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Stop.Think.Connect. Business Resources

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MBDA
Created on October 28, 2015
 

Cyber SecuritySmall businesses may not consider themselves targets for cyber attacks due to their small size or the perception that they don't have anything worth stealing.

However, small businesses have valuable information cyber criminals seek, such as employee and customer records, bank account information and access to the business's finances, and access to larger networks.

In some ways, small businesses are at a higher risk of cyber attacks than larger businesses because they often have fewer resources dedicated to cybersecurity.

Below, find resources and materials to keep your small business cyber secure.

Our Increased Focus on Manufacturers over the Past Few Years is Producing Results

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MBDA
Created on October 28, 2015
 

Minority BusinessesMinority businesses are playing an integral part in keeping the ‘Made in America’ product strong as the U.S. manufacturing sector continues to rise.  Minority-owned manufacturing firms employ 342,000 workers and have recently grown faster than their non-minority counterparts in three areas—number of firms, employees and gross receipts.

MBDA’s increased focus on manufacturers over the past few years is producing results. Just in the last three years, MBDA has facilitated more than $3.3 billion in contracts for minority-owned manufacturing firms, making manufacturing one of the top industries for MBDA clients.

MBDA Presents Two Service Industry Awards

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Nick Perkins, MBDA Business Development Specialist
Created on October 23, 2015
 

At this year's Minority Enterprise Development Week celebration in San Diego, CA I had an opportunity to speak with two MED Week award recipients who were recognized for their success in the professional services industry. Ideal System Solutions Inc., was awarded as Minority Business Enterprise of the Year, and Acro Service Corporation, was awarded as Minority Professional Services Firm of the Year. Each firm represents best–in-class for service delivery and is recognized for making significant contributions through the creation of jobs, their products and services, and support of their local communities. The awards were presented by MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo and National Deputy Director Albert Shen.

MBDA Exploring Partnership with the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency

Blogged By: 
Nick Perkins, MBDA Business Development Specialist
Created on October 23, 2015
 

For the  signing of the MOI, MBDA was represented by National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo, while KOTRA was represented by President and CEO Jaehong Kim who is visiting from South Korea as a member of the delegation accompanying the South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s visit to Washington, D.C. this week.On October 14th, MBDA signed a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) with the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), an agency of the Government of the Republic of Korea that aims to make the most of South Korea’s expansive free trade network by supporting partnerships and cooperation between South Korean and foreign companies.  For the  signing of the MOI, MBDA was represented by National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo, while KOTRA was represented by President and CEO Jaehong Kim who is visiting from South Korea as a member of the delegation accompanying the South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s visit to Washington, D.C. last week.

The MOI focuses on exploring partnerships between Korean diaspora owned businesses in the U.S., other U.S. minority owned businesses, and interested South Korean companies for joint ventures and other business opportunities.

Top Tips for MED Week

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Verlinda Harris, MBDA Management Analyst
Created on October 18, 2015
 

2015 MED WeeK

In less than 12 hours, over 7,000 entrepreneurs, businesses, and non-profit entities will begin arriving in San Diego, CA for one of the year’s biggest networking events for minority business enterprises (MBEs). The Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week was created by a presidential proclamation signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983 and honors some of the country’s most innovative and emergent minority businesses around the country. This year the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is excited to announce our partnership with the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council, Inc. (NMSDC) to have MED Week in conjunction with the 2015 NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange. This conference will allow MBEs to have access to both corporate executives and federal government procurement officials and endless opportunities.

A conference of this size and magnitude can open doors and catapult an organization’s growth and scale by leaps and bounds, however it can also be overwhelming to new entrepreneurs and those unfamiliar of the intricacies of taking full advantage of this type of opportunity. To ensure that an entrepreneur is  fully aware of the benefits of MED week we have comprised the following tips:

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