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Explore Africa Business Opportunities from your Desk!

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Created on January 26, 2015

U.S. Commercial Services - Trade Winds - Africa

Accessing Africa What U.S. Firms Need to Know for Success

The Doing Business in Sub-Saharan Africa Webinar Series offers convenient access to the most current business outlook and opportunities in 8 dynamic markets.  

Six webinars, offered from February to April, focus on delivering a market overview and best practices for business success. Hear from experts include U.S. overseas senior diplomats and experienced U.S. exporters.

Working in a Winter Wonderland: 4 Things to Know in the Snow

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Jesse Lawder, DOL Office of Public Affairs
Created on January 26, 2015

Winter Weather AheadThe bite of winter is fast approaching, with some areas already covered in frosty white. While many workers will be earning a living indoors, plenty of people in the United States will be working outside in the coming months, often in bitter cold. Employers should be aware of the dangers, and plan accordingly.

Here are four things every employer should know in the winter:

1. What do I need to know about shoveling snow?

Shoveling snow can be a strenuous activity, particularly because cold weather can be taxing on the body, and can create the potential for exhaustion, dehydration, back injuries, or heart attacks.

  • Take frequent breaks,

  • Drink plenty of fluids (while avoiding ones with caffeine or alcohol),

  • Warm-up before starting,

  • Scoop small amounts of snow at a time,

  • Push the snow instead of lifting where possible, and

  • Use proper form if lifting is necessary: keep the back straight and lift with the legs.

San Antonio MBDA Business Center’s Export Strategies Support Foreign Direct Investment

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Created on January 23, 2015

Look SouthThe San Antonio MBDA Business Center’s specialty is helping minority businesses (MBEs) find exporting opportunities in Latin America. Aligning with White House initiatives such as Look South, the center has assisted numerous MBEs develop international market entry strategies that vary by sector, size, capabilities, targeted countries and regions.

The MBDA Business Center’s San Antonio Global Pathways Initiative has proven to be a conduit of global opportunities for domestic MBE clients. As a result of this success, some clients have engaged in partnerships with foreign enterprises.

“One of the tasks associated with the services we offer MBE’s preparing to export is to assist them with business to business relationships,” said Orestes Hubbard, Director of the San Antonio MBDA Business Center. “This service creates a two way opportunity for our client that sometimes serves as a platform to bring foreign direct investment into the U.S.”

One Year Later, Look South Looking Brighter

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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

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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. 

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