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  • Submitted on 15 May 2013

    Created on May 15, 2013
     

    David Hinson, National Director

    At the end of last month, the Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank announced the 20 companies that joined the infrastructure business development trade mission to Brazil, Colombia, and Panama.  The purpose of the trip is to promote U.S. exports by helping U.S. companies in infrastructure sectors to make the connections they need to expand their business opportunities in the three countries.  I am pleased to acknowledge that two of those companies – Integra Design Group, and the DeValle Group, are based in Puerto Rico and clients of the Puerto Rico MBDA Business Center.

    Integra Design Group, an architecture and engineering firm, will be represented by Co-founder and Vice President Richard Cuebas Ramirez.  Integra Design Group Architects & Engineers was established in 2000 and ranks as Puerto Rico’s fourth largest architectural services firm according to Caribbean Book of ListsTM.   Integra Group is a conglomerate whose companies also provide construction management & management solutions.  Integra Group has numerous projects in Puerto Rico, Aruba and the Dominican Republic to its credit design. 

  • Submitted on 28 March 2013

    Created on March 28, 2013

    David Hinson, National Director

    Two critical segments of our nation’s economy were brought to center stage this month, the Native American and Alaska Native and women-owned business communities. I had the privilege of speaking at the 27th Annual National Reservation Economic Summit (RES) hosted by The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. Each year, The National Center brings tribal leaders together with numerous industry leaders, CEOs, as well as state and local elected officials, for discussions on how to strengthen the Native American and Alaska Native business community.

    On the first day of the conference, I moderated the Tribal Business Leaders Forum, which brought together executives of Tribal Enterprises, Alaska Native Corporations and members of the United States Congress. The Forum provided business leaders with the opportunity to communicate their accomplishments and obstacles related to  economic development. It also provided a platform to inspire the business enterprises to collaborate and work with each other to build tribal economic alliances and broaden the scope of domestic and global economic opportunity for Indian Country.

  • Submitted on 25 February 2013

    Created on February 25, 2013

    David Hinson, National Director

    On February 12, President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress. Last year when addressing the same body, the President laid out a blueprint of an economy built to last. One built on the idea that if we all play by the same rules and everyone is given a fair chance, America can succeed.

    In the year since that speech, the United States has seen tremendous growth. The economy added 1.8 million new jobs.  Exports reached record levels in 2012 of $2.2 trillion and the deficit shrank by $200 billion.

    This year, the President outlined a path forward, continuing the progress made in 2012. He proposed fair and sensible tax reform that benefits small businesses and investments in manufacturing hubs across the country to foster continued growth in that sector. As he noted, the manufacturing sector has added about 500,000 new jobs during the past three years. Reinforcing the idea that "Made in America" is still the best brand around the world, companies like Caterpillar and Apple are bringing jobs back to America.

  • Submitted on 29 January 2013

    Created on January 29, 2013

    David Hinson, National Director

    Thinking bigger, thinking broader, and working smarter is commonplace for business owners. The same holds true for MBDA in promoting the growth and global competitiveness of America’s fastest growing companies, the minority business community. As we look ahead, we are encouraged that the Build it Here, Sell it Everywhere vision of the U.S. Department of Commerce continues to resonate and gain momentum throughout the business community.

    The value of tapping into international markets cannot be overstated. Boosting exports is critical to stimulating our country’s economic growth and job creation. This is an area in which minority-owned businesses play a leadership role. Shared languages, cultural affinities, and a global reach that spans 41 countries on six continents make minority-owned firms natural exporters. MBDA is uniquely positioned to engage the Diaspora communities across the country and help leverage their cultural and ancestral ties to key foreign markets and create greater access for U.S. products and services.

  • Submitted on 21 December 2012

    Created on December 21, 2012
     

    David Hinson, National Director

    As we approach the winter holidays, we pause to thank you for your continued partnership. It is business associates like you that bring a rich mosaic of experiences, attitudes and views that continue to advance MBDA’s mission to create jobs and foster the growth and global competitiveness of minority-owned firms.

