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Press Room February 2014

U.S. Commerce Department Agencies Host CEO Fireside Chat in Commemoration of African American History Month

February 26, 2014
Contact: Al Betancourt - MBDA Public Affairs
Email: abetancourt@mbda.gov



WASHINGTON (February 26, 2014) —The U.S. Commerce Department’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and International Trade Administration (ITA) today co-hosted a CEO Fireside Chat in recognition of the significant contributions made by minority-owned firms to the U.S. economy. MBDA Acting National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Domestic Operations Antwaun Griffin delivered remarks, followed by a panel discussion with business leaders during the event, which was also in commemoration of African American History Month.

Minority Entrepreneur Builds Company, Creates Jobs in Philadelphia Region

Michael Pearson started Union Packaging at the encouragement of his father who migrated north from the south, after World War II. Pearson created Union Packaging with the primary goal of bringing jobs and greater opportunity to the greater Philadelphia region.

Drawing on his experience as a previous Fortune 500 company director, Pearson identified a specific niche in the food packaging market—FDA control packaging. He was able to successfully create a unique path for Union Packaging in the quick service restaurant market by using the connections he made through his former position. Some of his customers include Burger King, Wendy’s and Whole Foods.

Celebrating African American Heritage Month





You’re Invited to a CEO Fireside Chat on Trade and Investment!

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Event DetailsIn recognition of the significant contributions made by all minority-owned firms in the U.S. economy, the International Trade Administration (ITA) and the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) will co-host a CEO Fireside Chat in commemoration of Black History Month.

Complete the form to join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of successful African American CEOs by hearing firsthand from these leaders about the importance of international commerce and how it directly impacts U.S. business operations.

The live stream event will also highlight the launch of the new ITA/MBDA strategic outreach program that promotes the commercial benefits of trade and investment to the minority business community.

America is Open for Business

Expanding your business through exporting is more viable today than ever before. If you have a good track record of selling in the United States, one of the most open and competitive markets in the world, you are likely a good candidate for international sales!

Nominations Sought for 2014 National MED Week Awards

February 12, 2014
Contact: Al Betancourt - MBDA Public Affairs
Email: abetancourt@mbda.gov


Program Recognizes Outstanding Achievements of Minority Entrepreneurs, Individuals, Organizations

Start Your Nomination TodayWASHINGTON (February 12, 2014) —The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) today announced that it is accepting nominations for the 2014 National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Awards competition. The program celebrates and recognizes the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs, as well as individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing the minority business community.

“The MED Week awards were created to recognize individuals and firms who exemplify entrepreneurial innovation and a commitment to creating jobs while helping our nation remain competitive in the global economy,” said Alejandra Castillo, MBDA Acting National Director. “With nearly six million minority-owned businesses across the United States, we anticipate having a robust slate of candidates to choose from. We look forward to the opportunity to highlight some of these outstanding business leaders.”

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