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Entrepreneur of the Month – January 2016

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Created on January 8, 2016

Elise Hernandez, President of Ideal Systems Solutions Inc.

Elise HernandezThis January, we are kicking off a new campaign, Entrepreneur of the Month, which features a minority business owner who exemplifies innovation, passion, and a commitment to success. Each of these entrepreneurs has leveraged MBDA programs and services in a unique way to foster growth within his or her companies. In sharing success stories of minority business owners, we hope to inspire other entrepreneurs to pursue their professional dreams.

Our first Entrepreneur of the Month is Elise Hernandez, President of Ideal System Solutions Inc. (Ideal) and recipient of the MBDA 2015 Minority Business Enterprise of the Year award. Ideal is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is a leading technology solutions provider to federal, commercial and academic organizations nationwide. Ideal’s technology portfolio consists of storage and data centers, networking and mobility, servers and desktops, integrated communications and managed and cloud solutions. 

Today, the company boasts 32 employees and a recognized list of leading manufacturer partners including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, CISCO, Avaya, Oracle, Microsoft and Dell.

USTDA Accepting Proposals for Power Africa Projects

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Created on January 7, 2016

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency is expanding its investments in sustainable energy projects across sub-Saharan Africa.  An implementing agency of the U.S. government’s Power Africa initiative, USTDA invests in project preparation activities designed to generate renewable and gas-fired power, modernize electric grids and increase energy efficiency.  The Agency’s programs are available to help African project sponsors prepare bankable clean energy projects.

Interested project sponsors in sub-Saharan Africa – or U.S. companies working with African project sponsors – should submit their project concepts to USTDA no later than February 19, 2016 to be considered for funding. To learn more about the Agency’s project proposal process, please visit:

Power Africa is a U.S. presidential initiative that addresses one of the most pressing challenges to sustainable economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa – access to electrical power.  President Obama launched Power Africa to bring together technical and legal experts, the private sector and governments from around the world to increase the number of people with access to power.  Power Africa aims to increase installed power capacity by more than 30,000 MW and create at least 60 million new connections by 2030.  USTDA’s investments under Power Africa provide critical early-stage planning to advance new power generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure.

Register for the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit!

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Created on January 7, 2016

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that registration is now open for the third SelectUSA Investment Summit to be held June 19-21, 2016, in Washington, D.C. The Summit’s theme is “The Innovation Advantage” and will feature investment opportunities from every corner of the United States for global investors, while high-profile business and government leaders will share their insights on the latest innovation and trends.

Whether you're interested in being an exhibitor, sponsor or attendee at the country's top foreign direct investment (FDI) event, head over to our 2016 Summit website to reserve your space now.

What’s new in the SHOP Marketplace for 2016

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Created on January 7, 2016

The SHOP Marketplace is ready to offer businesses an easier way to provide health insurance to employees with valuable new features for 2016.

With 2016 coverage, SHOP Marketplace small employers can:

Choosing a Retirement Solution for your Small Business

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Created on December 29, 2015

Choosing a Retirement Solution for your Small BusinessStarting a retirement savings plan can be easier than most business owners think. What’s more, there are a number of retirement programs that provide tax advantages to both employers and employees.

Why Save?

Experts estimate that Americans will need 70 to 90 percent of their preretirement income to maintain their current standard of living when they stop working. So now is the time to look into retirement plan programs. As an employer, you have an important role in helping America’s workers save.

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