    It’s been an extremely productive year at MBDA and we are excited to share some of our many achievements from this past year.  We’ve completed a major organizational restructuring that enabled us to increase funding to MBDA Business Centers.  We also launched several “specialty” MBDA Business Centers including: the Atlanta MBDA Business Center, which is now staffed to provide expert guidance for minority-owned businesses in the healthcare technology and advanced manufacturing industry sectors; the San Antonio MBDA Business Center that has expanded their services to include expertise in exporting to Latin America; and the MBDA Federal Procurement Center, the first MBDA Business Center to solely focus on federal contracting.;

  • Submitted on 29 November 2012

    Created on November 29, 2012
     

    David Hinson, National Director

    As we reflect on the Thanksgiving Holiday, there is much to be grateful for – today and every day. In celebrating the simple joys of life, we also recognize the hard work and unique opportunities on the horizon. Minority-owned firms represent a community that is composed of 5.8 million businesses that contribute over $1 trillion to the U.S. economy, and directly and indirectly creates 16 million jobs. MBDA is honored to partner with you in ushering in a new era where we will focus on supporting your ability to access global markets with your products and services. Our future lies in the global markets and we are going to help you get there!

  • Submitted on 03 October 2012

    Created on October 3, 2012
     

    David Hinson, National Director

    I attended the 42nd Annual Meeting of the National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC) and came away with extraordinary news and a more optimistic outlook on the growth and expansion of the minority business community.  Today, NAIC released a quantitatively focused report that underscores the strong performance of minority and women-owned private equity firms.  These firms create new jobs and expand the U.S. economy by providing much needed capital to the nation’s minority- and women-owned businesses. 

    The report, referred to by its short name, Recognizing the Results, is formally titled The Financial Returns of NAIC Firms: Minority and Diverse Private Equity Managers and Funds Focused on the U.S. Emerging Domestic Markets.  Compiled by the highly respected accounting firm KPMG, Recognizing the Results demonstrates that NAIC members—27 minority and diverse private equity firms focused on the U.S. emerging domestic markets – have outperformed the overall private equity industry for the past 13 years.  These results capture a representative sample of the larger sector of diverse and minority private equity firms. 

  • Submitted on 20 September 2012

    Created on September 20, 2012
     

    David Hinson, National Director

    Over the past two decades, the world has been shifting into an innovation economy. Fortunately, as President Obama has said, “Nobody does innovation better than America.” It’s not just our first-rate colleges and universities, though they certainly are a big part of it. It’s the American workforce. According to the President,“Nobody has a greater diversity of talent and ingenuity. No one’s workers or entrepreneurs are more driven or more daring.”

    Talent, ingenuity, tenacity and a willingness to take risks. These are the same strengths I see as I travel around the country meeting with minority business owners; strengths that match up with the demands of today’s global economy.

    Why is innovation so important?  We know it’s the key driver of competitiveness, wage and job growth, and long- term economic growth. We also know that it was Federal government investments in research, education, and infrastructure that made our economy competitive in the past. It was government’s support that paved the way for private sector growth and laid the foundation for American global leadership.

  • Submitted on 22 August 2012

    David Hinson, National Director

    I am sitting with Luciana Mello, an Afro-Brazilian entrepreneur whose consulting company, Prama Consulting, assists small and medium-sized businesses export from Brazil. One of her main lines of business is language translation services. As businesses continue to move to a global economy, there is a growing need for translation services.

    Most of Mello’s clients are Afro-Brazilian companies that export primarily within Latin America. When asked about exporting to the U.S., Luciana said “Most of my clients don't consider exporting to the United States because they feel that the market is too difficult to enter and too large, but if they could find a U.S. partner, they would be interested.”

  • Submitted on 01 August 2012

    Kimberly MarcusMrs. Kimberly Marcus has joined the senior leadership team of MBDA as Associate Director for Legislative, Education and Intergovernmental Affairs. In this role, Mrs. Marcus will serve as the principal advisor on legislative and intergovernmental issues. She will also oversee the Agency’s relationships with federal, state and local elected officials and its advocacy and outreach strategies.

    “Kimberly Marcus is well-suited for this position in light of her experience in corporate and community relations with a special emphasis on economic development and diversity. Her first-hand knowledge of the trials, tribulations and successes of being a business owner will also add to her effectiveness,” stated Hinson. “I am delighted Kimberly is going to share her talents with MBDA and look forward to her contributions.”

    Prior to this appointment, Mrs. Marcus was National African American Outreach Director for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) where she worked diligently within the African American community to emphasize the importance of the African American vote. Marcus has also worked for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, serving as Executive Director of its Public Policy Institute’s Government Relations office; and for the NAACP as Director of Economic Development. Even when Mrs. Marcus worked in the private sector at Strategic Research Institute and Bank of America, she was a champion for minorities and employees.

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