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  • Submitted on 16 February 2016

    Created on February 16, 2016
     

    STEM 3D PrinterLong before the concept of STEM entered the American lexicon, African-American scientists, educators, and entrepreneurs were creating important products, services, and businesses that helped shape the American economy. From Benjamin Banneker, a mathematician and polymath in 18th Century Maryland, to Dr. Charles Drew, a 20th Century doctor and blood specialist who revolutionized the process of blood transfusions, our nation has prospered and developed as a global leader in science, economics, and business, thanks to the significant contributions of men and women of color.

    The stakes are high: America’s future success in the global arena depends on our ability to foster innovation within communities that historically have been under-served. As the world’s top scientists and engineers pave the way for new breakthroughs across emerging industries, the U.S. continues to be the global leader in science and technology discoveries. The Obama Administration has championed the 21st century STEM revolution.

  • Submitted on 08 February 2016

    Created on February 8, 2016
     

    Last month, Americans across the nation celebrated the 30th official observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the dreams that Dr. King had for a more inclusive and equal nation, and his historic and noble effort to turn these dreams into reality. One important part of continuing Dr. King’s effort is guaranteeing access to fulfilling educational opportunities for young people, particularly in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. 

    As technology continues to assume increasing prominence in our society, STEM skills are becoming more critical than ever. Currently, there are a half-million job openings in the United States in information-technology fields, with thousands more requiring training in STEM or computer science. Despite the importance and pervasiveness of STEM, there is a significant shortage of STEM opportunities for young people, especially young people of color.

  • Submitted on 26 January 2016

    Created on January 26, 2016
     

    Throughout my career, mentors changed my trajectory.  Through them I met successful people who were willing to listen to my ideas—and give their advice on how to turn them into great opportunities. 

    Every year, my primary resolution has been to “give forward” what they gave to me, and to be a mentor.  You might be pleased to know that January is National Mentoring Month—a great reminder to all of us to reach out to someone early in his or her career.           

    This month reminds us of presidents past, of Dr. Martin Luther King, of service to others and the lasting impact we all have a chance to make in our lifetimes.  And while mentoring isn’t the only solution, it is one way to build a team of fund managers and portfolio companies in the alternative investment industry that is strong and robust because of its diversity.

  • Submitted on 13 January 2016

    Created on January 13, 2016
     

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking input and comments on certification of Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSB) in connection with the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program (WOSB Program). 

    SBA is planning to amend its regulations to implement section 825 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (2015 NDAA). Section 825 of the 2015 NDAA removed the statutory authority allowing WOSBs and EDWOSBs to self-certify. 

  • Submitted on 28 December 2015

    Created on December 28, 2015
     

    Innovation and Entrepreneurship Tour: April 10-16 2016 in Arizona & CaliforniaThe Fifth Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ACE) invites key leaders and decision makers to experience first-hand successful projects and experiences in the United States.  The activity is carried out under the framework of the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC) Work Plan for 2016-2018 to facilitate the exchange of good practices, create partnerships for development and deepen collaboration on the 200 successful experiences that OAS Member States have shared in the 2012-2015 Signs of Competitiveness Americas Reports www.riacreport.org.

    This six-day tour will showcase catalytic drivers such as advanced technology centers, innovation hubs, public-private partnerships, and strategic investments in the U.S. States of Arizona and California, including the cities of Phoenix, AZ; Chandler, AZ; Gilbert, AZ; Oracle, AZ; Tucson, AZ; San Luis, AZ; Yuma, AZ; Imperial Valley, CA; and San Diego, CA. Featured sites on the tour will target the following clusters: manufacturing, medical devices, water, agriculture, energy, and information and communication technology.

  • Submitted on 18 November 2015

    Eureka! You’ve made a great discovery or have a great idea for a business. The question that you have to ask yourself is can I move forward or has someone else beaten me to the proverbial punch?

    Join the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a free three-day webinar series to help business owners, inventors, entrepreneurs, and start-ups understand the value of conducting proper prior patent and trademark searches.

    What You Will Learn: 

  • Submitted on 17 August 2015

    Created on August 17, 2015

     

    Maxine Paul, CEO/CTO and Co-Founder of Pitch Love, an adaptive learning management system that teaches people through feedback and data, believes that innovation is essential to creating solutions that have a large impact on many different people. In order to continue progressing, we need to expose the future generation of entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds to innovation earlier and more often.

  • Submitted on 13 August 2015

    Created on August 13, 2015
     

    Lauren Rosario, Innovation Analyst at CodeMyMobile, attended the Commerce Department’s Open for Innovation event because she was interested to learn what established corporations and startups were doing to innovate their products and companies. Through events like Open for Innovation, she believes the government has the ability to attract a caliber of businesses that entrepreneurs would not have an opportunity to meet with otherwise, providing valuable networking opportunities.

  • Submitted on 13 August 2015

    Created on August 13, 2015

     

    Rod Robinson, Founder and CEO of ConnXus, Inc., a supplier relationship platform that manages all aspects of a corporation’s diversity and compliance programs, discusses the important role a government organization like MBDA plays in the success of an entrepreneur. He believes taking advantage of resources provided by MBDA, such as access to data and analytics to support the business model, as well as meeting with fellow mentors that have walked in their shoes, allows entrepreneurs to reach their full potential.

  • Submitted on 12 August 2015

    Created on August 12, 2015
     

    MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo, National Deputy Director Albert Shen, Associate Director Efrain Gonzalez, along with MBDA staff Tooba Awan and Longyang ZhuAs the only Federal agency dedicated to the competitiveness of minority businesses, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) was honored to be invited as guests of the White House during the inaugural White House Demo Day hosted by President Barack Obama. The half-day event showcased over 90 minority and female entrepreneurs presenting their groundbreaking and innovative work.

    MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo, National Deputy Director Albert Shen, Associate Director Efrain Gonzalez, along with MBDA staff Tooba Awan and Longyang Zhu, shared MBDA's client success stories with the entrepreneurs present. MBDA representatives informed the start-ups on federal procurement opportunities and the role MBDA’s nationwide network of Business Centers play in promoting inclusive entrepreneurship through access to contracts, capital, and markets.

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