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Webinar: Opportunities for U.S. Suppliers in Brazil’s Airport Sector

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MBDA
Created on March 18, 2015
 

Brazil Airport SignThe International Trade Administration is pleased to announce a webinar for U.S. exporters focused on the opportunities in Brazil’s Airport Sector.

Since 2012, five of Brazil’s largest airports have been successfully privatized through concession rounds.  The auction generated over US$ 14 billion for the federal government, which is now being invested in 270 regional airports throughout the country through a new Regional Aviation Plan.  Join the U.S. Commercial Service, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and expert speaker from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Dr. Respicio Espirito Santo who will provide a brief overview of the Brazilian airport sector and how U.S. companies can position themselves to make sales.

MBDA Engages American Indian Businesses During 2015 RES Conference

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Nick Perkins, MBDA Business Development Specialist
Created on March 17, 2015
 

National Director Castillo addressing RES attendeesAlejandra Y. Castillo, National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and agency officials joined representatives from several MBDA Business Centers around the country at the National Reservation Economic Summit (RES) in Las Vegas last week.  This multifaceted event was hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) and featured unparalleled access to respected tribal leaders, members of congress, federal agency representatives, state and local elected officials, and top CEO’s.

Business met culture at the conference, allowing participants to experience customs and traditions while promoting economic empowerment of American Indian entrepreneurs.  Castillo spoke at two summit events where she highlighted MBDA’s commitment to the tribal communities and the success of minority businesses. MBDA also exhibited at the Buy Native Procurement Matchmaking Expo and engaged tribal leaders and business owners in identifying opportunities as well as discussed best practices in pursuing contracts and capital.

Minority Exporter of the Year Business Award

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MBDA
Created on March 17, 2015
 

EXIM/MBDA's Minority Exporter of the Year Business Award showcases the fastest-growing Minority-Owned Exporters based on revenue growth and U.S. job creation over the immediate past two years.

The winner will be publicly recognized at EXIM’s Awards and Recognition Luncheon during the 40th Annual EXIM Conference at the OMNI Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street in Washington, DC on April 23-24, 2015.

CRITERIA FOR NOMINATIONS / APPLICATIONS:

OWNERSHIP: At least 51% of the Company must be owned and managed by a minority.

EXPORT: Must be exporting U.S. made goods or services.

AFFILIATION: Client of MBDA and EXIM.

PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Company President/CEO or Representative must attend the Annual EXIM Conference to receive the Award in person.

SELECTION PROCESS: EXIM will review applications provided by the applicants.

NOMINATE A BUSINESS

U.S. Department of Commerce and Columbia University Announce Summit on the Future of Urban Innovation

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MBDA
Created on March 16, 2015
 

The Future of Urban InnovationSummit Will Focus on Evolving Role of Urban Innovation in the American Economy

The U.S. Department of Commerce and Columbia University today announced that they will co-host the first-ever Future of Urban Innovation Summit, which will take place at the Columbia University campus in New York City on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. The summit is part of the Commerce Department’s ongoing efforts, through its U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, to provide information and resources to innovators and entrepreneurs in the region.

The summit will bring together entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics, government officials, and thought leaders in the innovation ecosystem to engage on how government, academia, and industry can work together to spur economic growth. The event will include panels on the evolving role of urban innovation in the American economy, the role of government and universities in technology development, and discussions on what investors and startups want to see in developing policy around innovation.

Avoiding Online Tax Scams

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MBDA
Created on March 11, 2015
 

Tax TimeIt’s tax season, which means it’s also time for tax scams, with numerous online scams that attempt to steal people’s tax refunds, bank accounts, or identities. Last year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates it paid $5.2 billion in fraudulent identity theft refunds in filing season 2013. Websense Security Labs reported in 2014 it saw approximately 100,000 IRS-related scams in circulation every two weeks.

This year, we need to be especially careful in light of the Anthem Breach, in which data from approximately 80 million customers was exposed, triggering new phishing attacks offering false claims of credit monitoring services.

Users who have already filed their taxes this season can still be vulnerable to tax-related scams. Many schemes take advantage of users by alleging to have information about the filer’s refund, or noting a problem with the return that was previously filed.

One scam that has already been impacting users this season involves phishing emails claiming to be from Intuit’s TurboTax. The emails prompt users to click on links to verify their identity or update their accounts in an attempt to download malware to the victim’s machine, or steal data such as Social Security numbers or financial information.

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