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One Year Later, Look South Looking Brighter

Blogged By: 
Tradeology, the ITA Blog
Created on January 20, 2015
 

Joe Matthews recently completed an internship in the International Trade Administration’s Office for Export Policy, Promotion, and Strategy.

As yet another polar vortex bears down on much of the United States, we in the trade community can still find some sunshine in the fresh trade data through November 2014.

Our export numbers are up globally, and some bright spots are appearing for trade with our friends to the south one year after launching the Look South initiative — they include:

El Paso MBDA Business Center Kicks Off the New Year with Business Sunday

Blogged By: 
Michelle Luevano, Director of the El Paso MBDA Business Center
Created on January 16, 2015
 

MBDA Business Center LogoThe MBDA Business Center-El Paso (Texas), operated by the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, kicked off the New Year with its first Business Sunday Event at Destiny Family Christian Center this past weekend. The event was organized in collaboration with the local El Paso SBA office and the Women’s Business Border Center (a joint project of the U.S. SBA and the Hispanic Chamber). The program was part of a larger effort at the national level to promote local economic growth and job creation by connecting congregations and communities with valuable business development resources offered by the federal government. Business Sunday is a reflection of President Obama's commitment to strengthening the economy by empowering people - business owners, entrepreneurs, community development organizations, faith-based groups and others - to effect positive change at the local level. 

What You Need to Know About Changes to the National Defense Authorization Act?

Blogged By: 
SBA News
Created on January 13, 2015
 

Government Contracting - Government building with U.S. FlagThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently published a proposed rule to implement Section 1651 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA), proposing to change several key areas, including: the performance requirements applicable to small business and socioeconomic program set aside contracts and small business subcontracting, the non-manufacturer rule and affiliation rules, and the performance requirements for joint ventures. 

If you’re a small business doing business with the government, the proposed rule includes a number of provisions that could impact you. Comments must be received on or before February 27, 2015.

The highlights of the proposed revisions to the NDAA include:

Register to Attend a USTDA Event and Discover New Export Opportunities in 2015

Blogged By: 
MBDA
Created on January 13, 2015
 

World MapThe U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) recently added new events to its website for 2015. USTDA events, like workshops and business briefings, showcase U.S. technologies and services that can help partner countries achieve their development goals.

Business briefings provide a platform for foreign delegates to present their upcoming procurement needs to U.S. businesses. A hallmark of USTDA-sponsored events is the one-on-one meeting, which allows U.S. companies and overseas project sponsors to discuss specific solutions to development challenges.

Call for Ideas: Help Shape a Federal Immigrant and Refugee Integration Strategy

Blogged By: 
Cecilia Muñoz and León Rodríguez
Created on January 13, 2015
 

LibertyIn November 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions to fix our broken immigration system. As part of these actions, the President created a White House Task Force on New Americans.

We are proud to serve as the co-chairs of this federal interagency Task Force, which will focus on the civic, economic and linguistic integration of new Americans and creating welcoming communities for all residents.

As the President’s memorandum states:

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