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30th Anniversary National MED Week in Review

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MBDA
Created on December 21, 2012
 

MBDA’s National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week has by tradition set the standard as the premier event for minority entrepreneurs, business owners, and advocates. On December 5-6, the 30th anniversary milestone event officially joined the ranks as one of the most successful MED Week’s in the history of the conference.

This year’s event was attended by nearly 1,300 individuals representing a broad range of industries from across the globe. In the State of Commerce Address, Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank opened the conference with inspirational remarks on the growth of the economy and highlighted the crucial role that minority-owned businesses play in exporting and job creation. Acting Secretary Blank’s address embodied the theme of this year’s conference, Job Creation in America: Build it Here – Sell it Everywhere!, and set the tone for the conference agenda, which included an International Business-to-Business Linkage networking reception attended by the Brazilian Ambassador to the United States, a partnership announcement between MBDA and the Export-Import Bank that launched the “Global Outreach Alliance,” and numerous seminars and workshops focused on the global supply chain and emerging markets.

Happy Holidays from MBDA

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David A. Hinson, National Director
Created on December 21, 2012
 

David Hinson, National Director

As we approach the winter holidays, we pause to thank you for your continued partnership. It is business associates like you that bring a rich mosaic of experiences, attitudes and views that continue to advance MBDA’s mission to create jobs and foster the growth and global competitiveness of minority-owned firms.

It’s been an extremely productive year at MBDA and we are excited to share some of our many achievements from this past year.  We’ve completed a major organizational restructuring that enabled us to increase funding to MBDA Business Centers.  We also launched several “specialty” MBDA Business Centers including: the Atlanta MBDA Business Center, which is now staffed to provide expert guidance for minority-owned businesses in the healthcare technology and advanced manufacturing industry sectors; the San Antonio MBDA Business Center that has expanded their services to include expertise in exporting to Latin America; and the MBDA Federal Procurement Center, the first MBDA Business Center to solely focus on federal contracting.;

“We Will Be Known Forever by the Tracks We Leave” – Santee Sioux Tribe

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MBDA
Created on November 29, 2012
 

The Minority Business Development Agency pays tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans as we approach the final days of Native American Heritage Month.  According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, “What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.”

Leveraging International Opportunities in Emerging Markets: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South America (BRICS)

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MBDA
Created on November 29, 2012
 

For decades, MBDA has supported expanded trade through minority-owned and operated businesses recognizing that minority-owned firms have the most favorable export attributes of any sector of the U.S. economy. In 2011 MBDA began the formal process of institutionalizing efforts to aid minority-owned businesses globally. With President Obama’s launch of the National Export Initiative, the focus on minority exporters and their ability to support domestic job growth has taken on added importance.

Congress Returns, Passes Russian Trade Bill

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Terry Richards
Created on November 29, 2012
 

A week after the 2012 Election Cycle where the House and Senate essentially remained the same, Congress returned to Washington for the final weeks of the 112th Congress.  As talks continued between leaders in Congress on how to address the impending fiscal cliff, Members of the House passed a bill to establish permanent trade relations with the ninth-largest economy in the world, Russia.

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