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  • Submitted on 10 July 2013

    Created on July 10, 2013
     

    WebinarJoin the first global webinar on July 24th!

    MBDA has partnered with the International Trade Administration (ITA) to offer a global webinar series. We invite you to take a closer look at exporting, increase your knowledge of various export markets, and learn how to leverage the resources of the federal government.

    The 2013 Global Webinar Series’ topics include:

    • July 24: How to Meet International Buyers - In this webinar you will learn about U.S. government programs to help you identify buyers and generate sales. Learn about customized market research, B2B matchmaking, as well as how to leverage the best trade shows. Download Powerpoint Slides

    • July 31: How to Write an Export Plan - Most small exporters don’t have a written plan.   They should. Get tips on how to write a simple, effective export plan with a step-by-step prioritized to-do list. Download Powerpoint Slides

    • August 7: How to Identify International Markets for your Products - Learn a rigorous yet easy to apply process for selecting and prioritizing international markets. Discover the best sources of market intelligence and how to interpret and apply it to meet your business objectives. Download Powerpoint Slides

    • August 21: How to Finance your Exports and Get Paid - Learn about programs that provide export finance and insurance, as well as popular methods of payment that will lower risk while increasing your competitiveness. Download Powerpoint Slides

    • September 11: How to Ship your Products - Learn about common export documents and how to comply with U.S. and foreign regulations.

  • Submitted on 26 June 2013

    Created on June 26, 2013
     

    Celebrated since 1963, National Small Business Week recognizes the contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. Entrepreneurship is an integral part of our country’s DNA and increasing numbers of minorities are becoming entrepreneurs. However, starting a business can be challenging in that the majority of small- to medium-sized businesses often lack access and visibility to helpful resources.

    Through a national network of nearly 40 business centers and a wide range of domestic and international strategic partners, the Minority Business Development Agency provides minority-owned businesses with technical assistance and access to capital, contract opportunities and new markets to create new jobs and support the economy. Nationwide MBDA Business Centers help provide heightened visibility and access to valuable opportunities for minority-owned firms through partnerships with multi-national corporations, industry coalitions, and government agencies.

    For Kevin Robinson, CEO of RFS Group, LLC, in Indianapolis, IN, hard work and determination helped get his full service janitorial company off the ground. However, taking the business to the next level required some help. Robinson contacted the MBDA Business Center in Indianapolis for direction. The Center provided Robinson with procurement assistance and business counseling. As a result, RFS secured several contracts valued at $16,700, and it was able to hire eight additional employees. Within six months of partnering with the Center, RFS saw its revenues increase by 10 percent.

  • Submitted on 14 June 2013

    Created on June 14, 2013
     

    Recently MBDA announced a grant competition to operate MBDA Business Centers in Baltimore, Houston, New York City, San Francisco, St. Louis and Washington, D.C., as well as one additional city with a large American Indian and Alaska Native population.  The successful applicants will join a network of around 40 MBDA Business Centers across the United States and Puerto Rico.

    The business centers provide strategic consulting services to minority-owned firms that aim to create and retain American jobs through business growth. MBDA Business Centers have had notable success in increasing public and private sector contracts and capital investments obtained by minority-owned firms. Successful applicants to this grant competition are also expected to foster global business expansion by promoting export opportunities.

  • Submitted on 14 June 2013

    Created on June 14, 2013
     

    Nestled on the banks of the Motor City’s Detroit River where approximately one mile of water separates America with Canada, the Detroit MBDA Center uses the city’s international urban flair to expand its clients’ business reach across the globe, including to South Korea and Myanmar (formerly Burma).

    To facilitate exporting opportunities with our free-trade partner South Korea, the Detroit MBDA Business Center is drafting a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Korea Importers Association (KOIMA). According to KOIMA, an organization comprised of 8,000 business members, Korea imported over $600 billion worth of goods and services in 2012 and expects to import close to $1 trillion dollars of goods and services in 2013. In partnership with KOIMA, the Detroit MBDA Business Center will pursue reverse trade missions with Korean companies to showcase U.S. minority-owned firms and promote business partnerships.

    Unlike the well-established market of South Korea, Myanmar is an emerging market.  A country rich in natural resources, it is geographically bordered by five countries including India and China. Acknowledging the recently signed United States and Myanmar bilateral trade and investment framework agreement, the Detroit Center secured meetings with the Ministers of Commerce, Construction, and senior officials of the Myanmar Chamber of Commerce.  These meetings led to a MOU with the Myanmar Minister of Commerce that will be used to inform the MBDA Business Center network of the numerous export opportunities.   

  • Submitted on 05 June 2013

    Created on June 5, 2013
     

    Dee AlexanderLast month, Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank signed the “Tribal Consultation and Coordination Policy," (PDF) which establishes the manner in which the Department works with federally-recognized Indian tribes when developing Department policies that have tribal implications.

