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Inclusive Innovation Spotlight: Nicole Tucker Smith, Co-Founder LessonCast Learning

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MBDA

Created on August 12, 2015

 

In her role as co-founder of LessonCast Learning, a learning platform that helps community members share best practices, Nicole Tucker-Smith keeps an idealistic mindset that helps her elevate her company to the next level. But she also recognizes the importance of balancing idealism with practicality. The Minority Business Development Agency helps entrepreneurs, like Nicole, with identifying and taking advantage of resources that support day-to-day tasks of a budding startup.

Inclusive Innovation Spotlight: Natalie Madeira Cofield, Founder and CEO of Urban Co-lab

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MBDA
Created on August 11, 2015
 

As the Founder and CEO of Urban Co-Lab, Natalie Madeira Cofield and her team believe that if you empower communities through entrepreneurship and business engagement, you not only give people the opportunity to sustain themselves but also their communities. For more than 10 years, Natalie has been inspired by and influenced by the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) as a champion for minority-owned businesses.

Trade Mission to the Canary Islands & Africagua

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MBDA
Created on August 11, 2015
 

Africa Environmental Conservation and NatureThe Virginia/DC District Export Council (DEC*) is organizing a Trade Mission to the Canary Islands, November 16-20, 2015. The purpose of this trade mission is to help U.S. firms in the energy, environmental technologies, industrial equipment and supplies, infrastructure and logistics sectors find partners from the Canary Islands and other regions of Spain to sell products and services in West Africa and to learn about the advantages of setting up an operation in the Canary Islands to pursue opportunities in West Africa.

Why West Africa? West Africa had the strongest economic growth of the African continent in 2014, at over 5 percent GDP. This rapid growth is generating opportunities and prosperity in all industry sectors.

Join the District Export Council of Virginia and Washington, DC, and the U.S. Commercial Service on this trade mission to find your next customer:

The Power of Inclusive Innovation

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Alejandra Y. Castillo, MBDA National Director
Created on August 11, 2015
 

Business Owner with Open SignEntrepreneurs are the driving force of our 21st century economy. They have the power to spur innovation, create jobs, stabilize communities, and inspire the next generation of inventors.

At the Department of Commerce, it is our goal to create the economic conditions that allow start-ups and entrepreneurs to succeed. While we meet this goal through a wide variety of Department initiatives, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) focuses on accessing and engaging the talents and inventiveness of all our citizens through inclusive innovation efforts. Inclusive entrepreneurship and inclusive innovation means that every American, regardless of their background or past, has the opportunity to engage the marketplace and offer their goods, services, gifts, and talents to the world.

Grand Slam Day for America’s High-Growth Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and Its Startups

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Javier Saade, SBA Official

Created on August 10, 2015

 

On August 4, President Barack Obama hosted the first ever White House Demo Day, and what a day it was.   The content of the day is front and center of what our agency does every day. 

The White House helped us put a magnifying glass on the wide-ranging talents of innovators from diverse walks of life and across the country and the small companies they lead.  Our economy, especially our entrepreneurial economy is the envy of the world.  For it to fire on all cylinders, we need to draw on talented Americans from all backgrounds and locations and leave no one on the bench. 

The Demo Day Fact Sheet lays out amazing actions, commitments and announcements made by federal agencies and a broad swath of the private sector.  The day was nothing short of astounding and SBA’s Office of Investment and Innovation was equally excited to have had a leadership role supporting the White House Office of Science and Technology.

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