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Getting Involved - Manufacturing Day 2015

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Created on August 24, 2015

MFG DayMark your calendars for October 2, 2015, and get ready to celebrate all things manufacturing!

Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) is an incredible opportunity to showcase the amazing work manufacturers do on a daily basis and to educate students, community members, media, and policymakers on how integral manufacturing is to the local, national and global economy.

As a manufacturer it’s your opportunity to:

  • Tell your company’s story

  • Dispel outdated myths about manufacturing

  • Inspire a new generation of manufacturers

  • Connect with potential customers in your community

  • Learn about manufacturing extension partnerships that can improve your efficiencies and work force skills and boost your profits

  • Visit other manufacturers to initiate business relationships and learn what is being made in your community.

MBDA - An Integral Link to the Success of Minority-Owned Firms: An Intern’s Perspective

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Sara G. Arellano, 2015 MBDA Summer Intern
Created on August 18, 2015

Photo of Sara G. ArellanoMy name is Sara G. Arellano. This summer, I joined many other students as a Department of Commerce intern. However, that may be where the similarities end, as I am considered a non-traditional student. After raising a family and working in the private sector, I decided to pursue a bachelor degree in Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. As a non-traditional, female student of Mexican descent my journey thus far has been at times – challenging. Nonetheless, I have overcome stereotypical assumptions based on my gender and ethnicity with determination and support from mentors who believed in my ability to succeed.

Similarly, minority-owned firms encounter challenges and obstacles as they grow their businesses.  Over 45 years ago, President Nixon recognized these barriers and established the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to promote the growth and expansion of minority-owned business.  Today, MBDA continues to link minority-owned firms with the access to capital, contracts, and markets they need to expand.

Inclusive Innovation Spotlight: Maxine Paul, CEO/CTO and Co-Founder of Pitch Love

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Created on August 17, 2015


Maxine Paul, CEO/CTO and Co-Founder of Pitch Love, an adaptive learning management system that teaches people through feedback and data, believes that innovation is essential to creating solutions that have a large impact on many different people. In order to continue progressing, we need to expose the future generation of entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds to innovation earlier and more often.

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.

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