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Trick or Treat...or Should We Say Trick or Threat

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Created on October 29, 2014
 

MalwareOctober is not only National Cyber Security Awareness Month, it's also the time to celebrate Halloween, bringing to mind scary things that are merely figments of our imagination. In the digital world, however, there are many scary things that are not figments of our imagination, that we should in fact be worried about. The threats in cyber space are real. One of the most important concerns is malware, short for malicious software. The volume of malware continues to surge, with ransomware infections increasing, malware now targeting mobile devices, and new strands of malware attempting to exploit vulnerabilities in aging automated teller machines (ATMs).

Playing on the Halloween theme of scary things, below are some examples of malware you should be aware of, and some tips for minimizing your risks.

Free Webinar Provides Overview of the Trade Mission to Morocco, Algeria and Egypt

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MBDA
Created on October 24, 2014
 

 Algiers, Algeria: container terminalThe United States Commerce Department will host a free webinar on Thursday November 12, 2014, which will provide an overview of the US Department of Commerce March 2015 Executive-led Business Development Mission to Morocco, Algeria and Egypt. Speakers from the US Commercial Service in Morocco, Algeria and Egypt will provide a brief market overview and discuss opportunities for American exporters in these markets.  

Specific opportunities for U.S. companies include but are not limited to: all security and safety equipment and related solutions for seaports, airports, border crossings, security and safety agencies such as the police, and buildings; integrated monitoring and surveillance solutions; luggage screening devices; fire prevention and control equipment, alarm equipment for building safety, emergency evacuation systems; radio communication systems; and inspection equipment for containers and seaport cargo, border and perimeter control, bomb detection equipment, uniforms, protective apparel & accessories (industrial) and x-ray and scanning equipment. 

Making the Connection to Alternative Financing Deal Makers

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MBDA
Created on October 23, 2014
 

Inaugural Minority Investment Forum

On October 21st, in partnership with the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), MBDA, and the Chicago MBDA Business Center launched the inaugural 2014 Minority Finance Forum during the 15th annual Midwest ACG Capital Connection, the country’s largest collection of private capital for middle market investment.  The Forum had approximately 100 participants including MBE clients and minority business advocates who were introduced to nearly 150 of the most active middle market investors, leaders, advisors, and deal makers from across the country.

As a result, minority-owned firms that attended had access to more than $160 billion in deal-flow activity creating opportunities to source capital, partner with companies for mergers and acquisitions and to network with investment bankers and private equity investors.  MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo also attended and shared the importance of building strong strategic partners with minority-owned businesses and becoming a visionary investor as a strategic step toward embracing the changing composition of the national business community.

SHOP Marketplace: 8 Things You Can Do to Get Ready

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MBDA
Created on October 22, 2014
 

Enroll - Health InsuranceThe SHOP Marketplace makes it possible for small businesses to provide qualified health plans to their employees. No matter what state you do business in, you’ll have access to the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace.

Starting November 2014, you and your employees will be able to visit HealthCare.gov to enroll online for coverage starting January 2015.

The tips below will help you get ready:

1. Learn about SHOP.

You’ll want to understand how SHOP works, which businesses qualify, and how using SHOP can benefit you and your employees. Use the SHOP Full-time Equivalent Employee Calculator at HealthCare.gov/fte-calculator/ to see if you qualify.

2. Talk to your employees.

Find out your employees’ coverage needs. This will help you with your coverage decision and you’ll get an idea of how many employees might participate.

Cybersecurity for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses and Entrepreneurs

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MBDA
Created on October 22, 2014
 

Cyber SecuritySmall and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the Nation’s economy. Aside from the wide range of services they offer, small and medium-sized businesses store significant amounts of sensitive data, from customer information to intellectual property. 

While bigger businesses can often dedicate greater resources towards cybersecurity, small and medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs face the same cybersecurity challenges and threats with limited resources, capacity, and personnel.

Entrepreneurs also face a unique cyber security threat as their data includes not only personnel data and financial spreadsheets, but valuable intellectual property that could be worth much more than even they realize. Entrepreneurs are recognizing this need and the fact that the cybersecurity field is a burgeoning marketplace. Entrepreneurs start and fail again (or start, succeed, sell and start again), so they should consider cyber security as a marketplace and focus their talents on creating new and affordable cyber solutions.

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