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Entrepreneur of the Month – April 2016

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Created on April 6, 2016
 

Ron Shahani, Acro Service CorporationWe’re proud to announce the April 2016 Entrepreneur of the Month: Ron Shahani, president of Acro Service Corporation. Acro is one of the nation’s largest certified minority business enterprises, providing high-quality personnel and services to organizations of all sizes and industries, including BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg, Toyota, Ford, NASA, State of New Jersey and many others.

Since opening its doors in 1982, Acro identifies workforce management solutions in information technology (IT), engineering, technical, design, manufacturing, light industrial and other areas. With its global headquarters based in the Detroit, Michigan area, Acro operates 33 offices across the U.S. and six international offices in Canada, Mexico, the U.K. and India.

Building a business was always at the forefront of Ron’s mind. The inspiration to become his own boss began when he was an undergraduate student in business school, observing families of friends who ran their own businesses.

“I was struck by the awesome fact that they, and not anyone else, created the work culture in their enterprises, and they were solely in control of their destinies,” said Ron. “I got to see firsthand the connection between working hard and smart to capitalize on opportunities, while minimizing inevitable risks and seeing the rewards of such hard work.”

The Path to Sustainability for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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Carlos Gutierrez, MBDA Strategic Alliances Specialist
Created on March 29, 2016
 

From left to right: Darold Hamlin, President and CEO – Emerging Technology Consortium, Ivory Toldson, Ph.D., White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Department of Education, Diane J. Frasier, Director, Office of Acquisition and Logistics Management ( also Head of the Contracting Activity) – NIH, Alejandra Castillo, Esq., National Director, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and Lyn R. Williams, President and CEO – Bridge Enterprises Incorporated

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) held a symposium on The Path to Sustainability for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) on March 9, 2016 in Rockville, Maryland. The theme of the symposium was "Teaming for Opportunities in Biomedical ‘Big’ Data." The National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency, Alejandra Y. Castillo was on hand to deliver the keynote presentation. 

Director Castillo spoke about the changing demographics of the country and the importance of minority business enterprises to the growth of the U.S. economy. She also discussed the new MBDA Inclusive Innovation Initiative (I3), saying, "minorities need to be at the front end of innovation." The Inclusive Innovation Initiative will do just that by facilitating engagement between MBEs, federal laboratories, and the innovation ecosystem. 

Tips for Trade Show Success: Part III

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MBDA
Created on March 28, 2016
 

This post concludes Tradeology’s three-part series of Tips for Trade Show Success. Read part one and part two to get even more helpful tips!

Follow-up dos and don’ts

The trade show has ended and you are excited to follow up on all the leads generated at the show. Here are some tips to help make your time and investment at the show pay off:

Nominations Sought for 2016 National MED Week Awards

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The MBDA National MED Week Awards Program is designed to celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs, as well as individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing global minority business enterprise.

Start your nomination today!

Start your nomination today!

Deadline for Receipt of All Nominations: May 6, 2016

As MBDA Celebrates Its 47th Year, a Look Back At March 1969

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MBDA
Created on March 25, 2016
 

In the early morning of March 5, 1969, President Richard M. Nixon emerged from the private residence of The White House and received his daily schedule.  As usual, it was packed with ceremonial events and meetings concerning governance.

Tucked between a 7am breakfast with NSA Assistant Director Henry Kissinger, and a lunch-hour meeting with Urban Affairs Assistant, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, President Nixon had an event with a very long title:

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