing.

However, small businesses have valuable information cyber criminals seek, such as employee and customer records, bank account information and access to the business's finances, and access to larger networks.

In some ways, small businesses are at a higher risk of cyber attacks than larger businesses because they often have fewer resources dedicated to cybersecurity.

Below, find resources and materials to keep your small business cyber secure.

Our Increased Focus on Manufacturers over the Past Few Years is Producing Results

Blogged By: 
MBDA
Created on October 28, 2015
 

Minority BusinessesMinority businesses are playing an integral part in keeping the ‘Made in America’ product strong as the U.S. manufacturing sector continues to rise.  Minority-owned manufacturing firms employ 342,000 workers and have recently grown faster than their non-minority counterparts in three areas—number of firms, employees and gross receipts.

MBDA’s increased focus on manufacturers over the past few years is producing results. Just in the last three years, MBDA has facilitated more than $3.3 billion in contracts for minority-owned manufacturing firms, making manufacturing one of the top industries for MBDA clients.

MBDA Presents Two Service Industry Awards

Blogged By: 
Nick Perkins, MBDA Business Development Specialist
Created on October 23, 2015
 

At this year's Minority Enterprise Development Week celebration in San Diego, CA I had an opportunity to speak with two MED Week award recipients who were recognized for their success in the professional services industry. Ideal System Solutions Inc., was awarded as Minority Business Enterprise of the Year, and Acro Service Corporation, was awarded as Minority Professional Services Firm of the Year. Each firm represents best–in-class for service delivery and is recognized for making significant contributions through the creation of jobs, their products and services, and support of their local communities. The awards were presented by MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo and National Deputy Director Albert Shen.

MBDA Exploring Partnership with the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency

Blogged By: 
Nick Perkins, MBDA Business Development Specialist
Created on October 23, 2015
 

For the  signing of the MOI, MBDA was represented by National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo, while KOTRA was represented by President and CEO Jaehong Kim who is visiting from South Korea as a member of the delegation accompanying the South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s visit to Washington, D.C. this week.On October 14th, MBDA signed a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) with the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), an agency of the Government of the Republic of Korea that aims to make the most of South Korea’s expansive free trade network by supporting partnerships and cooperation between South Korean and foreign companies.  For the  signing of the MOI, MBDA was represented by National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo, while KOTRA was represented by President and CEO Jaehong Kim who is visiting from South Korea as a member of the delegation accompanying the South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s visit to Washington, D.C. last week.

The MOI focuses on exploring partnerships between Korean diaspora owned businesses in the U.S., other U.S. minority owned businesses, and interested South Korean companies for joint ventures and other business opportunities.

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