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  • Submitted on 17 June 2016

    We are thrilled to announce our upcoming participation at the 2016 ESSENCE festival in New Orleans! This year is especially exciting for us as we will be participating in Essence’s newest expo, Money + Power’s – Entrepreneurship Village!

    This unique experience evokes the true spirit of the entrepreneurial hustle – empowerment through unity, and innovation through knowledge!

    For more information and for free registration, download the 2016 Essence Festival App – now available for iPhone and Android or visit Essence Money + Power to register free online today.

  • Submitted on 15 June 2016

  • Submitted on 15 June 2016

    Leap Run GrowThe U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency is the only federal agency solely dedicated to the growth, expansion, and sustainability of the Nation's 8 million minority-owned firms.

    This year we are proud to partner with Essence and lead a first-of-its-kind collaboration to present the Leap.Run.Grow. workshops in the Money + Power Expo's Entrepreneurship Village.

    We invite you to network with our business consultants and learn how to start, build, and grow your business!


  • Submitted on 10 May 2016

    National AAPI Business Summit

    National AAPI Business Summit

    in celebration of

    Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

    The forum will address issues facing AAPI businesses across the nation in the area of access to contracts, capital, and global markets.

  • Submitted on 09 May 2016

    National AAPI Business SummitNational AAPI Business Summit

    in celebration of

    Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

    The forum will address issues facing AAPI businesses across the nation in the area of access to contracts, capital, and global markets.

  • Submitted on 05 April 2016

    Group Photo - Roundtable DiscussionOn Friday, April 1st, MBDA National Deputy Director Albert Shen and U.S. Congressman Mike Honda (California’s 17th Congressional District) co-hosted a minority business roundtable at the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce in San Jose, CA.  The roundtable discussion drew many of Silicon Valley’s leading minority business owners and provided a forum for MBDA and the Congressman to highlight what the federal government has been doing to help minority-owned businesses advance in Silicon Valley’s competitive economy.

  • Submitted on 29 June 2015

    On June 25, Ron Uba, National Business Development Specialist represented the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) at the Access to Success: Multicultural Business Conference at George Mason University in Arlington, VA. Hosted by U.S. Senator Mark Warner from the state of Virginia, this event provided a platform to foster and promote partnerships between government buyers, prime contractors, and small- women-, veteran-, and minority-owned businesses.

    This half-day event featured representatives from both the public and private sectors, giving attendees a wide array of networking opportunities. Attendees learned about programs and resources to help grow and expand their businesses. Through a series of procurement sessions, the conference connected attendees with decision-makers and procurement officials from local, state, and federal government agencies, and their prime contractors.

  • Submitted on 16 June 2015

    25 Emerging minority entrepreneurs from the Gulf Coast region will gather in New Orleans to participate in a unique training opportunity to learn about the keys to business growth and success!

    July 3-4, 2015

    New Orleans Pitch CityThe Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) will host a 2-day intensive training course to offer high-growth potential minority entrepreneurs the chance to learn about business best practices from today’s best business minds! This event will take place July 3-4, 2015 at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola®in New Orleans, LA. Twenty-five companies from across the Gulf Coast region will apply innovative tools to their business models by hearing first hand from experts about valuable lessons in the areas of business expansion, competitive branding and how to pitch their business ideas to potential investors with the hopes of securing funding for future business operations.

  • Submitted on 04 August 2014

    The National Minority Enterprise Development Week Conference is the nation's premier event for minority businesses and the public and private sectors. The 2014 National MED Week Conference offered a venue for minority-owned firms to access information, tools, and resources to grow their businesses both domestically and internationally. 

    Visit to learn more about our annual conference.

  • Submitted on 26 November 2013

    Saturday, November 30, 2013 is Small Business Saturday® – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.  Please join MBDA and organizations across the country in supporting your local small business by shopping at a small business.

    This Saturday support, the local small businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. First there was Black Friday, and then Cyber Monday, and now Small Business Saturday® to help drive shoppers to America's job creators. Small businesses have generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years and employ over half of all private sector employees.

    Started in 2010, Small Business Saturday has boosted holiday sales for Main Street businesses around the country.  Last year, nearly 70 million people shopped small in their communities for an estimated $5.5 billion in sales to independently-owned small businesses. This year, we can do even more.

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