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  • Submitted on 18 May 2015

    Created on May 18, 2015
     

    The MBDA National MED Week Awards Program is designed to celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs, as well as individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing global minority business enterprise.

    » Submit a nomination today!

    » Download Award Brochure

  • Submitted on 06 May 2015

    Created on May 6, 2015
     

     

    MBDA Candace Shiver and Demetria Gallagher with Federal Labs Chair Zielinski

    Candace Shiver, MBDA; Paul Zielinski, Director of the Technology Partnerships Office at NIST and Chair of Federal Laboratory Consortium; and Demetria Gallagher, MBDA (from left to right)

    Last week, Candace Shiver and Demetria Gallagher of the Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) Office of the National Director, participated in the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) in Denver, Colorado.  This meeting brought together hundreds of technology transfer professionals from both the public and private sector, providing in depth training and networking opportunities to initiate the establishment of interagency and industry partnerships
    to advance federal technologies from federal lab to the marketplace.

    MBDA recognizes that the advancement of federal technology transfer programs requires a new comprehensive approach to engage minority business enterprises (MBEs) and students of color in the commercialization of technology and innovation.  There are more than 65,000 minority employers in the technology industry with the potential to bring scientific discoveries to the marketplace by utilizing federal inventions and technologies. In order for the U.S. to remain globally competitive, it must leverage this diversity.

  • Submitted on 05 May 2015

    Created on May 5, 2015
     

    Happy World Trade Month!

    For years, May has been the time to not only recognize the benefits of international trade, but also for organizations around the country to support more American companies competing overseas. Recently, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker released a new report, Jobs Supported by State Exports, which reveals that in 2014, exports of goods and services directly and indirectly supported 11.7 million U.S. jobs.

    Here are some quick facts about U.S. exports of goods from the report:

  • Submitted on 20 April 2015

    Created on April 20, 2015
     

    Hive 2.0 and Cherry BlossomsDuring this past weekend Nate Yohannes, my Senior Advisor, and I did the startup pitching rounds in our nation's capital.

    On Friday night Nate was a judge at Mark Cuban's Recess, the college version of ABC's Shark Tank ("from dorm room to board room"). Recess is a music tour/music festival (like SXSW), entrepreneur speaker series and pitch competition with the winning prize of $10k towards your student loan (thanks to USA Network) and a flight to Hollywood, California to pitch to Cuban and his venture capital fund. Chip Conley, cofounder/ Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy at Airbnb was on hand too and provided advice to startup players in the room.  Cool stuff.

  • Submitted on 14 April 2015

    Created on March 15, 2015
     

    Going Global with Intellectual PropertyAre you planning to expand your business internationally to sell or buy innovative goods and technologies? Are you pondering opening a factory abroad, having your products made overseas, or starting an export or import business? Even if you are not planning on going overseas, knowledge of the international aspects of intellectual property may be critical for your business. 

    The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will co-host a series of free 1-hour webinars starting on April 28 to provide business owners with useful information on the international aspects of intellectual property and conducting commerce at home. Mark your calendars and register for this 3-part series offering keen insight about complex international laws.

    Register today!

  • Submitted on 14 April 2015

    Created on April 14, 2015
     

    Women's History Month Event Planners and Dr. Andrea E. Smith-HunterIn commemoration of the 2015 National Women’s History Month, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) hosted a “Meet the Author” event inside Commerce’s Research Library on April 8.  

    The guest speaker for the event was Dr. Andrea E. Smith-Hunter, a Professor of Management and Sociology at Siena College and author of several books.  Dr. Smith-Hunter spoke to Commerce employees about her research and latest publication  titled “Women Entrepreneurs in the Global Marketplace,” a topic that resonates with this year’s national theme of “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.”

  • Submitted on 06 April 2015

    We wanted to invite you to apply for an incredible opportunity to pitch your business at a Breakfast Casting Call with the casting team from ABC’s Shark Tank on Saturday, April 11th at 8:30am at thehive 2.0 in Washington, DC.

  • Submitted on 27 March 2015

    Created on March 27, 2015
     

    Farad Ali, MBDA Raleigh Operator, Kimberly R. Marcus, Associate Director, and Shelby Scales, President AMACMBDA Associate Director Kimberly Marcus was a presenter at the 2015 Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) Industry Day on March 25th.  The annual event gathers aviation professionals and key stakeholders to discuss the legislative and regulatory agenda of the organization and to hear from industry leaders on and off Capitol Hill.

    As the Office of Legislative, Education and Intergovernmental Affairs continues to engage like-minded local, regional and national stakeholders, MBDA was pleased to be a part of this gathering and share our vision, mission and accomplishments.  Associate Director Marcus emphasized the importance of forging a meaningful relationship and the opportunity to collaborate on issues of shared importance.  Aviation and its related industries is an area where MBDA wants to see MBE growth and expansion – a shared goal of AMAC, the only national non-profit trade association dedicated to promoting the full participation of minority owned, woman-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises in airport contracting and the inclusion of minorities and women in every area of employment. AMAC and its affiliates include airport operators, government officials, corporations and MBEs.

  • Submitted on 17 March 2015

    Created on March 17, 2015
     

    National Director Castillo addressing RES attendeesAlejandra Y. Castillo, National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and agency officials joined representatives from several MBDA Business Centers around the country at the National Reservation Economic Summit (RES) in Las Vegas last week.  This multifaceted event was hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) and featured unparalleled access to respected tribal leaders, members of congress, federal agency representatives, state and local elected officials, and top CEO’s.

    Business met culture at the conference, allowing participants to experience customs and traditions while promoting economic empowerment of American Indian entrepreneurs.  Castillo spoke at two summit events where she highlighted MBDA’s commitment to the tribal communities and the success of minority businesses. MBDA also exhibited at the Buy Native Procurement Matchmaking Expo and engaged tribal leaders and business owners in identifying opportunities as well as discussed best practices in pursuing contracts and capital.

  • Submitted on 17 March 2015

    Created on March 17, 2015
     

    EXIM/MBDA's Minority Exporter of the Year Business Award showcases the fastest-growing Minority-Owned Exporters based on revenue growth and U.S. job creation over the immediate past two years.

    The winner will be publicly recognized at EXIM’s Awards and Recognition Luncheon during the 40th Annual EXIM Conference at the OMNI Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street in Washington, DC on April 23-24, 2015.

    CRITERIA FOR NOMINATIONS / APPLICATIONS:

    OWNERSHIP: At least 51% of the Company must be owned and managed by a minority.

    EXPORT: Must be exporting U.S. made goods or services.

    AFFILIATION: Client of MBDA and EXIM.

    PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Company President/CEO or Representative must attend the Annual EXIM Conference to receive the Award in person.

    SELECTION PROCESS: EXIM will review applications provided by the applicants.

    NOMINATE A BUSINESS

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