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Three Reasons Africa Should Be Your Business’ Next Export Market

Blogged By: 
Shannon Christenbury, U.S. Export Assistance Center
Created on May 15, 2015
 

Globe on AfricaMore and more American companies are looking outside the United States to find new customers. Expanding to new markets leads to increased revenue and more growth – great results for any American business.

For many companies I work with in Charlotte, growing markets in Sub-Saharan Africa are some of the most promising markets to explore. In fact, a number of area businesses are already growing because they have taken advantage of opportunities on the continent.

Public Comment Sought on DHS and DOL Issue Changes to H-2B Visa Program

Blogged By: 
MBDA
Created on May 13, 2015
 

VisaThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are jointly issuing an interim final rule regarding program changes to the H-2B visa program, which allows employers to hire temporary non-agricultural guest workers.

The rule includes a new employer registration process, increased recruitment and oversight, requirements for guaranteed pay, additional fees, and similar payment for corresponding U.S. workers. These agencies jointly issued this rule due to recent court decisions that found that DOL lacked authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act to independently issue legislative rules governing the H-2B program.  

America's Seed Fund Logo Design Competition (SBIR/STTR) - Calling all Artists, Designers and Creatives Across The Country

Blogged By: 
SBA News
Created on May 11, 2015
 

SBIR/STTR WebsiteThe Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Maria Contreras-Sweet announced during National Small Business Week 2015 that the SBA is crowdsourcing the official logo for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs, “America’s Seed Fund” and has made major improvements to the www.sbir.gov website. 

MBDA Pursues Tech-Transfer Opportunities for Minority-Owned Firms at the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s Annual Meeting

Blogged By: 
Candace Shiver and Demetria Gallagher, MBDA
Created on May 6, 2015
 

 

MBDA Candace Shiver and Demetria Gallagher with Federal Labs Chair Zielinski

Candace Shiver, MBDA; Paul Zielinski, Director of the Technology Partnerships Office at NIST and Chair of Federal Laboratory Consortium; and Demetria Gallagher, MBDA (from left to right)

Last week, Candace Shiver and Demetria Gallagher of the Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) Office of the National Director, participated in the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) in Denver, Colorado.  This meeting brought together hundreds of technology transfer professionals from both the public and private sector, providing in depth training and networking opportunities to initiate the establishment of interagency and industry partnerships
to advance federal technologies from federal lab to the marketplace.

MBDA recognizes that the advancement of federal technology transfer programs requires a new comprehensive approach to engage minority business enterprises (MBEs) and students of color in the commercialization of technology and innovation.  There are more than 65,000 minority employers in the technology industry with the potential to bring scientific discoveries to the marketplace by utilizing federal inventions and technologies. In order for the U.S. to remain globally competitive, it must leverage this diversity.

May is World Trade Month: Export Success for MBDA Clients

Blogged By: 
Patricia Tomczyszyn, MBDA Public Affairs Specialist
Created on May 5, 2015
 

Happy World Trade Month!

For years, May has been the time to not only recognize the benefits of international trade, but also for organizations around the country to support more American companies competing overseas. Recently, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker released a new report, Jobs Supported by State Exports, which reveals that in 2014, exports of goods and services directly and indirectly supported 11.7 million U.S. jobs.

Here are some quick facts about U.S. exports of goods from the report:

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