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Press Room October 2011
Life in the Big Easy has improved greatly for Marseyas S. Fernandez. His integrated digital solutions company, MSF Global Solutions, survived Hurricane Katrina and is rapidly growing to move beyond a regional focus to a global one.
A native of New Orleans, Fernandez is the founder of the company which specializes in Geospatial Information Services (GIS) and Information Technology development, implementation and management.
Started in 2003, MSF Global was established to provide local governments, universities, businesses, and charities with cost effective GIS and related IT services. Since its inception, the company has used GIS as a key technology in land records management, infrastructure management and economic/community development.
Statement by Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank on Passage of the Trade Agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama
Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank issued the statement below following Congressional passage of trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama. The agreement with Korea is estimated to boost U.S. goods exports to that country by more than $10 billion, supporting 70,000 American jobs, while the Colombia and Panama agreements will immediately eliminate trade barriers for more than 80 percent of merchandise exports to those countries.
Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank delivered the keynote address at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Annual Meeting, where she highlighted the different ways the American Jobs Act would make an immediate impact on job creation: cutting taxes for small businesses, putting more money in the pockets of consumers through an expanded payroll tax cut, and preventing the layoffs of teachers, firefighters and policemen, while putting construction workers to work through much-needed renovations to school, roads, rail and airports renovations.
Blank also discussed the Obama administration’s record supporting business expansion, highlighting the 17 different small business tax cuts implemented by the administration, major reform of the patent system that will bring the ideas of innovators to market faster, and investments in education and infrastructure that will help businesses thrive.
Memorandum of Understanding Among The U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration And The Minority Business Development Agency And Republic of Turkey Ministry of Industry and Trade Small and Medium Enterprises Development Organization
The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding is to establish a partnership between the U.S. and Turkey in order to: exchange information about small medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); provide networking opportunities for SMEs; and promote international trade between the U.S. and Turkish SMEs.
The Memorandum of Understandings with Tremco Incorporated, a company in the construction industry, establishes a partnership that will increase the number of qualified minority-owned businesses that will have direct access to a corporate training and mentoring program.
Specific benefits include:
Classroom and on the job training in order for minority-owned businesses to become certified Tremco contractors.
Access to a program where businesses can explore and pursue opportunities as trained contractors within the federal, state, local, tribal, and commercial markets