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Press Room February 2013

Entrepreneur Training Initiative Sparks Small Business Growth, Job Creation

SBA Launches 2013 Emerging Leaders Initiative

The U.S. Small Business Administration launched its 2013 Emerging Leaders executive-level training initiative, formerly known as e200, in 27 cities and communities across the country. Since 2008 the initiative has trained more than 1,300 promising small business owners in underserved communities, and continues to expand its impact helping small businesses grow and create jobs.  The city of Los Angeles is joining the initiative for the first time and Oklahoma City, Portland and Seattle are returning.

Webinar Series Promoting Entrepreneurship Education and Small Business Growth

Recognizes 7th Annual National Entrepreneurship Week February 16-23, 2013

The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a series of webinars in recognition of the seventh annual National Entrepreneurship Week.  The emphasis will be on how the next generation of small business owners can leverage crowdfunding as an alternative finance option to start and grow their businesses.

February 19-21, 2013, daily at 3:00 p.m. (ET)

Statement from U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank on Record International Trade in Goods and Services in 2012

Friday, February 8, 2013

Today U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank issued a statement announcing that U.S. goods and services exports reached an all-time record in 2012, totaling $2.2 trillion. Export records were seen across the board, including in: capital goods, automotive vehicles, parts, and engines; consumer goods; and travel and tourism. This announcement follows the release of the 2012 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services (PDF) data by the Commerce Department’s Census Bureau and Bureau of Economic Analysis.

U.S. Recognizes Another Year of Export Growth

Last year was another record-setting year for U.S. exporters.

Data released today shows that in 2012, American exports totaled $2.2 trillion, eclipsing the previous record of $2.1 trillion in exports in 2011.

This represents more than just numbers on a spreadsheet; it’s further proof that “Made in the USA” products are in demand all over the world.  It also means that more U.S. businesses are seizing the great opportunities in the global markets, continuing to help pave our nation’s road to economic recovery. 

Remarks by MBDA National Director David Hinson at the Mayor’s Commission on Africa & the Caribbean Immigrant Affairs Business and Trade Committee

Washington, DC
Thursday, January 24, 2013

Good Afternoon

Thank you for the kind introduction.

When the Minority Business Development Agency was established over 40 years ago, its mandate was to build the wealth and capacity of minority owned firms, in support of U.S. job growth. As we just witnessed the second inauguration of our first African-American president, Barack Obama, the state of U.S. minority business enterprises (MBEs) has greatly improved, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

But while there is still more work, under the Obama Administration, there is increasing evidence the American economy is moving forward again following the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Minority-owned businesses have a critical role to play in maintaining the momentum. MBDA has a 40 year history of promoting the growth and competitiveness of large, medium and small minority-owned enterprises (MBEs).  

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