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Press Room December 2012
Remarks by MBDA National Director David Hinson at the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. National Conference
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Thank you for the kind introduction.
It’s my pleasure to be here this afternoon on behalf of the Minority Business Development Agency, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. As new national recognition is being given to the growth and success of minority-owned businesses as leaders in job creation, MBDA has stepped up its game and added more efficiencies through the 40 MBDA Business Centers across the country that work with minority businesses of all sizes.
Remarks by MBDA National Director David Hinson Congressional Black Caucus Exporting to Africa for African American Businesses Panel
Tuesday, September 20, 2012
Thank you Congressman Ellison for the kind introduction. MBDA certainly enjoys working with you to the benefit of our MBDA Business Center in Minneapolis and appreciates your leadership on this important issue. For the last 43 years, the Minority Business Development Agency has been the only federal agency specifically tasked to support the growth and global expansion of minority-owned businesses, and serves minority entrepreneurs across the country.
MBDA helps minority-owned firms create jobs, impact local economies and compete successfully in domestic and global marketplaces. In a nutshell, we provide access to capital, access to contracts, and access to market; and that is what I would like to focus on today. We encourage our clients to explore new markets in their communities, regions and even globally.
MBDA Establishes Partnership with Alliance of Healthcare Stakeholders to Expand Opportunities for Minority-Owned Firms
December 21, 2012
Agreement Increases Firms’ Access to Networking and Certification Opportunities
WASHINGTON (December 21, 2012) —The U.S. Commerce Department’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance (HSDA) that establishes guidelines for a working relationship aimed at opening doors to the healthcare industry for minority-owned firms.
The MOU, signed during the National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Conference on December 5-6, 2012, will increase access to healthcare procurement opportunities for minority-owned businesses that currently provide goods and services to treat patients, assemble medical equipment and supplies, and manufacture medicines and new biotechnologies. The partnership will also create a pathway for minority-owned firms that seek to enter the healthcare supply chain.
Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank Delivers Remarks at 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference
On Wednesday morning, Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank addressed the 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference, where she emphasized the Commerce Department’s dedication to encouraging job creation and economic growth throughout Indian Country. The Acting Secretary highlighted the Commerce Department’s recent investment in five business centers to help American Indian and Alaska Native entrepreneurs and businesses. She also discussed the Department’s efforts to support workforce training, to bring more broadband access to rural reservations, and to help address the impact of climate change on tribal coastal communities.