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April 2011

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From the National Director Save the Date: MED Week 2011

David Hinson

In recognition of Earth Day on April 22nd, I wanted to talk to you about conservation and our efforts to create environmental jobs and promote green technology.

Conservation means making sure the limited resources we use to power our homes and car and produce materials are used more responsibly. It means maximizing efficiencies and doing more with less—areas in which minority-owned businesses excel. Thankfully, while we may have a finite amount of coal or oil, our entrepreneurial capacity is infinite. Our transition toward a more sustainable system provides countless opportunities for innovation in green industries. 

Green is also the color of money, and what’s good for the environment is good for the economy. Working towards environmental sustainability creates news jobs, new markets, and new industries. Minority-owned businesses can find excellent opportunities retrofitting houses and offices to be more energy efficient, constructing wind turbines, providing green recycling and disposal services, and more.

Additionally, as environmental consciousness continues to grow, the market for green products grows with it. The market for products made of more recycled materials with less waste are booming. Rather than adding cost, producing sustainable goods adds value and protects the environment.

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The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is pleased to announce that the 2011 National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Conference will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., September 27th – 30th, 2011.

This year’s conference, titled Emerging Industries and Markets: A Blueprint for Success, will highlight promising growth in today’s top industries, explore emerging opportunities in both domestic and international markets, and discuss innovations that will become the cornerstones of tomorrow’s economy.

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Upcoming Events

May 10-12: 3rd Annual Global Merger & Acquisition Symposium (M&A Symposium)

May 22-25: 2011 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo

May 23-25: America's Small Business Summit 2011

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Interested in Operating MBDA Business Centers?

On April 7, 2011 MBDA conducted a pre-application conference. Access both the audio and video net replay of the pre-application conference webinar. The replay will be available through May 5th, 2011.

Download Pre Application Conference Presentation

The U.S. Commerce Department’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) opened a grant competition for three U.S. regions: the Upper Midwest, the Northeast and Southern California.  The primary objective of MBDA Business Centers is to provide strategic business consulting services to minority firms that will result in increased public and private sector contracting opportunities and capital investments, ultimately leading to the creation of new U.S. jobs. 

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MBDA Helping Coastal Environmental Navigate Economic Downturns

Coastal Environmental GroupCoastal Environmental Group Improving Lives and Communities

In the aftermath of America’s darkest hours, Coastal Environmental Group has been called on to assist in some of the world’s toughest and most sensitive remediation and hazardous material removal.

From Ground Zero, Post Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the EPA Superfund site in Omaha, Coastal Environmental has had to deliver its best under some of the most challenging conditions.

The father and son owners have developed a remarkable working relationship, with Richard C. Silva Sr. taking the helm as CEO in charge of the overall organization, while his namesake serves as President and manages the day-to-day operations.

“I find it both rewarding and satisfying to lead the individuals of our organization as we improve the quality of our lives and the communities that we are a part of,” said Richard C. Silva Jr. “Spearheading dangerous environmental cleanups, building new and improved public infrastructure, restoring national historic treasures while employing a diverse local workforce are all aspects of my position that truly denote who we are.”

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