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March 2014

Celebrating 45 Years

Video Message from Acting National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo

MBDA Celebrates 45th Anniversary

Celebrating 45 Years Video Message from Acting National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo

Legislative Corner

Congressional Recognition of MBDA's 45th Anniversary

On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, MBDA celebrated its 45th anniversary and 45 years of nation building through the minority business community. Since its creation by Executive Order in 1969, MBDA has worked tirelessly and diligently to promote the growth and global competitiveness of a critical segment of the U.S. economy.

MBDA was honored to see that the efforts and accomplishments of the Agency over the years have not gone unnoticed by Members of Congress.

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker

Look South for your Next Customer!

Are you a minority business enterprise? Look south for your next customer! Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the Look South initiative in January. The initiative is a U.S. Commerce Department-led, federal effort to encourage entrepreneurs like you to do business with our Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partners in Latin America. The 11 FTA economies are Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru.

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Houston Open House

MBDA Business Center Spotlight: Houston Grand Opening

The Houston MBDA Business Center held their grand opening ceremony March 5.

The kick-off event started with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the center, followed by a roundtable discussion with local business leaders. Candace C. Shiver, Esq., MBDA’s Special Advisor to the Office of the National Director and Roger Harris, Houston MBDA's Program Director, spoke with participants about local challenges minority businesses face and opportunities for enhancement and growth.

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MED Week 2014 Awards Program

The National Minority Enterprise Development Week Awards Nominations

There's still time to submit a nomination for the 2014 National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Awards competition. 

Don’t miss this chance to recognize the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs, as well as individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing minority business enterprise.

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