    The Consultation Policy follows from President Obama’s Presidential Memorandum on Tribal Consultation from November 2009 which strengthens former President Bill Clinton’s Executive Order on “Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments” (PDF). Upon signing, President Obama stated the importance of the Presidential Memorandum: “History has shown that failure to include the voices of tribal officials in formulating policy affecting their communities has all too often led to undesirable and, at times, devastating and tragic results. By contrast, meaningful dialogue between Federal officials and tribal officials has greatly improved Federal policy toward Indian tribes.

  • Submitted on 15 May 2013

    Created on May 15, 2013
     

    Getting the right information at the right time is a valuable advantage in business.  Being able to accomplish both while saving time and financial resources is priceless.  MBDA is excited to announce an ongoing series of web-based seminars that allow for business owners to explore opportunities, access current information on business trends, and connect with industry experts and peers.

    To date, we’ve introduced business owners to Export-Import Bank to help finance international sales and last month participants were connected with the Office of Management and Budget at the White House to discuss federal procurement.  

    Upcoming webinars will feature the programs and initiatives of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC).

    Want to learn more? Stay connected by checking our Event Calendar!

    Want to join the discussion? Suggest topics and share your feedback by contacting Venice Harris at vharris@mbda.gov.

  • Submitted on 15 May 2013

    Created on May 15, 2013
     

    The Atlanta MBDA Business Center partnered with Georgia Tech’s Jobs and Innovation Accelerator project to create the Health IT Cluster Partnering Program. Launched in August 2012, the purpose of the program is to facilitate firms’ emergence into the Health information technology (IT) space with the end goal of measurable job creation and growth. With more than 40 MBDA client firms connected through an online community, continuous educational and business event programming, and business to business networking, the program has already experienced several successes.

    In February, to build on the program’s momentum, a formal Health IT Teaming Program was launched.  The teaming program is solely focused on developing partnerships for members companies in order to pursue targeted opportunities in the public and private sector. After completing a rigorous application process, eight firms have joined the inaugural Health IT Teaming Program, they include: AdTech Service, Avion Systems, Diligent eSecurity, Global Resource Management, Inc., (GRMI) ICATT Consulting, QualityTech, Sciberusand TecMasters.

  • Submitted on 04 April 2013

    Created on April 4, 2013
     

    The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) held a ribbon cutting ceremony today to announce the creation of a new business center to be housed at the State of New Mexico’s Indian Affairs Department (IAD).  The Center received $1,275,00 from the MBDA for five years to work with New Mexico tribes. The Santa Fe Center, in collaboration with the IAD, will assist the Native American Business Community in New Mexico in three basic areas: (1) client services; (2) program promotion and advocacy; and (3) operational and performance management.

    Ted Pedro, the Center’s Project Director added that, “These components are designed to identify immediate and long-term client needs and expectations, establish projected growth tracks, implement targeted plans of action for increasing size, scale and capacity, provide strategic referrals, increase exposure and visibility of the MBDA Business Center program, and to maintain the quality of center operations while promoting the achievement of our client’s outcomes.” View event photos below.

  • Submitted on 04 April 2013

    Created on April 4, 2013
     

    The following blog post was written by U.S. Commerce Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank and Special Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation Jonathan Greenblatt.

    Ron BrownToday, we honor the anniversary of the passing of former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown. Secretary Brown was a dedicated public servant whose untimely death during a trade mission to Croatia on April 3, 1996 ended his life far too soon. His vision continues to be important and today’s work at the Department of Commerce builds on his legacy. 

    Secretary Brown served his country in Korea as a soldier in the U.S. Army and in the halls of Congress as chief counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee. He also broke down barriers – becoming the first African American chairman of the Democratic National Committee and the first African American to serve as U.S. Secretary of Commerce. In this latter role, he made perhaps his largest impact.

  • Submitted on 28 March 2013

    Created on March 28, 2013


    On March 14, 2013, the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank announced the appointment of 26 members to the 2013 Manufacturing Council (Council). The Council, established in 2004 and directed by the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, helps to ensure that there is regular communication between the U.S. government and the manufacturing sector.

    The Council is comprised of up to 30 members that represent a diverse cross section of the manufacturing industry, including steel, textile, semiconductor, and medical manufacturers. Their products support a wide range of industries such as the auto, apparel, aerospace, and energy efficiency sectors.

    Among the new members of the 2013 Manufacturing Council are MBDA Business Center clients Christie Wong Barrett of Mac Arthur Corporation and Andra Rush of The Rush Group. Headquartered in Michigan, both companies are industry leaders with expertise that spans decades and operations that reach national and international markets.

    Their depth of experience will greatly contribute to the Council’s approach to addressing issues and generating solutions to strengthen U.S. manufacturing and global competitiveness. 

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.
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