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First-Ever National MBE Manufacturers Summit at Georgia Tech

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Created on September 2, 2015

National MBE Manufacturers Summit - March 24, 2016A national manufacturing industry-specific event exclusively for minority business enterprise (MBE) manufacturers, supply chain decision makers, and stakeholders with a focus on innovation, technology, and business-to-business matchmaking has never existed until now!

Join the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center Network; Alejandra Y. Castillo, National Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce, MBDA; Dr. G.P. Peterson, President of the Georgia Institute of Technology, and more for a one-of-a-kind summit that will offer:

Prepare your Business for any Kind of Disaster

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Created on September 2, 2015

A free national preparedness month webinar series!

Get Your Business Ready for Any Kind of Disaster at Free National Preparedness Month Webinar Series

Is your organization prepared to communicate quickly and effectively with each other when a crisis hits? Did you know that nearly 70 percent of all U.S. businesses will lose power at one point in the next 12 months? Do you have a plan in place to keep your operations running? How will you rebuild your business if your employees are unable to report to work after a major disaster?

Having a business continuity plan is essential to establishing a successful and resilient small business. The cost of creating a disaster preparedness plan is small compared to the financial losses that may occur if there’s no plan in place.

Getting Involved - Manufacturing Day 2015

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Created on August 24, 2015

MFG DayMark your calendars for October 2, 2015, and get ready to celebrate all things manufacturing!

Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) is an incredible opportunity to showcase the amazing work manufacturers do on a daily basis and to educate students, community members, media, and policymakers on how integral manufacturing is to the local, national and global economy.

As a manufacturer it’s your opportunity to:

  • Tell your company’s story

  • Dispel outdated myths about manufacturing

  • Inspire a new generation of manufacturers

  • Connect with potential customers in your community

  • Learn about manufacturing extension partnerships that can improve your efficiencies and work force skills and boost your profits

  • Visit other manufacturers to initiate business relationships and learn what is being made in your community.

MBDA - An Integral Link to the Success of Minority-Owned Firms: An Intern’s Perspective

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Sara G. Arellano, 2015 MBDA Summer Intern
Created on August 18, 2015

Photo of Sara G. ArellanoMy name is Sara G. Arellano. This summer, I joined many other students as a Department of Commerce intern. However, that may be where the similarities end, as I am considered a non-traditional student. After raising a family and working in the private sector, I decided to pursue a bachelor degree in Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. As a non-traditional, female student of Mexican descent my journey thus far has been at times – challenging. Nonetheless, I have overcome stereotypical assumptions based on my gender and ethnicity with determination and support from mentors who believed in my ability to succeed.

Similarly, minority-owned firms encounter challenges and obstacles as they grow their businesses.  Over 45 years ago, President Nixon recognized these barriers and established the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to promote the growth and expansion of minority-owned business.  Today, MBDA continues to link minority-owned firms with the access to capital, contracts, and markets they need to expand.

Inclusive Innovation Spotlight: Maxine Paul, CEO/CTO and Co-Founder of Pitch Love

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Created on August 17, 2015


Maxine Paul, CEO/CTO and Co-Founder of Pitch Love, an adaptive learning management system that teaches people through feedback and data, believes that innovation is essential to creating solutions that have a large impact on many different people. In order to continue progressing, we need to expose the future generation of entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds to innovation earlier and more often.

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