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Created on December 2, 2014
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is sponsoring an India Smart Grid Workshop Series to bring together U.S. and Indian power sector stakeholders for future project implementation. The workshops and site visits will assist Indian utilities to address their growing power needs through a better understanding of U.S. grid modernization, demand side management, and renewable energy integration technologies, as well as the policies, best practices and financing mechanisms to support project deployment.
The first one-day workshop will take place on Tuesday, December 9 in San Francisco, CA. In addition to the workshop, the Indian delegation will participate in a series of roundtables, utility site visits and meetings in San Francisco, CA; Portland, OR; and Washington, DC from December 8-17, 2014. The follow-on workshop is planned for March 2, 2015 in Bangalore, India to further highlight U.S. smart grid technologies and best practices including the key findings from current USTDA smart grid grant programs in India. The workshop will take place prior to the India Smart Grid Forum currently planned for March 4-7, 2015.
Created on November 26, 2014
For retailers, this time of year is a hum of activity preparing for holiday sales. While B2B companies may find the holidays a slowdown, rather than a time of intense activity, smart B2B entrepreneurs will seize the season as an opportunity to build relationships with customers. What better way to do that (and what better time of year to do it) than by rewarding your loyal clients for their business?
A study by Loyalty360 reported in MarketingProfs, more than 44 percent of B2B marketers say at least 60 percent of their new sales come from current customers.
Rewarding B2B customers is a bit different than rewarding B2C customers. You can’t exactly offer a company a “Buy 10 software system installs, get one free!” punch card. Discounts don’t work as well for B2B customers. Instead, try the opposite tack: Rather than providing products or services for less, reward your regular customers with something extra. Here’s how.
Created on November 25, 2014
Intellectual Property Webinar Series
The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will co-host a free webinar series to help business owners understand the intellectual property process, starting on Tuesday, December 9.
To join the event:
To participate click here to join the webinar.
To join the audio, call-in toll number: 1-650-479-3208; Follow the instructions that you hear on the phone. Your Cisco Unified MeetingPlace meeting ID: 996 407 651
This three-part webinar series will provide participants with insightful tips for success on getting a patent or registering a trademark or copyright. Tune in and get answers from USPTO and U.S. Copyright Office senior intellectual property experts Elizabeth Dougherty, Anthony Knight, Susan Anthony, Craig Morris, and Sylvester Simpkins. The information shared will help you protect and promote your intellectual property rights.
Created on November 21, 2014
Doing business in Africa is not always easy, but the business climate is improving in many African countries, the World Bank’s latest Doing Business report shows.
The latest version of the Bank’s widely-watched report shows that many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have adopted reforms related to starting a business, protecting investors, paying taxes and registering property. Five of 10 countries listed for a “most improved” business climate – Benin, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Democratic Republic of Congo – were in Sub-Saharan Africa.
While showing significant improvement in many of the factors that are needed to attract private investment, the report also serves to underscore some of the persistent challenges to doing business on the continent. Among those African countries that made the most-improved list, only one, the Democratic Republic of Congo, was recognized for adopting reforms related specifically to accessing electricity, a key challenge throughout the continent that severely limits business activity.
Created on November 18, 2014
The Southern University Law Center and Kean Miller, LLP, hosted the Louisiana Diversity Forum on Oct. 30 in Baton Rouge, La. The forum included several panel discussions and speaker presentations focused on diversity and inclusion with respect to commerce, business, workplaces, and legal education.
Candace Shiver, Special Advisor to the National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) participated as a panelist during the event. Her panel, where she was joined by representatives from Exxon Mobil Corporation and GE Foundation, had a special emphasis on corporate supplier diversity. Together, the panelists discussed and provided critical insight and perspectives on why and how more U.S businesses are achieving diversity and inclusion by building strategic inclusive business models.
Providing context during the panel discussion to the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Shiver stated “At the time of MBDA’s founding in 1969, and for a number of years thereafter, many argued for minority inclusion as a matter of right or equal opportunity.” “Fast forward 45 years, and today we’re recognizing at MBDA how much of a business imperative it is to engage minority-owned companies – to not only open the door, but to also keep the door open - in order for corporations to remain viable and grow increasingly competitive worldwide.”