Created on January 13, 2016
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking input and comments on certification of Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSB) in connection with the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program (WOSB Program).
SBA is planning to amend its regulations to implement section 825 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (2015 NDAA). Section 825 of the 2015 NDAA removed the statutory authority allowing WOSBs and EDWOSBs to self-certify.
Created on January 13, 2016
It is with great pleasure that I write to invite you to attend the National MBE Manufacturers Summit 2016 at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta, GA on March 24, 2016.
Now is a time of amazing innovation and change in the manufacturing industry. What will 2016 and beyond bring? Where is manufacturing headed? You’ll get answers to these questions and more at our premier manufacturing event of 2016 presented by the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center Network.
The day will commence with opening remarks by Georgia Tech President G.P. Peterson, MBDA National Director Alejandra Castillo, and Derek Kayonga, co-founder of The Global Soap Project and CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights. We will continue with corporate and MBE manufacturer panels, breakout sessions on key industry topics including manufacturing in healthcare and cybersecurity, Business-to-Business Matchmaking and Fast Pitching one-on-one meetings with corporations. These sessions will allow you to share your capabilities with sourcing professionals and potential customers and to connect with other manufacturers for potential partnering opportunities. In addition, ample time will be given for Networking Breaks, Poster Walk opportunities and more!
Created on January 8, 2016
Health Information Technology (Health IT) has the potential to be one of the world’s most transformative industries over the next few years. The use of electronic health records to comprehensively collect and organize patient information, remote monitoring and telemedicine services to treat patients, and the use of statistical and analytical tools to determine the best course of treatment for both individual patients and entire populations of citizens, represent a few examples of how Health IT can have a significant impact on the health care sector in the future.
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries face challenges similar to those in the United States regarding delivery of health care, such as adequately and efficiently addressing a patient’s health condition, while maximizing cost effectiveness. Given that many TPP countries have health care systems at a relatively early stage of development, U.S. exports of Health IT product and service solutions provide a tremendous opportunity for these countries to quickly deliver improved health care to their citizens. Provisions in the TPP regarding pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and medical supplies, in conjunction with increased deployment of Health IT, will lead to critical improvements in the health care sector among all TPP countries, saving thousands of lives daily.
|Created on January 8, 2016|
Elise Hernandez, President of Ideal Systems Solutions Inc.
This January, we are kicking off a new campaign, Entrepreneur of the Month, which features a minority business owner who exemplifies innovation, passion, and a commitment to success. Each of these entrepreneurs has leveraged MBDA programs and services in a unique way to foster growth within his or her companies. In sharing success stories of minority business owners, we hope to inspire other entrepreneurs to pursue their professional dreams.
Our first Entrepreneur of the Month is Elise Hernandez, President of Ideal System Solutions Inc. (Ideal) and recipient of the MBDA 2015 Minority Business Enterprise of the Year award. Ideal is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is a leading technology solutions provider to federal, commercial and academic organizations nationwide. Ideal’s technology portfolio consists of storage and data centers, networking and mobility, servers and desktops, integrated communications and managed and cloud solutions.
Today, the company boasts 32 employees and a recognized list of leading manufacturer partners including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, CISCO, Avaya, Oracle, Microsoft and Dell.
Created on January 7, 2016
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency is expanding its investments in sustainable energy projects across sub-Saharan Africa. An implementing agency of the U.S. government’s Power Africa initiative, USTDA invests in project preparation activities designed to generate renewable and gas-fired power, modernize electric grids and increase energy efficiency. The Agency’s programs are available to help African project sponsors prepare bankable clean energy projects.
Interested project sponsors in sub-Saharan Africa – or U.S. companies working with African project sponsors – should submit their project concepts to USTDA no later than February 19, 2016 to be considered for funding. To learn more about the Agency’s project proposal process, please visit: http://www.ustda.gov/proposals.
Power Africa is a U.S. presidential initiative that addresses one of the most pressing challenges to sustainable economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa – access to electrical power. President Obama launched Power Africa to bring together technical and legal experts, the private sector and governments from around the world to increase the number of people with access to power. Power Africa aims to increase installed power capacity by more than 30,000 MW and create at least 60 million new connections by 2030. USTDA’s investments under Power Africa provide critical early-stage planning to advance new power generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure.