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  • Submitted on 15 March 2017

    AwardsMarketing is everything these days, and if your business is successful enough to hire a marketing firm, that’s great. But it takes years of hard work for most companies to get to that point. So what do you do in the interim? How do you get exposure to propel your firm to the next level?

    Start by nominating yourself business awards. Here’s what you have to gain:

    1. Sales: Selling your products and services in today's competitive marketplace is tough. A business award or nomination can serve as a 3rd party endorsement. The added credibility can be used to close deals.

  • Submitted on 03 November 2016

    MBDA National Director CastilloWith the U.S. population poised to shift to ‘majority minority’ status during the next few decades, the topic of inclusive innovation in global high-growth industries took center stage at an MBDA event in Chicago on October 27.

    Dubbed “Inclusive Innovation in Action,” the informative event was located at an award-winning Chicago technology incubator, BLUE1647, and drew a mix of entrepreneurs, investors, and community residents. Coinciding with the annual conference of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), and with Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week), October 23-27, the afternoon panel focused on information-sharing about MBDA services for entrepreneurs, and engaging examples of successful minority-owned tech enterprises.

  • Submitted on 28 March 2016

    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.

    Start your nomination today!

    Start your nomination today!

    Deadline for Receipt of All Nominations: May 6, 2016

  • Submitted on 04 November 2015

    Created on November 4, 2015
     

    Federal Gateway - MBDA BoothDuring my time in the booth at the 2015 Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week celebration, a colleague excitedly announced that a minority business owner was interested in signing an engagement contract with one of our Business Centers. I quickly arranged the table so that Kareem Cook, COO and Chief Marketing Officer for Naturade and the Miami Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center Consultant, Jorge Iglesias could meet because I saw the enthusiasm on both of their faces. I joined the meeting to learn more about the opportunity that the client was bringing to our MBDA Business Center and how we could be of service.

  • Submitted on 04 November 2015

    Created on November 4, 2015
     

    Weeminuche Construction Authority (WCA) as Minority Construction Firm of the Year

    This year's National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week awards ceremony recognized Weeminuche Construction Authority (WCA) as Minority Construction Firm of the Year.  The company was formed in 1985 by the Tribal Council of the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe, to create a Tribal-owned business enterprise that would offer employment and increase income for the Tribe. WCA is wholly owned by the Tribe and has functioned as a successful construction company under the same name since its inception.

  • Submitted on 30 October 2015

    Created on October 30, 2015
     

    Tyrone C. Taylor from Capitol Advisors on Technology, LLC, Gary Jones - Federal Lab Consortium (FLC), DC Representative,     Marlene M. Owens - Deputy (Acting) for Research and Development Partnerships, Science and Technology Directorate for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and     Brian Suh - Director of Technology Transfer at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) and Regional Director of the Federal Laboratory Consortium, Albert K. Shen, MBDA National Deputy DirectorThe 2015 Minority Enterprise Development Week celebration was held in conjunction with the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC) Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange in San Diego, CA. In this new and innovative collaboration, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) offered several Powered by MBDA sessions that provided the latest information and trends on technology innovation, federal procurement, and international trade. As part of the Powered by MBDA sessions, day four of the NMSDC Conference featured a robust lab-to-market panel discussion moderated by Tyrone C. Taylor from Capitol Advisors on Technology, LLC. The panel included:

    • Gary Jones - Federal Lab Consortium (FLC), DC Representative,
    • Marlene M. Owens - Deputy (Acting) for Research and Development Partnerships, Science and Technology Directorate for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and
    • Brian Suh - Director of Technology Transfer at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) and Regional Director of the Federal Laboratory Consortium
  • Submitted on 30 October 2015

    Created on October 30, 2015
     

    How one MBE used government data to launch and grow a successful company.

    Dr. James Stalker, president & CEO of RESPRSince his first full day in office, President Obama has prioritized making government more open and accountable, and has taken substantial steps to increase citizen participation, collaboration, and transparency. As a result, the “open government” initiative has required Federal Government agencies to release more information to the public and to make it easily accessible on digital platforms. That information, available on agency websites and from a dedicated website where you can access data from all agencies, can be a gold mine for entrepreneurs and business owners. Data.gov, the central site for U.S. Government data, is the perfect place to start. You can search for specific information or browse by topic. Kayak, LinkedIn, Realtor.com, Zillow, and Carfax are just a few well-known companies that rely upon the open government initiative and free access to data to provide services we know and use every day.

  • Submitted on 23 October 2015

    Created on October 23, 2015
     

    At this year's Minority Enterprise Development Week celebration in San Diego, CA I had an opportunity to speak with two MED Week award recipients who were recognized for their success in the professional services industry. Ideal System Solutions Inc., was awarded as Minority Business Enterprise of the Year, and Acro Service Corporation, was awarded as Minority Professional Services Firm of the Year. Each firm represents best–in-class for service delivery and is recognized for making significant contributions through the creation of jobs, their products and services, and support of their local communities. The awards were presented by MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo and National Deputy Director Albert Shen.

  • Submitted on 18 October 2015

    Created on October 18, 2015
     

    2015 MED WeeK

    In less than 12 hours, over 7,000 entrepreneurs, businesses, and non-profit entities will begin arriving in San Diego, CA for one of the year’s biggest networking events for minority business enterprises (MBEs). The Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week was created by a presidential proclamation signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983 and honors some of the country’s most innovative and emergent minority businesses around the country. This year the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is excited to announce our partnership with the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council, Inc. (NMSDC) to have MED Week in conjunction with the 2015 NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange. This conference will allow MBEs to have access to both corporate executives and federal government procurement officials and endless opportunities.

    A conference of this size and magnitude can open doors and catapult an organization’s growth and scale by leaps and bounds, however it can also be overwhelming to new entrepreneurs and those unfamiliar of the intricacies of taking full advantage of this type of opportunity. To ensure that an entrepreneur is  fully aware of the benefits of MED week we have comprised the following tips:

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