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Collaboration and Awareness Key to Local Minority Business Success

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Antwaun Griffin, ITA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Operations
Created on September 10, 2015

Antwaun Griffin is the International Trade Administration’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Operations.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Operations delivers keynote at MMBA Power Luncheon.Last week, I, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and my esteemed colleague Joann J. Hill, Chief, Office of Business Development for the Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency, participated in the Mississippi Minority Business Alliance Power Luncheon in Jackson, Mississippi. I was honored to deliver keynote remarks at the luncheon hosted by the Mississippi Minority Business Alliance, Inc. (MMBA) to promote international trade and economic development in Mississippi by providing information on business opportunities for individuals and businesses, including minority and women-owned companies, major corporations and institutions.

In Washington, DC, relatively far from Jackson, I lead the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) U.S. Commercial Service domestic network of more than 100 U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs). I frequently visit our offices and the organizations our USEACs partner with to help U.S. businesses begin exporting or export to more markets overseas. My part of the economic development pie is only exports; however, the Department of Commerce as a whole touches numerous aspects of economic development. Among many other resources — like the National Weather Service, which is always an interesting thing to point out — Department of Commerce bureaus offer trade counseling, technical programs, regional planning, and a variety of other resources that benefit U.S. businesses.
Within Commerce, my peers like Joann Hill collaborate across the country with other federal, state, local and private organizations similar to MMBA. These are critical relationships because the more robust, collaborative, and widespread they are – as in Jackson – the more of a synergy they create.

Five Reasons to Look South to Mexico and Central America’s Infrastructure Build-Out

Blogged By: 
Erin Aucar, ITA Intern
Created on September 4, 2015

BlueprintErin Aucar recently completed an internship with the International Trade Administration’s Office of the Western Hemisphere

Infrastructure is the buzzword for companies looking for new business opportunities in Latin America. The region is undergoing a major infrastructure build-out as economies and populations grow.  Large scale public-private partnership projects in the transportation sector abound, particularly in roadways, airports, and ports. Numerous opportunities exist in related industries as well, such as renewable energy, water resources, environmental technologies, rural development, aircraft parts, building parts, and more. If your company works in or supplies the infrastructure sector and its many related industries, this is an opportunity not to be missed!

This September 9th ITA’s Commercial Service Office in Denver is hosting an event to introduce your company to the latest infrastructure opportunities in Mexico and Central America as part of ITA’s Look South initiative. Here’s why you should attend:

HANNOVER MESSE 2016: One Place to Showcase the Many Reasons Behind U.S. Global Business Leadership

Blogged By: 
Antwaun Griffin, ITA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Operations
Created on September 3, 2015

Hannover Messe is April 25-29 in Germany. Join leading industry experts & witness innovative technologies from across the globe.There’s no one reason to explain why global consumers actively seek out U.S. goods and services, and no single explanation why global investors call the United States the best place in the world to invest.

A variety of factors keep American companies at the forefront of innovation, on top of advanced manufacturing, research, technology, and education. A stable currency, an educated workforce, and an enormous consumer base – among other factors – maintain our top investment climate.

And while there’s no one reason to explain why the United States leads the way in these areas, there is one place American companies and economic development organizations (EDOs) can show our leadership: HANNOVER MESSE 2016.

Look South: Infrastructure Opportunities in Mexico & Central America

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Created on September 2, 2015

Look SouthJoin us on September 9, 2015 to learn about upcoming contracting opportunities in Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala from our U.S. Embassies in-country and from procurement & infrastructure experts in Washington D.C.

When:  Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 / 7:30am - 5:00pm
Where:  World Trade Center Denver; 2650 East 40th Avenue, Denver 80205
Cost:  $75 after August 28th.

Registration includes breakfast, lunch and all program materials

First-Ever National MBE Manufacturers Summit at Georgia Tech

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Created on September 2, 2015

National MBE Manufacturers Summit - March 24, 2016A national manufacturing industry-specific event exclusively for minority business enterprise (MBE) manufacturers, supply chain decision makers, and stakeholders with a focus on innovation, technology, and business-to-business matchmaking has never existed until now!

Join the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center Network; Alejandra Y. Castillo, National Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce, MBDA; Dr. G.P. Peterson, President of the Georgia Institute of Technology, and more for a one-of-a-kind summit that will offer:

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