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  • Submitted on 29 June 2015

    On June 25, Ron Uba, National Business Development Specialist represented the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) at the Access to Success: Multicultural Business Conference at George Mason University in Arlington, VA. Hosted by U.S. Senator Mark Warner from the state of Virginia, this event provided a platform to foster and promote partnerships between government buyers, prime contractors, and small- women-, veteran-, and minority-owned businesses.

    This half-day event featured representatives from both the public and private sectors, giving attendees a wide array of networking opportunities. Attendees learned about programs and resources to help grow and expand their businesses. Through a series of procurement sessions, the conference connected attendees with decision-makers and procurement officials from local, state, and federal government agencies, and their prime contractors.

  • Submitted on 16 June 2015

    25 Emerging minority entrepreneurs from the Gulf Coast region will gather in New Orleans to participate in a unique training opportunity to learn about the keys to business growth and success!

    July 3-4, 2015

    New Orleans Pitch CityThe Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) will host a 2-day intensive training course to offer high-growth potential minority entrepreneurs the chance to learn about business best practices from today’s best business minds! This event will take place July 3-4, 2015 at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola®in New Orleans, LA. Twenty-five companies from across the Gulf Coast region will apply innovative tools to their business models by hearing first hand from experts about valuable lessons in the areas of business expansion, competitive branding and how to pitch their business ideas to potential investors with the hopes of securing funding for future business operations.

  • Submitted on 04 August 2014

    The National Minority Enterprise Development Week Conference is the nation's premier event for minority businesses and the public and private sectors. The 2014 National MED Week Conference offered a venue for minority-owned firms to access information, tools, and resources to grow their businesses both domestically and internationally. 

    Visit http://medweek.mbda.gov to learn more about our annual conference.

  • Submitted on 26 November 2013

    Saturday, November 30, 2013 is Small Business Saturday® – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.  Please join MBDA and organizations across the country in supporting your local small business by shopping at a small business.

    This Saturday support, the local small businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. First there was Black Friday, and then Cyber Monday, and now Small Business Saturday® to help drive shoppers to America's job creators. Small businesses have generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years and employ over half of all private sector employees.

    Started in 2010, Small Business Saturday has boosted holiday sales for Main Street businesses around the country.  Last year, nearly 70 million people shopped small in their communities for an estimated $5.5 billion in sales to independently-owned small businesses. This year, we can do even more.

  • Submitted on 20 November 2013

    Over the last thirty years, the MED Week brand and conference format has been broadly accepted and synonymous with quality support for the development and recognition of minority-owned firms.  MED Week is more than just an event, for MBDA it is a part of our core mission to promote the growth and global competitiveness of minority-owned businesses. This year we will not host a National MED Week conference.   

    A private ceremony was held at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC honoring the 2013 National MED Week award winners. We invite you to continue to celebrate the spirit and traditions of MED Week through honoring our leaders in the minority business community today and every day.

  • Submitted on 02 August 2013

    MBDA’s newest excitement on Doing Business in Africa is its upcoming representation by our National Director David Hinson at the U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (AGOA Forum) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia!

  • Submitted on 26 July 2013

    Nigeria is among the ten fastest growing economies in the world, featuring an impressive growth rate of 7.5% over the past five years! At MBDA, we are opening new markets for U.S. minority-owned companies to take advantage of trade and investment opportunities in Nigeria, which is recognized as one of the main drivers of international trade in West Africa.

  • Submitted on 28 February 2013

     

    Abraham Venable, GM’s Envoy to Black-Owned Business, Dies at 82

    Abraham VenableAbraham S. Venable, who oversaw General Motors Corp.’s outreach to black-owned businesses during the 1970s and 1980s after what he called a frustrating attempt to get government to help them, has died. He was 82.

    He died on Feb. 21 at an assisted-living facility in St. Paul, Minnesota, according to his son, Douglas. The cause was congestive heart failure.

    As GM’s head of urban affairs, a post he held from 1971 to his retirement in 1990, Venable coordinated the Detroit-based company’s programs to increase its business with minority-owned banks, insurers, suppliers and dealerships. GM was then the world’s largest automaker.

    He also was vice president of a GM unit known as a Mesbic, or Minority Enterprise Small Business Investment Co., which functioned as a lender to minority-owned businesses.

  • Submitted on 03 January 2013

    Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 was an extremely productive year at MBDA and we are excited to share some of our many achievements. We’ve completed a major organizational restructuring that enabled us to increase funding to MBDA Business Centers.  We also launched several “specialty” MBDA Business Centers including: the Atlanta MBDA Business Center, which is now staffed to provide expert guidance for minority-owned businesses in the healthcare technology and advanced manufacturing industry sectors; the San Antonio MBDA Business Center that has expanded their services to include expertise in exporting to Latin America; and the MBDA Federal Procurement Center, the first MBDA Business Center to solely focus on federal contracting.

  • Submitted on 29 August 2011

    Online Registration

    The Minority Business Development Agency, in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced the opening of registration for the 2011 Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week) Conference, which will be held Sept. 27-30 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.  

 

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