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  • Submitted on 16 February 2011

    The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) in concert with Deutsche Messe AG would like to invite you to join MBDA National Director David A. Hinson and business leaders from around the world at the Hannover Messe International Trade Fair, April 4–8, 2011.  As part of MBDA’s ongoing mission to promote the tremendous capabilities of minority-owned firms and the promise of phenomenal growth through exporting and strategical alliances internationally, Director Hinson will be a featured speaker at the U.S. Global Business & Markets pavilion on Monday, April 4. 

  • Submitted on 15 February 2011

    Dr. Albert Green, CEO of Kent DisplaysEd note: Founded in 1993, Kent Displays, Inc. is a world leader in the research, development and manufacture of Reflex™ No Power LCDs for unique, sustainable applications including electronic skins, writing tablets, smartcards and eReaders. Improv Electronics was formed in 2010 as the consumer products subsidiary of Kent Displays. 2010 sales of its first product, the Boogie Board™ LCD Writing Tablet, exceeded forecast by 10 times. Its paperless LCD technology represents a significant opportunity to reduce global paper consumption for everyday tasks such as memos, reminders, to do lists, sketching and other writing and drawing activities.

    Kent Displays is honored to be a representative on this trade mission to India. It’s only a few days into the mission, and the benefits of participating are already immeasurable. I cannot begin to express my gratitude to the U.S. Commerce Department and Secretary Gary Locke for organizing the trip and selecting Kent Displays for the business delegation.

  • Submitted on 14 January 2011

    There is a tremendous opportunity to interact with over 500 Chinese government leaders and business representatives from a wide spectrum of industries.  These Chinese firms will meet with U.S. exporters and explore investment opportunities in several U.S. cities, including Chicago, Houston, Raleigh, N.C., and Washington, D.C.

    Many firms are intensifying their efforts to market their products and services to countries such as China.  Today, American companies are selling more merchandise and services to China than ever before. Exports to China totaled $85 billion in 2009, a 72 percent increase from 2005. In the first 11 months of 2010, total U.S. exports grew 17 percent compared to the same period in 2009.

    MBDA encourages you to take advantage of this unique opportunity to expand your growth and profit potential with one of this country’s largest trading partners. China is a key export market for U.S. goods and services, and a focus of President Obama’s National Export Initiative that calls for doubling U.S. exports in five years to support millions of American jobs. Read the Report to the President on the National Export Initiative: The Export Promotion Cabinet’s Plan for Doubling U.S. Exports in Five Years

  • Submitted on 09 December 2010

    Trade Winds Forum - The AmericasThe Minority Business Development Agency (MDBA) encourages minority-owned firms to attend the upcoming “Trade Winds Forum–the Americas” business forum and trade mission in Mexico City, Mexico from April 5-12, 2011.

    The combination trade mission and business conference includes the pan-American (North, Central and South) business forum consisting of regional and industry specific conference sessions, as well as pre-arranged consultation with 14 U.S. Commercial Service Senior Commercial Officers representing markets throughout the Western Hemisphere.

  • Submitted on 01 December 2010

    International trade is one of the driving forces in the American economy which creates jobs and wealth and accounts for a significant percentage of our economic growth. Minority firms in the United States are primed for exporting and are twice as likely to generate sales from exporting as non-minority-owned firms. Some of the reasons are due in large part to language capabilities, cultural compatibility and business agility.

    The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) is at the center of the federal government's efforts to promote exports. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke will lead a High Technology Business Development Mission to New Delhi, Bangalore, and Mumbai that will highlight export opportunities for U.S. businesses in a broad range of advanced industrial sectors: civil-nuclear trade, defense and security, civil aviation, and information and communications. This trade mission will assist U.S. businesses in initiating or expanding exports to India by making business-to-business introductions, providing market access information, and facilitating access to government decision makers. 

  • Submitted on 23 November 2010

    Global Puzzle PiecesMinority business export activity spanned 41 countries over six continents, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, between 1992 and 2009.  Mexico, Brazil and Dominican Republic are the top three markets for minority firms export activity, accounting for 52 percent of all financing transactions authorized for these firms when foreign markets were identified.

    Minority firms in the United States are primed for exporting and are twice as likely to generate sales from exporting as non-minority-owned firms. Some of the reasons are due in large part to language capabilities, cultural compatibility and business agility.

  • Submitted on 14 October 2010

    Doug Barry is a Senior International Trade Specialist within ITA’s Commercial Service. He has helped hundreds of U.S. companies of all sizes find success in overseas markets and produced a number of instructional videos and webinars that help firms navigate the path to successful sales.

    Do you have to be a big company to be a successful exporter?  No.  In fact, the majority of exporters have fewer than 100 employees, and many have fewer than five.

  • Submitted on 02 August 2010

    Brazilis one of the largest economies in the world, growing at its fastest rate in at least a decade in just the first quarter of 2010. Much of Brazil’s economy is driven by consumer demand with nearly 50 percent of its population under 20 years old.  Most of Brazil’s population is concentrated along the East Coast of the country with nearly 50 million people living in its densely packed cities.  While Brazil is still considered a developing country, many business opportunities exist.  The rising affluence of Brazil’s middle-class consumers provide a new market for minority-owned firms in the United States to consider. 

  • Submitted on 02 August 2010

    The Caribbean is much more than a vacation destination with blue water and warm sand, it’s actually a steadily growing market with tremendous business opportunities for minority-owned firms.  In fact, the Caribbean is the 3rd largest market for U.S. exports in Latin America – behind only Mexico and Brazil – with $18.5 billion in U.S. goods and services.

    For U.S. minority-owned businesses interested in exporting but not sure where to start, the Caribbean offers close proximity to the United States and offers free trade agreements already in place.

    Companies providing the following products and services should consider an export strategy:

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