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Making the Connection to Alternative Financing Deal Makers

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Created on October 23, 2014
 

Inaugural Minority Investment Forum

On October 21st, in partnership with the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), MBDA, and the Chicago MBDA Business Center launched the inaugural 2014 Minority Finance Forum during the 15th annual Midwest ACG Capital Connection, the country’s largest collection of private capital for middle market investment.  The Forum had approximately 100 participants including MBE clients and minority business advocates who were introduced to nearly 150 of the most active middle market investors, leaders, advisors, and deal makers from across the country.

As a result, minority-owned firms that attended had access to more than $160 billion in deal-flow activity creating opportunities to source capital, partner with companies for mergers and acquisitions and to network with investment bankers and private equity investors.  MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo also attended and shared the importance of building strong strategic partners with minority-owned businesses and becoming a visionary investor as a strategic step toward embracing the changing composition of the national business community.

SHOP Marketplace: 8 Things You Can Do to Get Ready

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Created on October 22, 2014
 

Enroll - Health InsuranceThe SHOP Marketplace makes it possible for small businesses to provide qualified health plans to their employees. No matter what state you do business in, you’ll have access to the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace.

Starting November 2014, you and your employees will be able to visit HealthCare.gov to enroll online for coverage starting January 2015.

The tips below will help you get ready:

1. Learn about SHOP.

You’ll want to understand how SHOP works, which businesses qualify, and how using SHOP can benefit you and your employees. Use the SHOP Full-time Equivalent Employee Calculator at HealthCare.gov/fte-calculator/ to see if you qualify.

2. Talk to your employees.

Find out your employees’ coverage needs. This will help you with your coverage decision and you’ll get an idea of how many employees might participate.

Cybersecurity for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses and Entrepreneurs

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Created on October 22, 2014
 

Cyber SecuritySmall and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the Nation’s economy. Aside from the wide range of services they offer, small and medium-sized businesses store significant amounts of sensitive data, from customer information to intellectual property. 

While bigger businesses can often dedicate greater resources towards cybersecurity, small and medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs face the same cybersecurity challenges and threats with limited resources, capacity, and personnel.

Entrepreneurs also face a unique cyber security threat as their data includes not only personnel data and financial spreadsheets, but valuable intellectual property that could be worth much more than even they realize. Entrepreneurs are recognizing this need and the fact that the cybersecurity field is a burgeoning marketplace. Entrepreneurs start and fail again (or start, succeed, sell and start again), so they should consider cyber security as a marketplace and focus their talents on creating new and affordable cyber solutions.

Panama Airport and Air Traffic Management Reverse Trade Mission Industry Briefing

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Created on October 20, 2014
 

Panama Airport and Air Traffic Management Reverse Trade Mission Industry Briefing

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is sponsoring a Panama Airport and Air Traffic Management Reverse Trade Mission Industry Briefing on Wednesday, November 5, at USTDA headquarters, Suite 1501, 1000 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Virginia. The Industry Briefing will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m. This includes a catered lunch.

The Panama delegation will consist of senior representatives from Tocumen International Airport and the Civil Aviation Authority of Panama, senior air traffic control officials from Panama, and a U.S. Embassy representative from Panama.

The Industry Briefing is designed to introduce U.S. companies to procurement opportunities in Panama's aviation sector. The Industry Briefing also will include presentations from USTDA and other U.S. government officials who are responsible for promoting U.S. private sector participation in Panama's aviation sector.

Regional Latin America and the Caribbean: Renewable Grid Integration Orientation Visit

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Created on October 20, 2014
 

Regional Latin America and Caribbean: Renewable Energy Grid Integration Orientation Visit

The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are hosting a delegation of up to fifteen Latin American and Caribbean officials for the Regional Latin America and Caribbean: Renewable Energy Grid Integration Orientation Visit (OV) from October 27-31, 2014. The delegation will include high-level public sector energy officials from Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic.

During the visit, the delegates will have the opportunity to meet with top U.S. government officials, financing institutions and U.S. companies to gain exposure to policies, best practices, financing options and technologies that can support efforts to modernize power grids in key countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Meetings will focus on the integration of renewable energy resources and energy efficiency technology into the electric grid in the context of integrated energy systems planning.

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