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Weeminuche Construction Authority Recognized as Minority Construction Firm of the Year

Blogged By: 
Jean-Robert Baguidy, Team Lead Capital Access
Created on November 4, 2015
 

Weeminuche Construction Authority (WCA) as Minority Construction Firm of the Year

This year's National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week awards ceremony recognized Weeminuche Construction Authority (WCA) as Minority Construction Firm of the Year.  The company was formed in 1985 by the Tribal Council of the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe, to create a Tribal-owned business enterprise that would offer employment and increase income for the Tribe. WCA is wholly owned by the Tribe and has functioned as a successful construction company under the same name since its inception.

Boots to Business Reboot to Expand its Offering to More Veterans

Blogged By: 
MBDA
Created on November 4, 2015
 

VeteransDuring the third annual celebration of National Veterans Small Business Week Nov. 2-6, the Small Business Administration will host 30 Boots to Business: Reboot entrepreneurship training events nationwide.

This coming year, the SBA will be able to present more than 100 Boots to Business: Reboot entrepreneurial training workshops.  The other big news is that for the first time, the program will be available to military veterans of all eras. This also includes service members (including members of the National Guard and reserve members) and their spouses.

The Boots to Business: Reboot curriculum will introduce veterans to the fundamentals of business ownership, including evaluating business concepts and developing a business plan. Course participants will be introduced to their local SBA resource partners, consisting of Veterans Business Outreach Centers, Women’s Business Centers, Small Business Development Centers and SCORE.

Self-employed? Get Ready for Open Enrollment for 2016

Blogged By: 
MBDA
Created on November 3, 2015
 

The Health Insurance Marketplace  It’s time to get covered.  Open Enrollment for 2016 coverage started on November 1 and runs through January 31. HealthCare.gov is working for millions of Americans and it’s ready to help even more get covered. The deadline is December 15 to sign up for coverage that starts on January 1, 2016.  If you want to start the New Year with coverage, you must sign up by December 15. For people who enroll after December 15, coverage will begin on February 1.

Financial assistance is available. Most people who enroll in health coverage through HealthCare.gov qualify for financial help to make their monthly premiums more affordable. Over 7 out of 10 people can find a health insurance plan for as little as $50 or less per month.

Powered by MBDA: Working with Federal Labs

Blogged By: 
Carlos Gutierrez, MBDA Strategic Alliances Specialist
Created on October 30, 2015
 

Tyrone C. Taylor from Capitol Advisors on Technology, LLC, Gary Jones - Federal Lab Consortium (FLC), DC Representative,     Marlene M. Owens - Deputy (Acting) for Research and Development Partnerships, Science and Technology Directorate for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and     Brian Suh - Director of Technology Transfer at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) and Regional Director of the Federal Laboratory Consortium, Albert K. Shen, MBDA National Deputy DirectorThe 2015 Minority Enterprise Development Week celebration was held in conjunction with the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC) Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange in San Diego, CA. In this new and innovative collaboration, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) offered several Powered by MBDA sessions that provided the latest information and trends on technology innovation, federal procurement, and international trade. As part of the Powered by MBDA sessions, day four of the NMSDC Conference featured a robust lab-to-market panel discussion moderated by Tyrone C. Taylor from Capitol Advisors on Technology, LLC. The panel included:

  • Gary Jones - Federal Lab Consortium (FLC), DC Representative,
  • Marlene M. Owens - Deputy (Acting) for Research and Development Partnerships, Science and Technology Directorate for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and
  • Brian Suh - Director of Technology Transfer at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) and Regional Director of the Federal Laboratory Consortium

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.

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