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September 2013
Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Awards
MBDA National Director David Hinson

Exporting to Sub-Saharan Africa is a win-win!

Last month the United States Government partnered with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to host the 2013 U.S.—Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum in one of East Africa’s largest and most vibrant cities, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Senior U.S. Government officials and business leaders, along with their counterparts from African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)-eligible nations, discussed a range of trade and investment-related issues that are likely to have a significant impact on the future of Sub-Saharan Africa.

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“Kingonomics” Conference Empowers Minority Entrepreneurs

Over 100 experts in innovation, entrepreneurship, and investment sought to educate and empower those who attended the Kingonomics Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, on August 23. The conference, which was held in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, included panel discussions, economic “boot camps,” and even an official casting call for ABC’s Shark Tank.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic-owned firms contribute greatly to U.S. exports, which are a critical component of our Nation’s economic growth. The percentage of Hispanic American-owned firms that export (7.2 percent) is more than double that of all U.S. firms. Hispanic American-owned firms export an average of $2.3 million in annual receipts, compared to their non-exporting counterparts, who average $124,000.

As we observe Hispanic Heritage month, which runs from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, it is important to recognize the many contributions Hispanic-owned businesses have made to the U.S. economy.

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MBDA Business Center Spotlight: San Jose

Thanks to innovative technologies and manufacturing methods, coupled with the need to reduced usage and costs, cities today have a variety of street and byway lighting options.  The city of Oakland, California is switching to light emitting diode lighting (LED), and chose Amland Corporation of San Jose to replace 30,000 high pressure sodium street lights with what promises to be energy efficient and long-lived LEDs. This project will illuminate 800 miles of city streets — the equivalent of 450 square miles.

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Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to Lead Business Development Mission to Mexico

This business development mission will promote U.S. exports to Mexico by helping export-ready U.S. companies launch or increase their business in a number of key industry sectors.

Mexico is the United States’ second-largest export market and third-largest trading partner. Twenty-two states in America depend on Mexico as the first or second destination for exports, and more than $1.25 billion in goods and services are traded between the U.S. and Mexico every day, supporting millions of jobs in both countries.

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