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  • Submitted on 19 October 2010

    Cynthia Rios with the Minority Business Development Agency provides information on the steps an organization must take to register to apply for the MBDA Business Center grant.
     

  • Submitted on 06 October 2010

    Hinson speaking at MSD in ChinaMBDA National Director David Hinson, along with a 27-member delegation of U.S. corporate executives and minority-owned businesses, recently completed a China Business Opportunity Trade Mission to Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai. The goal of the trade mission was to meet with potential corporate, government and university partners and attend the Minority Supplier Development (MSD) China Summit and Business Opportunity Fair.

    The trip was organized by the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC) to foster business relations between American corporate and minority-owned businesses, corporate members of MSD China, and Chinese ethnic minority businesses that are not a part of the Han Chinese majority in China and Taiwan.

  • Submitted on 17 September 2010

    Director Hinson participated on the September 16th panel Africa and the Diaspora - From Slave Ships to Partnerships hosted by U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush.

    The panel was composed of leading Africa experts from the public, private and non-profit sectors. The panel increased awareness about Africa's position in the global economy.  Specifically, the forum discussed the Obama Administration's efforts to increase trade with Africa, especially the role that minorities play to strengthen U.S. Africa economic ties.

  • Submitted on 15 June 2010

    On June 28, 2010 at 1pm EST, the Task Force on Federal Contracting Opportunities for Small Business will hold a public hearing at the auditorium at the Department of Commerce located at 1401 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20230.

    To pre-register for the meeting, please email your name, organization or small business that you represent, along with the contact information to SB_TaskForce_Comment@sba.gov.  You should also include the topics you are interested in discussing (see below). Those interested in attending should register by June 21, 2010 due to security and limited seating.  Please put “registration” in the subject line of the email.

  • Submitted on 10 June 2010

    June 10, 2010 – In support of rebuilding Haiti following the devastating earthquake that affected the region this past January, more than 400 companies from the United States, Dominican Republic and Haiti attended the “Building a New Haiti: Commerce, Business, Investment” conference in Montrouis over the last two days.

    Rick Wade, Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and David Hinson, National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency, met with René Préval, President of the Republic of Haiti to discuss ways in which Haiti can diversify its economy and develop stronger economic relationships with the U.S. as well as create an environment that fosters job creation and economic stability.

    Wade reiterated the commitment of President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Locke to the people of Haiti and to engage the Haitian Diaspora in these efforts.   Hinson discussed how Haitians living in America are extremely supportive of their home country and are eager to help rebuild the nation.

  • Submitted on 01 April 2010

    In today’s Wall Street Journal, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke explains the impact of the new health care legislation on businesses.  Here’s the text of his op-ed:

    Don’t Believe the Writedown Hype

    Taken as a whole, health reform is undeniably pro business and pro jobs.

    By GARY LOCKE

    President Obama began his campaign to reform the American health-care system focused on three goals: protecting Americans’ choice of doctors and health plans, assuring quality and affordable health care for all Americans, and reducing costs for families and businesses.

    The new comprehensive health-care legislation meets these goals, and will significantly benefit American businesses by slowing and eventually reversing the tide of crippling premium increases washing over our nation’s employers.

    These cost savings are real. They will grow over time. And they will make U.S. businesses more competitive.

    First, by drastically cutting the number of uninsured, this law reduces the hidden tax of about $1,000 for family coverage that those with insurance pay to cover the cost of the uninsured who rely on emergency rooms for care.

    Second, the law invests $5 billion in a new reinsurance program for early retirees starting this year. For employers paying for their retirees between ages 55-64, this provision will directly reduce family premiums by as much as $1,200.

  • Submitted on 20 November 2009

    MBDA allocated roughly $1 million to seven minority business centers last month. The Minority Business Centers located in cities in Mesa, AZ; Bismarck, ND; New Orleans, LA; Durham, NC; San Jose, CA; Detroit, MI; and Philadelphia, PA received the funding to increase minority business contracting opportunities in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    The Minority Business Centers in these cities will assist in “minority-owned firms playing a significant role in the nation’s economic growth,” says MBDA National Director David Hinson.  MBDA kicked off the ARRA Initiative last month with events in Charlotte, NC; Philadelphia, PA and New Orleans, LA.

  • Submitted on 20 November 2009

    The Industry Trade Advisory Committees (ITACs) play a critical role as industry’s voice in developing U.S. trade policy.  Through the ITACs, business leaders have an opportunity to work side-by-side with U.S. Government officials and trade negotiators in advising the Secretary of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on industry specific issues related to, among others:  market access, customs matters, foreign investment and intellectual property protection.

  • Submitted on 17 June 2009

    U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced a new Obama Administration initiative designed to streamline government bureaucracy and bring services and solutions directly to businesses and entrepreneurs creating and sustaining jobs. Locke made his announcement at the Detroit Economic Club’s National Summit. The new initiative will be launched this summer in the Detroit area.

    Responding both to President Obama’s call to make government more responsive and a once-in-a-generation economic crisis, Locke initiated the effort after seeing how complicated it can be to navigate the alphabet soup of Commerce agencies and programs.

  • Submitted on 12 March 2009

    In 1972, Phil Archuleta started P&M Signs in the rural community of Mountainaire, New Mexico. Back then, Mr. Archuleta probably didn’t know his company would be one of MBDA’s first and longest-standing clients but now nearly 40 years later he’s seen his company grow substantially, more than doubling gross sales and hiring 30 new employees along the way.  

    Its minority entrepreneurs like Mr. Archuleta who inspired Representatives Mike Honda (D-CA), Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Dale Kildee (D-MI) to sponsor a resolution (H. Res. 215) to recognize MBDA and its network of business centers’ accomplishments, highlighting the importance of minority businesses on our economy.

Did you know...

Between 2002 and 2007, minority-owned firms outpaced the growth of non-minority firms in gross receipts, employment, and number of firms. Minority firms are an engine of job creation.
Graph for MBE Growth

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