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Regional Latin America and the Caribbean: Renewable Grid Integration Orientation Visit

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MBDA
Created on October 20, 2014
 

Regional Latin America and Caribbean: Renewable Energy Grid Integration Orientation Visit

The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are hosting a delegation of up to fifteen Latin American and Caribbean officials for the Regional Latin America and Caribbean: Renewable Energy Grid Integration Orientation Visit (OV) from October 27-31, 2014. The delegation will include high-level public sector energy officials from Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic.

During the visit, the delegates will have the opportunity to meet with top U.S. government officials, financing institutions and U.S. companies to gain exposure to policies, best practices, financing options and technologies that can support efforts to modernize power grids in key countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Meetings will focus on the integration of renewable energy resources and energy efficiency technology into the electric grid in the context of integrated energy systems planning.

SBA Office of Surety Guarantees Launches Electronic Claim-Filing System

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SBA News
Created on October 17, 2014
 

 

Will Save Substantial Time and Money to Government and Industry

Bonds

Surety bond companies associated with the U.S. Small Business Administration will now be able to file their claims and supporting documents electronically thanks to a significantly enhanced, web-based processing system launched by the SBA.

The new system, announced by SBA’s Office of Surety Guarantees, eliminates the need for costly, overnight shipments by surety companies, as well as paper handling, filing and storage costs for both the companies and SBA.

 “This enhancement is a collaborative effort between the surety industry and SBA resulting in improved efficiency, reduction in cost to Sureties and creating an error free environment,” said Peter Gibbs, Deputy Director for the Office of Surety Guarantees.

Webinar Series: The Logistics of Doing Business in Canada

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MBDA
Created on October 7, 2014
 

Canada Webinar SeriesCanada is the largest single export market for the U.S. and is a highly receptive market for U.S. goods and services. The North American Free Trade Agreement and Canada’s geographic proximity have afforded U.S. firms with a significant advantage in selling to Canada’s markets.

Are you maximizing your opportunity? Whether you currently export to Canada or are new to exporting, the importance of developing a strategic approach to this market is critical to your success. This five part series has been designed to help businesses strengthen the skills necessary to effectively do business in Canada.

MBDA Supports U.S. Manufacturers

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Patricia Tomczyszyn, MBDA Public Affairs Specialist
Created on October 3, 2014
 

Steel ManufacturingToday is Manufacturing Day and it deserves special attention this year. Manufacturing drives economic recovery and for the first time in more than 10 years, manufacturing output and employment are growing. Manufacturing employment has grown faster than it has in decades, with more than 700,000 new jobs since February 2010; as a whole supporting more than 17 million U.S. jobs.  The manufacturing industry also boasts some of the best paying jobs, with the average worker earning $77,000 per year.

Manufacturing plants are not all dirt and grime as portrayed in movies. Robotics and advanced manufacturing have changed the industry significantly with manufacturing plants looking more like sci-fi movies sets than traditional plants. In celebration of Manufacturing Day check out one of over 1,500 open houses, public tours, career workshops, and other events being hosted nationwide. Firms like Alcoa, Applied Robotics, General Electric, and Bausch and Lomb are opening their doors to the public today so they can see how the industry has changed over the years. 

Phoenix Business Center Hosts Second Annual Global Business Conference

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MBDA
Created on October 3, 2014
 

Global TradeThe Phoenix MBDA Business Center will partner with the Thunderbird School of Global Management Oct. 23-24 to host their second annual Global Business Conference.

“We’re very excited to have the opportunity to continue our partnership with the Thunderbird School of Global Management,” said Alika Kumar, Director of the Phoenix MBDA Business Center.

The event will provide a platform to talk about the National Export Initiative (NEI) and how it can benefit minority business enterprises.

“Our goals for the Conference are simple and purposeful: to increase awareness of the opportunities in global markets, to promote greater participation in global business endeavors, and to provide an understanding of the resources available to help businesses succeed in capturing a portion of the larger world market,” she said.

Did you know...

Between 2002 and 2007, minority-owned firms outpaced the growth of non-minority firms in gross receipts, employment, and number of firms. Minority firms are an engine of job creation.
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