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  • Submitted on 18 July 2014

    Created on July 18, 2014
     

    Last month, MBDA participated in the 82nd Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) in Dallas, Tex. The USCM Annual Meeting is an opportunity for mayors from across the country to discuss the economic health of our cities through important issues including transportation, housing, infrastructure, and education.

  • Submitted on 17 March 2014

    Created on March 17, 2014
     

    On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, MBDA celebrated its 45th anniversary and 45 years of nation building through the minority business community. Since its creation by Executive Order in 1969, MBDA has worked tirelessly and diligently to promote the growth and global competitiveness of a critical segment of the U.S. economy.

    MBDA was honored to see that the efforts and accomplishments of the Agency over the years have not gone unnoticed by Members of Congress. All day on March 5th, Members of Congress took to various forms of media to express their gratitude for and congratulations to MBDA. U.S. Reps. Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18) and Judy Chu (CA-27) issued press releases applauding the work of the Agency in their respective communities. Congresswoman Chu also provided a video statement of support the same day. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus and U.S. Reps. Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Tony Cardenas (CA-29) participated in the commemoration through Twitter by tweeting thanks and best wishes. In addition, other Members spoke highly of the Agency on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives by providing statements that are now permanently recorded in the Congressional Record. Floor speakers include: U.S. Reps. Cedric Richmond (LA-02), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), and Steve Cohen (TN-9).

  • Submitted on 19 February 2014

    Created on February 19, 2014
     

    This post originally appeared on the White House blog.

    Five years ago, on February 17, 2009, less than a month into his first term, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. At the time, the country was experiencing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Private employers had already cut almost 4 million jobs, trillions in dollars in household wealth had been wiped out, and the economy’s total output was in the midst of its sharpest downturn of the postwar era. 

  • Submitted on 06 January 2014

    Created on January 7, 2014
     

    More than a century after its passage, an act of legislation with the potential to transform the federal government’s purchasing practices in Indian Country finally has the force of law.

  • Submitted on 15 August 2013

    Created on August 15, 2013

    State of Connecticut Invests $2M for Minority Business Assistance Program

    On July 24, 2013, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that the State of Connecticut will provide $2 million to support minority contractors through the Hartford Economic Development Corporation (HEDCo).

    The program will be designed to help businesses obtain surety bonds for capital construction. It will also provide a revolving loan fund to help minority contractors cover costs incurred while awaiting payment during the construction phase of projects. HEDCo already administers a similar bonding guaranty program that was created in 2006. Under the program, 110 bonds totaling $12.4 million have been guaranteed.

  • Submitted on 14 June 2013

    Created on June 14, 2013
     

    On Wednesday, May 8, 2013, Houston City Council approved Mayor Annise Parker’s recommended enhancements to the city’s 30-year-old goal-oriented Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) contracting program. This action reinstated women-owned businesses into the program, and increased the participation of Minority and Women-owned business from 22 percent to 34 percent in the citywide construction goal. 

    Under these enhancements, the Office of Business Opportunity of Houston has implemented certain procedures to ensure the program’s effectiveness, including: reviewing the MWSBE Program every five years; expanding the geographic boundaries to include San Jacinto and Austin Counties; revising the Good Faith Efforts Policy requiring contractors to submit their plans for meeting the good faith efforts at the time of bid submission; implementing a three-year MWSBE certification; and standardizing department accountability for monitoring of good faith efforts.

    In 2009, a lawsuit against the MWBE program resulted in the removal and replacement of women-owned businesses with Small Business Enterprises. However, in April 2012, a comprehensive construction industry disparity study indicated a need for a significant increase in citywide MWBE participation to reach construction goal.

  • Submitted on 15 May 2013

    Created on May 15, 2013
     

    On April 10th President Obama sent to Congress a $3.78 trillion budget proposal. This budget boasts a strong investment in advanced manufacturing, innovation, and infrastructure. With every single program in this budget fully paid for, this proposal sustains itself without adding a dime to the deficit.  The FY 2014 President’s Budget, when combined with the deficit reduction already achieved, allows us to exceed the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction, while growing the economy and strengthening the middle class.

  • Submitted on 25 February 2013

    Created on February 25, 2013
     

    On Friday, January 4, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed Executive Directive No. 27 establishing the Office of Contractor Relations for the City of Los Angeles.

    The office, part of the Mayor’s Economic and Business Policy Office, is designed to enact and oversee programs, policies, and procedures to ensure that all businesses, including small, women-owned and minority-owned businesses, have an equal opportunity to participate in city contracts.  It will be tasked with the responsibility to establish and achieve contracting goals as well as strengthen the city’s outreach to minority, veteran, and women-owned firms.

  • Submitted on 29 January 2013

    Created on January 29, 2013
     

    On Thursday, January 3rd, 2013, the 113th Congress was sworn in and began the new legislative session. One of its first acts came on Friday, January 4th, when the House and Senate passed a bill providing $9.7 billion in aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy. Signed by President Obama on January 6, the aid comes in the form of increased borrowing authority for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) so that it remains able to meet its obligations and compensate survivors of the natural disaster.

  • Submitted on 29 November 2012

    Created on November 29, 2012
     

    A week after the 2012 Election Cycle where the House and Senate essentially remained the same, Congress returned to Washington for the final weeks of the 112th Congress.  As talks continued between leaders in Congress on how to address the impending fiscal cliff, Members of the House passed a bill to establish permanent trade relations with the ninth-largest economy in the world, Russia.

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.
Graph for MBE Growth

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