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Who’s first? Patent and Trademark Searching for Business Owners

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Eureka! You’ve made a great discovery or have a great idea for a business. The question that you have to ask yourself is can I move forward or has someone else beaten me to the proverbial punch?

Join the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a free three-day webinar series to help business owners, inventors, entrepreneurs, and start-ups understand the value of conducting proper prior patent and trademark searches.

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Matching Digital Resources to Small Business Needs!

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GSA News
Created on November 13, 2015

Digital ResourcesOn October 1 the Office of Small Business Utilization (OSBU) updated their web resources with a more diagnostic approach to helping companies understand the steps to working with GSA. takes the information that small businesses need and provides it in bite-sized pieces that are easy to process. The landing page provides a virtual door for each business in every step of the process!

For example, if a company is new to the government they are encouraged to watch a series of short videos to help them determine if working with GSA is the right next step.  If the business has worked with the government before, they may only be looking to pursue and win business or maybe how to maintain and renew their contract.

Network with key Stakeholders at the Nigeria & Kenya Healthcare Business Briefing for U.S. Companies

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Created on November 5, 2015

Globe & HealthcareThe U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) will be hosting a Business Briefing on Friday, November 13 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to introduce delegates from the Nigeria & Kenya Healthcare Technologies Reverse Trade Mission to U.S. healthcare companies. 

The Business Briefing will provide an opportunity for U.S. company representatives to meet with healthcare decision makers in Nigeria and Kenya, and to learn firsthand about the rapidly expanding demand for healthcare equipment and services in these markets.

For more information about participating in the Business Briefing, please visit

SEC to Hold Annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation on November 19

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Created on November 5, 2015

SEC LogoThe Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it will hold its annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation at its Washington D.C. headquarters on Nov. 19, 2015.

The morning session of the forum will feature panel discussions on exempt and registered offerings occurring after the passage of the JOBS Act.  During the afternoon session, participants will work in groups to formulate specific policy recommendations.

Information on the panel participants and the full agenda for the forum will be announced in November and available on the forum webpage.

The forum, which begins at 9 a.m., is open to the public, and the morning session will be webcast live on the SEC’s website.  The afternoon breakout group sessions will not be webcast but will be accessible by teleconference for those not attending in person.  Anyone wishing to participate in a breakout group either in person or by teleconference must register online by Nov. 13, 2015.

Minority Finance Forum: Growth Financing for Middle Market MBEs

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Joshua Gutstein, Chicago MBDA Business Center
Created on November 5, 2015

Conference AttendeesSince the first Minority Finance Forum (MFF) a year ago, MBDA Business Centers have been building the only pipeline of its kind, mid-market minority-owned businesses looking for growth financing.  After a year of monthly calls where Business Centers discussed challenges and opportunities related to access to capital, the second annual MFF at the Chicago Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) 2015 Midwest Capital Connections was held October 19, 2015.  MFF featured panel discussions and extensive networking at the Untitled Supper Club in Chicago, Illinois, with the connection event the next day at Navy Pier presenting over 200 investment bankers, private equity, and other capital sources looking to make deals with businesses and amongst themselves.

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