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  • Submitted on 04 April 2014

    Alejandra CastilloAlejandra Castillo, Acting National Director, Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Congress, joined Josh Smith to take an in depth look at how minority businesses are considered the "critical engine" of the business community for economic growth.

    She further shares that minority and small businesses must get the "business intelligence" and leverage opportunities for growth in servicing the government at local, state and federal levels, as well as various emerging industries and the global marketplace, to be successful in this arena.

     

    » Listen to the discussion

  • Submitted on 21 March 2014

    Baltimore Open House Ribbon CuttingBALTIMORE, MD. (March 21, 2014) —Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined U.S. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, Alejandra Castillo, acting national director of U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and many other distinguished guests, to launch the MBDA Business Center – Baltimore, made possible through a three-year, $900,000 grant that was awarded in September 2013. Baltimore is the only municipality to be awarded this grant.

  • Submitted on 05 March 2014

    Minority firms provide nearly 6 million Americans with sustainable jobs and build wealth in our communities, says Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee
     

    Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee released the following statement recognizing the 45th Anniversary of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA):

  • Submitted on 05 March 2014

     

  • Submitted on 04 March 2014

    As part of a government collaboration to prepare and place workers facing long-term unemployment into good jobs in high-demand industries, the Department of Labor announced yesterday the availability of approximately $150 million in grants as part of the “Ready to Work Partnership.”  Three weeks ago, President Obama signed a federal employer commitment and issued a Presidential Memorandum to address the issue of long-term unemployment and ensure that those who have been out of work for long periods of time are given a fair shot. The memorandum underscored the need for American workers to have the resources and training needed to acquire in-demand job skills.

  • Submitted on 03 March 2014

    Last week the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the International Trade Administration (ITA) hosted a live stream event commemorating Black History Month.

    We brought together successful African American CEOs, who shared their journey as entrepreneurs, lessons learned, and insights on international commerce. Government officials from MBDA and ITA also highlighted our strategic outreach efforts to promote the commercial benefits of trade and investment to the minority business community. We want to pass along some additional resources to help you grow your business.

  • Submitted on 19 February 2014

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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!

  • Submitted on 27 January 2014

    Ghana and Nigeria | May 18-24, 2014

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will lead an Energy Business Development Mission to West Africa with stops in Ghana and Nigeria from May 18-23, 2014. This mission will promote U.S. exports to Africa by helping U.S. companies launch or increase their business in the energy sector in West Africa.  It will also help the African region develop and manage energy resources and systems, build out power generation and transmission, and distribution.  

  • Submitted on 16 December 2013

    George MuiGeorge Mui, a Business Development Specialist with the Minority Business Development Agency’s Office of Business Development, received the 2013 Asian Exemplary Civic Service Award and the President’s Silver Category Call to Service Volunteer Award, last month during a ceremony in Chicago.

    The awards were part of Asian Chronicle USA TV’s 12th annual event where the public access channel honors exemplary Asian philanthropists, humanitarians, and exemplary civic volunteers who have paved the way or have made significant contributions for the betterment of the lives of the less fortunate, the impoverished and the under-served.

    “I’m extremely honored to have received these awards,” Mui said. “The Asian American community is very diverse and they need a voice and platform to showcase their cause. I’m very proud to help all of the Asian American community and this recognition means a lot to me.”

  • Submitted on 10 December 2013

    On December 2, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) recognized the 2013 National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Award winners. The winners include 12 organizations, businesses and individuals who have demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing the minority business community. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented the awards during a ceremony in Washington, DC.

    “I am pleased to recognize and personally congratulate the 2013 National Minority Enterprise Development Week Award winners,” said Secretary Pritzker. “Helping American businesses grow and create jobs is the key focus of the Commerce Department’s ‘Open for Business Agenda,’ and today’s award recipients are playing a critical role in those efforts by helping minority-owned businesses innovate, expand and thrive.”

    Winners were selected for the following awards: Ronald H. Brown Leadership Award; Champions of Minority Business Development; and Minority-Owned Firms. The awards are designed to celebrate and recognize outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs based on the challenges the business has overcome, total revenues, total jobs created and the economic impact the business has had on the community. MBDA also recognized individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing the minority business community.

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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