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MBDA Business Center-Atlanta Launches Health IT Partnering Program

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MBDA
Created on May 15, 2013
 

The Atlanta MBDA Business Center partnered with Georgia Tech’s Jobs and Innovation Accelerator project to create the Health IT Cluster Partnering Program. Launched in August 2012, the purpose of the program is to facilitate firms’ emergence into the Health information technology (IT) space with the end goal of measurable job creation and growth. With more than 40 MBDA client firms connected through an online community, continuous educational and business event programming, and business to business networking, the program has already experienced several successes.

In February, to build on the program’s momentum, a formal Health IT Teaming Program was launched.  The teaming program is solely focused on developing partnerships for members companies in order to pursue targeted opportunities in the public and private sector. After completing a rigorous application process, eight firms have joined the inaugural Health IT Teaming Program, they include: AdTech Service, Avion Systems, Diligent eSecurity, Global Resource Management, Inc., (GRMI) ICATT Consulting, QualityTech, Sciberusand TecMasters.

President Obama Sends FY 2014 Budget to Congress

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Leslie Grant and Deepak Shenoy, MBDA Interns
Created on May 15, 2013
 

On April 10th President Obama sent to Congress a $3.78 trillion budget proposal. This budget boasts a strong investment in advanced manufacturing, innovation, and infrastructure. With every single program in this budget fully paid for, this proposal sustains itself without adding a dime to the deficit.  The FY 2014 President’s Budget, when combined with the deficit reduction already achieved, allows us to exceed the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction, while growing the economy and strengthening the middle class.

Helping U.S. Companies Make Connections to Expand their Business Opportunities

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David A. Hinson, National Director
Created on May 15, 2013
 

David Hinson, National Director

At the end of last month, the Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank announced the 20 companies that joined the infrastructure business development trade mission to Brazil, Colombia, and Panama.  The purpose of the trip is to promote U.S. exports by helping U.S. companies in infrastructure sectors to make the connections they need to expand their business opportunities in the three countries.  I am pleased to acknowledge that two of those companies – Integra Design Group, and the DeValle Group, are based in Puerto Rico and clients of the Puerto Rico MBDA Business Center.

Integra Design Group, an architecture and engineering firm, will be represented by Co-founder and Vice President Richard Cuebas Ramirez.  Integra Design Group Architects & Engineers was established in 2000 and ranks as Puerto Rico’s fourth largest architectural services firm according to Caribbean Book of ListsTM.   Integra Group is a conglomerate whose companies also provide construction management & management solutions.  Integra Group has numerous projects in Puerto Rico, Aruba and the Dominican Republic to its credit design. 

Latin America Presents Growing Opportunities for American Companies

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Guest blog post by Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank
Created on May 14, 2013
 

With 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside U.S. borders, helping U.S. companies find partnerships and customers in fast-growing markets is crucial to creating a strong and vibrant economy built on good middle class jobs.

As a part of our overall goal to increase American exports, next week, 20 U.S.-based companies will join me on an infrastructure-focused trade mission to Sao Paulo, Brazil; Bogota, Colombia; and Panama City, Panama.  Each of the governments of these fast-growing countries have ambitious infrastructure expansion and improvement plans for the years ahead. 

This trade mission will allow U.S. companies to highlight their cutting-edge technologies and world-class engineering services. The trade mission will also allow them to make the personal connections they need to expand their businesses and it will build on President Obama’s National Export Initiative, a government-wide strategy to promote American exports and create 2 million export-supported jobs by the end of 2014. Last year, U.S. exports hit another all-time record, reaching $2.2 trillion.  Between 2009 and 2012, exports have supported 1.3 million additional jobs.

Obama Administration Seeks Applicants for First Phase of 'Investing in Manufacturing Communities' Partnership

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MBDA
Created on May 10, 2013
 

Effort will encourage an improved approach to economic development around the country

The Obama administration today announced that it is accepting applications for the first phase of the “Investing in Manufacturing Communities” Partnership, a new initiative outlined in the President’s fiscal year 2014 budget that will help accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing and create jobs across the country.

Phase One of the “Investing in Manufacturing Communities” Partnership: In the first phase of this effort, the Departments of Commerce and Agriculture as well as the Small Business Administration and Environmental Protection Agency will award at least 25 grants of up to $200,000 each to help regions develop long-term economic development strategies intended to create a globally competitive environment that will attract, retain and expand investment and spur international trade and exports. These “Implementation Strategies” will encourage collaboration at the local level to identify the region’s comparative advantages and assets, and plan investments to expand the area’s appeal to manufacturers.  In addition, these grants can be used to help communities prepare for the second phase of this initiative, IMCP “Challenge” grants.

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Between 2002 and 2007, minority-owned firms outpaced the growth of non-minority firms in gross receipts, employment, and number of firms. Minority firms are an engine of job creation.
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