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Partnering to Bring More Businesses to Some of the World’s Most Promising Markets

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Denis Csizmadia, Senior International Trade Specialist
Created on August 17, 2015

Trade Winds Africa

I’ll be blunt: we are about five weeks away from one of the most important trade missions in U.S. history.

Trade Winds—Africa will be the largest-ever U.S. government-led trade mission to the continent, and the U.S. Commercial Service will connect more than 100 companies to business opportunities in eight of the world’s fastest-growing markets.

We’ll have local market experts, Fortune 500 companies that are already succeeding on the continent, innovative U.S. small businesses, and key government decision-makers all under one roof and with one objective: to connect U.S. companies to the most promising business opportunities on the continent.

Sub-Saharan Africa Business Briefing to Provide Networking Opportunity for U.S. Agribusinesses

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Created on August 14, 2015

AgribusinessThe U.S. Trade and Development Agency announces an opportunity for U.S. companies to meet and network with senior representatives from sub-Saharan Africa's agribusiness sector at a Business Briefing on Thursday, August 18 in Fargo, North Dakota.  The Business Briefing is part of a USTDA-sponsored reverse trade mission to the United States for a delegation of key decision-makers from leading agribusinesses and government entities in Kenya, Ethiopia, Botswana, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Angola, South Africa and Zambia.  This reverse trade mission is designed to introduce the African delegates to U.S. companies that provide equipment and services for large-scale agricultural projects. 

The Business Briefing will offer delegates the opportunity to share their priorities and procurement opportunities with U.S. firms during presentations and one-on-one meetings.  The Briefing will facilitate an interactive dialogue on technical and commercial solutions to help agricultural producers in sub-Saharan Africa improve productivity through the application of state-of-the-art equipment and technologies.

Inclusive Innovation Spotlight: Lauren Rosario, Innovation Analyst at CodeMyMobile

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Created on August 13, 2015

Lauren Rosario, Innovation Analyst at CodeMyMobile, attended the Commerce Department’s Open for Innovation event because she was interested to learn what established corporations and startups were doing to innovate their products and companies. Through events like Open for Innovation, she believes the government has the ability to attract a caliber of businesses that entrepreneurs would not have an opportunity to meet with otherwise, providing valuable networking opportunities.

Inclusive Innovation Spotlight: Rod Robinson, Founder and CEO of ConnXus, Inc.

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Created on August 13, 2015


Rod Robinson, Founder and CEO of ConnXus, Inc., a supplier relationship platform that manages all aspects of a corporation’s diversity and compliance programs, discusses the important role a government organization like MBDA plays in the success of an entrepreneur. He believes taking advantage of resources provided by MBDA, such as access to data and analytics to support the business model, as well as meeting with fellow mentors that have walked in their shoes, allows entrepreneurs to reach their full potential.

MBDA at White House Demo Day

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Longyang Zhu, 2015 MBDA Summer Intern
Created on August 12, 2015

MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo, National Deputy Director Albert Shen, Associate Director Efrain Gonzalez, along with MBDA staff Tooba Awan and Longyang ZhuAs the only Federal agency dedicated to the competitiveness of minority businesses, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) was honored to be invited as guests of the White House during the inaugural White House Demo Day hosted by President Barack Obama. The half-day event showcased over 90 minority and female entrepreneurs presenting their groundbreaking and innovative work.

MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo, National Deputy Director Albert Shen, Associate Director Efrain Gonzalez, along with MBDA staff Tooba Awan and Longyang Zhu, shared MBDA's client success stories with the entrepreneurs present. MBDA representatives informed the start-ups on federal procurement opportunities and the role MBDA’s nationwide network of Business Centers play in promoting inclusive entrepreneurship through access to contracts, capital, and markets.


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