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Export Readiness Assessment Tools

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MBDA
Created on September 6, 2013
 

There are various resources that allow you to assess your company’s readiness to export. These tools help you to understand what constitutes export readiness for a firm, and how your company can move toward that goal:

Export.gov’s “Are You Export Ready?” Questionnaire - This questionnaire highlights characteristics common to successful exporters. Many of these questions will guide you into areas of the Export.gov homepage where you can obtain more information on exporting. Upon completion, you will receive a score which will help you to assess your export readiness, as well as identify areas of your business needs to strengthen to improve its export activities.

globalEDGE Diagnostic Tool--CORE™ - This self-assessment tool allows you to determine your company's readiness to expand its operations internationally and ascertain its ability to export a particular product.

Plan to Stay in Business

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MBDA
Created on September 4, 2013
 

Ready.govAs a business owner or manager, you are a leader in your community and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers, and community to follow. This September for National Preparedness Month, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared.

Disasters not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes. As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees, and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster.

Ready Business asks companies to take three simple steps: plan to stay in business; encourage your people to become Ready and protect your investment.

Discover What’s Next for Your Business at the Discover Forum

Blogged By: 
Shirreef Loza & Frances Selema, Senior International Trade Specialists
Created on August 28, 2013
 

Discover 2013There are plenty of questions for a small business looking to start exporting. What markets are best suited for your company’s products? How can you compete with larger companies? How can you get paid for your products? What kind of research do you need to do to begin exporting?

Luckily, you can get answers to all these questions and more at the 2013 Discover Global Forum in Raleigh, NC, Sept. 16-18.

This two-day summit will feature some of the world’s most knowledgeable people when it comes to exporting. Trade specialists from around the globe will be on hand to share inside tips about doing business in established and emerging markets, from Africa to Asia and the Middle East to South America.

Dr. King’s Legacy

Blogged By: 
David A. Hinson, National Director
Created on August 28, 2013
 

Martin Luther King - March on WashingtonFifty years ago this week, on August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered one of the most consequential speeches in American history. Standing in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial before nearly a quarter million Americans from nearly every corner of the nation, Dr. King articulated his vision of a more just and equitable America, creating  a powerful weapon in his non-violent crusade for civil rights.

His goal was simply stated, easy to understand and remarkably consistent with what he believed throughout his entire life.  He wanted social and economic justice for all.  In fact, he spoke about justice 11 times in his famous speech, exactly the same number of times he used the word “dream.”

My office, the Minority Business Development Agency, is located directly across the street from the Willard Hotel where Dr. King prepared his notes and rested the night before he spoke.  When I look in that direction now, 50 years later, I wonder what might have been going through the minds of those who were there with him on the mall, or those who saw him live on television. Did they realize they were witnessing such an historic moment?

The Billion Dollar Roundtable

Blogged By: 
David A. Hinson, National Director
Created on August 23, 2013
 

Each year, since 1955, Fortune Magazine ranks the 500 largest corporations in the United States.  Corporations that are part of the Fortune 500, purchase goods and services from other businesses which in turn support thousands of other companies and millions of jobs across the nation.  Becoming a supplier to a major corporation is a growth strategy that many minority-owned firms incorporate into their business plans, and Fortune 500 corporations have responded by launching supplier diversity programs.  Some are more successful than others. 

The Billion Dollar Roundtable (BDR) was created 12 years ago to identify and honor those Fortune 500 corporations that have embraced the value of working with diverse suppliers and procuring quality products and services to satisfy their corporate needs.   Every corporation that is a member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable is formally committed to procuring at least $1 billion annually in goods and services from minority and women-owned businesses.  Today, there are 18 corporate members of the BDR, with many more on their way to achieving the $1 billion threshold.

 

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