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Major Infrastructure Projects in Mexico: Exporting Opportunities for U.S. Firms

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Gabriela Morales-Richards, MBDA Business Development Specialist
Created on November 10, 2014
 

Concept of the New Mexico City Airport and Terminal BuildingRecently the Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) National Deputy Director, Albert K. Shen, met with Carlos Marron, Senior Investment and Trade Commissioner of ProMexico, to discuss ways to collaborate on upcoming infrastructure projects throughout Mexico.

Over the next four years, the Mexican Government plans to invest more than $600 billion to modernize transport, telecommunications, water, energy, and environment sectors. These infrastructure projects present minority-owned businesses with a unique opportunity to leverage cultural and familial ties, and language capabilities as strong competitive advantages in Latin America markets.

Apply Now for the 2015 EX-IM Bank Advisory Committee

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MBDA
Created on November 10, 2014
 

Export-Import Bank of the United StatesNominations are now being  accepted for Ex-Im Bank’s 2015 Advisory Committee. The  Congressionally-established Advisory Committee holds quarterly meetings in  which its primary task is to advise the Bank concerning its policy and  programs, in particular on the extent to which the Bank is meeting its mandate  to provide competitive financing to expand United States exports, and any  suggestions for improvement in this regard. It is anticipated that the first  meeting of the Advisory Committee will be held in December 2014.

The nomination period has been extended to Friday,  November 14, 2014, at 5:00pm ET.

Any validators of potential  nominees may submit a letter stating reasons why a particular candidate should  be considered for the Advisory Committee. Self-nominations are  permitted. All nomination forms must be completed and signed by all  candidates.

The Advisory Committee  consists of 17 members who will be appointed by the Board of Directors on the  recommendation of the President of the Bank.

Please email all completed  nomination forms and additional information, including any supporter letters,  no later than 5:00pm ET on Friday, November 14, 2014 to Niki Shepperd (niki.shepperd@exim.gov).

Five Steps for Protecting Your Invention

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MBDA
Created on November 10, 2014
 

Inventors AssistanceEvery day, all across America, good ideas are converted into tangible inventions and products that solve problems large and small and lift our quality of life. Do you have a good idea yourself? Maybe you’ve even developed it into a proof of concept or prototype. The next step you should consider is how you can protect what you’ve created.

Patents are issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). They give their owners the right to exclude others from making, selling, offering for sale, or importing an invention protected by the patent. While getting a patent is a complex undertaking, here are five steps and resources to get you started on the road to protecting your invention.

SIGN UP: Conference Call on Health Insurance Open Enrollment

Blogged By: 
MBDA
Created on November 10, 2014
 

A new online marketplace will go live on November 15, making it easier for businesses with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees to offer health insurance. That same day, open enrollment will begin again for individuals seeking coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Join us for a conversation about the federal Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) online marketplace and the second open enrollment period of the ACA. Rhett Buttle and Dean Mohs from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will discuss health insurance for small businesses and take your questions and suggestions on the ACA.

SHOP Early Access Available to Small Businesses in Five States

Blogged By: 
Rhett Buttle, Director, Private Sector Engagement
Created on November 7, 2014
 

The Federally-Facilitated Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace Early Access launched on October 27th in Delaware, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey and Ohio. The SHOP Marketplace helps small businesses provide health coverage to their employees and is open to employers with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees. “SHOP Early Access” will allow small businesses, agents, and brokers to try out new online pre-enrollment SHOP features, and help set the stage for the full online debut on November 15.

Small businesses, health insurance agents and brokers and trained assisters are getting an early chance to use the pre-enrollment features between now and when online enrollment in SHOP coverage begins nationwide. The users of Early Access are helping us to test the new online features, which will give the SHOP Marketplace important information about the user experience to begin the continuous quality improvement process before the site goes live in mid-November.

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