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Working Together with Indian Country

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Guest blog post by Dee Alexander, Commerce's Senior Adviser on Native Ameri
Created on June 5, 2013
 

Dee AlexanderLast month, Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank signed the “Tribal Consultation and Coordination Policy," (PDF) which establishes the manner in which the Department works with federally-recognized Indian tribes when developing Department policies that have tribal implications.

The Consultation Policy follows from President Obama’s Presidential Memorandum on Tribal Consultation from November 2009 which strengthens former President Bill Clinton’s Executive Order on “Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments” (PDF). Upon signing, President Obama stated the importance of the Presidential Memorandum: “History has shown that failure to include the voices of tribal officials in formulating policy affecting their communities has all too often led to undesirable and, at times, devastating and tragic results. By contrast, meaningful dialogue between Federal officials and tribal officials has greatly improved Federal policy toward Indian tribes.

Trade Finance Guide helps U.S. businesses compete, now en Español!

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Yuki Fujiyama, a Trade Finance Specialist
Created on June 4, 2013
 

Trade Guide SpanishOn May 8, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration unveiled the first Spanish language version of the Trade Finance Guide: A Quick Reference for U.S. Exporters.

The Guide is a simple and effective tool designed to help U.S. small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) learn the best ways to get paid from export sales. Now that the Guide is also available in Spanish, it can better help U.S.-based Hispanic and Latino companies compete in global markets.

What is the Trade Finance Guide?

The Trade Finance Guide covers 14 subject areas in easy-to-understand two-page chapters that are written in plain language. The Guide is:

  • A “60-minute” self-learning tool for new-to-export SMEs that wish to learn how to benefit from export sales.

  • A user-friendly tool for international credit, banking and trade finance professionals, as well as export counselors for client assistance.

  • A flexible educational tool for professionals teaching international business.

MBDA Webinars: We’ve Got You Covered

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MBDA
Created on May 15, 2013
 

Getting the right information at the right time is a valuable advantage in business.  Being able to accomplish both while saving time and financial resources is priceless.  MBDA is excited to announce an ongoing series of web-based seminars that allow for business owners to explore opportunities, access current information on business trends, and connect with industry experts and peers.

To date, we’ve introduced business owners to Export-Import Bank to help finance international sales and last month participants were connected with the Office of Management and Budget at the White House to discuss federal procurement.  

Upcoming webinars will feature the programs and initiatives of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC).

Want to learn more? Stay connected by checking our Event Calendar!

Want to join the discussion? Suggest topics and share your feedback by contacting Venice Harris at vharris@mbda.gov.

MBDA Business Center-Atlanta Launches Health IT Partnering Program

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MBDA
Created on May 15, 2013
 

The Atlanta MBDA Business Center partnered with Georgia Tech’s Jobs and Innovation Accelerator project to create the Health IT Cluster Partnering Program. Launched in August 2012, the purpose of the program is to facilitate firms’ emergence into the Health information technology (IT) space with the end goal of measurable job creation and growth. With more than 40 MBDA client firms connected through an online community, continuous educational and business event programming, and business to business networking, the program has already experienced several successes.

In February, to build on the program’s momentum, a formal Health IT Teaming Program was launched.  The teaming program is solely focused on developing partnerships for members companies in order to pursue targeted opportunities in the public and private sector. After completing a rigorous application process, eight firms have joined the inaugural Health IT Teaming Program, they include: AdTech Service, Avion Systems, Diligent eSecurity, Global Resource Management, Inc., (GRMI) ICATT Consulting, QualityTech, Sciberusand TecMasters.

President Obama Sends FY 2014 Budget to Congress

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Leslie Grant and Deepak Shenoy, MBDA Interns
Created on May 15, 2013
 

On April 10th President Obama sent to Congress a $3.78 trillion budget proposal. This budget boasts a strong investment in advanced manufacturing, innovation, and infrastructure. With every single program in this budget fully paid for, this proposal sustains itself without adding a dime to the deficit.  The FY 2014 President’s Budget, when combined with the deficit reduction already achieved, allows us to exceed the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction, while growing the economy and strengthening the middle class.

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