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America's Largest Seed Fund is Coming to a City Near You

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MBDA
Created on June 22, 2015
 

SBIR Road TourThe SBIR Road Tour is coming to a city near you! This is a national outreach effort to convey the non-dilutive technology funding opportunity provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Over the course of this year individual program managers from the 11 participating agencies representing $2.5 billion in early stage funding will embark on a 20 state road tour, participating in a series of events alongside technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters from across the United States.

If you’re an innovator, entrepreneur, researcher, or small technology firm,; don’t miss this opportunity. Every SBIR Road Tour stop provides an in-depth understanding of agency technology funding priorities, and one-on-one meetings with high level decision makers.

Call to Nominations: Inner City Capital Connections

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MBDA
Created on June 19, 2015
 

As part of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, ICCC helps small businesses in economically distressed areas access capital, achieve sustainable growth, and provides a forum where companies can connect with capital providers. Executive Education, led by top-tier professors from leading entrepreneurship institutions, covers a range of practical skills—from strategy and entrepreneurial finance to marketing and investor pitch presentations. Through intensive coaching sessions, small business owners connect with capital providers from an exclusive portfolio made available through our partners. The culminating program event is the national conference, where program participants put learning into practice and can market and pitch their businesses.

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Export Success Series: Increasing Opportunities For U.S. Trade In Nicaragua and Guatemala

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Department of Commerce Blog
Created on June 17, 2015
 

Business CounselingThis post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog.

Two Central American countries, Nicaragua and Guatemala, continue to open doors for American companies who are seeking out new markets. The U.S. Commercial Service, the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, helps U.S. companies get started in exporting and increase their sales to new markets around the world. Recently, the U.S. Commercial Service office worked with two companies, Second Frontiers and Battery Concepts, helping them expand sales and services into these important Central American countries.

Second Frontiers, a global technology consulting firm specializing in the electronic equipment industry, announced their intentions to expand services to new markets and trade partners. In August of 2014, with the assistance of the Denver, Colorado U.S. Commercial Service office, Second Frontiers used the unique business match-making services that are part of the Gold Key Service program to travel to five Central American countries, including Nicaragua and Guatemala, to meet with prospective trade partners in their industry sector. The Gold Key program provides American firms of all sizes with customized, prescreened meetings with potential overseas clients. As a result of these meetings and expanded trade opportunities, Second Frontiers is now exploring the possibility of building additional office space, warehousing, and distribution centers in the U.S. The progress of their partnerships in foreign markets has been a major catalyst for Second Frontiers domestic growth and increased sales.

Using Short-term Debt to Meet Long-term Needs

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NIST MEP
Created on June 17, 2015
 

Dollar Bill and FinanceThis post originally appeared on the NIST MEP Blog

Stretching your businesses working capital through various types of short-term debt instruments can be a good solution to finding the cash to fund revenue-generating marketing programs or help your company manage when clients don’t pay bills on time. Some of these short-term debt products may be particularly useful to business owners who may be discouraged by current bank lending practices.  Manufacturing companies are increasingly using a product, commonly referred to as Asset Based lending as an alternative to bank loans.

Making it in America

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology
Created on June 10, 2015
 

Making it in America showcases the opportunities manufacturing offers millions of workers and the variety of career pathways available. U.S. manufacturers are the most productive in the world. They come from many different sectors and make the products that enrich our daily lives. Download the infographic.

Learn more about Minority-Owned Manufacturers.

 

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