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What is ConnectAmericas?

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Created on March 24, 2015
 

What is Connect Americas

Connect Americas is the first social network for businesses in the Americas, dedicated to promoting foreign trade and international investment. It seeks to help SMEs strengthen their businesses, by providing them with direct access to potential clients, suppliers and investors in the region and all over the world, segmented by industry.

It also provides useful and simple information about procedures and regulations for international commerce, and about the financing opportunities available in IDB member countries. Connect Americas was created by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) with the support of Google, DHL, Visa and Alibaba. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please contact at info@connectamericas.com.

Connect Americas offers three key services:

Register Today! 2015 Spring National SBIR/STTR Conference in Washington, DC (June 15-17)

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MBDA
Created on March 20, 2015
 

National SBIR/STTR ConferenceAttention technology entrepreneurs!!!

The Spring National SBIR/STTR Conference will take place June 15-17, 2015 at the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center at Washington DC National Harbor.

At this conference, attendees learn from and network with SBIR/STTR leaders and program experts on how to participate and compete for funding in the government's SBIR/STTR programs, with a focus on commercializing technological innovations.

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

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MBDA
Created on March 20, 2015
 

SBIR Road TourThe SBIR Road Tour 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.

Register TODAY!
South East Tour – March 24 – 27, 2015

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.

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