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SBA Promotes STEM based Innovation with National 2016 SBIR Road Tour

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MBDA
Created on March 17, 2016
 

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will launch a 20 state road tour, joined by 11 fellow federal agencies in the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

Each SBIR Road Tour stop will be hosted by a local organization committed to supporting technology-based entrepreneurship, and will provide attendees a face-to-face opportunity to talk directly to federal agency program managers and decision makers from many agencies, including the: 

Tips for Trade Show Success: Part I

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MBDA
Created on March 15, 2016
 

As many of us know, Trade Shows can be a prime location to seal deals and make new connections. This is the first of a three part Tradeology blog series to help your business succeed at the next trade show. Stay tuned for part two.

At the Show

Anyone who has exhibited at one or more trade shows inevitably has a horror story to share: missing graphics, lost shipments, brochures lost in the mail, booths breaking during setup, etc.  While these are indeed terrible incidents, the real horror stories are those of companies from the United States traveling halfway around the world to exhibit at a trade show, spending $15,000 - $20,000 cash, plus countless employee hours…and then spending most of the show on their iPhone, or not taking the time after the show to properly follow-up on leads.

MBDA National Director Discusses Democracy and Innovation at Harvard Conference

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MBDA
Created on March 15, 2016
 

It’s rare that the topics of education, democracy, entrepreneurship, and partnership with the federal government intersect in a single conversation, but that’s exactly what happened at Harvard University.

Alejandra Y. Castillo, National Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency, led the conversation before an audience of educators, students, and alumni at the Askwith Forum March 4 at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education (GSE).

The forum was part of the Graduate School of Education’s 14th annual Alumni of Color Conference (AOCC) March 3-5 at Harvard. The conference theme was “Educators as Architects: Building a Mosaic for Democracy Now.”

U.S. Information and Communication Technology Exports: TPP Helps Connect the World to American-Made Digital Products

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Sergio Delgado, International Trade Specialist
Created on March 11, 2016
 

One of the larger trade categories, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Goods includes optical fibers, audio-video equipment, television reception apparatus, coaxial cable, and batteries, in addition to those items covered by the World Trade Organization's Information Technology Agreement, whose coverage was recently expanded to include over 200 new product categories. These items range from machines that bring the Internet into our homes; entertainment to our televisions, radios, and mobile devices; processing power to cash registers and point of sale systems; all the way to the crucial technologies needed to help teach children across the world.

Technology plays a critical role in both economic growth and job creation in the United States.

USTDA to Host Three Reverse Trade Missions Focused on Energy Storage

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MBDA
Created on March 11, 2016
 

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency will host three reverse trade missions this spring designed to introduce delegates from high-growth emerging markets to U.S. providers of energy storage solutions.

The delegates include public and private sector officials from Jordan, South Africa, Brazil, Colombia, India, the Philippines, Turkey and Vietnam. These countries are planning to make significant investments in energy storage solutions in order to provide affordable, reliable power to consumers and to integrate renewable energy onto their grids. The delegates aim to implement energy storage projects, purchase energy storage solutions and learn more about financing mechanisms and policies that support energy storage deployment.

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