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  • Submitted on 13 April 2016

    Created on April 13, 2016
     

    Register Now For the Upcoming Federal Lab Consortium 2016 National Meeting

    Register Now For the Upcoming Federal Lab Consortium 2016 National Meeting

    In today’s fast-paced economy, many aspiring entrepreneurs understand the invaluable role that technology innovation plays in determining the long term success of a new company.  Moreover, as the United States continues to serve as a catalyst and champion for technology innovation in the 21st century, many minority business owners are now poised to transform their ideas from research and development to commercially-developed products and services.

  • Submitted on 11 March 2016

    Created on March 11, 2016
     

    One of the larger trade categories, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Goods includes optical fibers, audio-video equipment, television reception apparatus, coaxial cable, and batteries, in addition to those items covered by the World Trade Organization's Information Technology Agreement, whose coverage was recently expanded to include over 200 new product categories. These items range from machines that bring the Internet into our homes; entertainment to our televisions, radios, and mobile devices; processing power to cash registers and point of sale systems; all the way to the crucial technologies needed to help teach children across the world.

    Technology plays a critical role in both economic growth and job creation in the United States.

  • Submitted on 29 February 2016

    Created on February 29, 2016
     

    African-Americans currently make up less than three percent of the nation's technology workforce. Seeking to increase the number of African-American and other ethnic minority technology executives, engineers, and business owners, the second annual Black Tech Week was held earlier this month, featuring PowerMoves Miami, a nonprofit incubator and training organization. 

    Prior to the conference, PowerMoves Miami led a 6-week boot camp for 29 startup companies that focused on pitching to investors. The boot camp culminated with a Demo Day pitch competition. In addition to boot camp training and pitch competitions, the conference provided an opportunity for entrepreneurs of color to network and become part of the PowerMoves and Black Tech Week communities.

  • 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 30 October 2015

    Created on October 30, 2015
     

    Tyrone C. Taylor from Capitol Advisors on Technology, LLC, Gary Jones - Federal Lab Consortium (FLC), DC Representative,     Marlene M. Owens - Deputy (Acting) for Research and Development Partnerships, Science and Technology Directorate for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and     Brian Suh - Director of Technology Transfer at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) and Regional Director of the Federal Laboratory Consortium, Albert K. Shen, MBDA National Deputy DirectorThe 2015 Minority Enterprise Development Week celebration was held in conjunction with the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC) Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange in San Diego, CA. In this new and innovative collaboration, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) offered several Powered by MBDA sessions that provided the latest information and trends on technology innovation, federal procurement, and international trade. As part of the Powered by MBDA sessions, day four of the NMSDC Conference featured a robust lab-to-market panel discussion moderated by Tyrone C. Taylor from Capitol Advisors on Technology, LLC. The panel included:

    • Gary Jones - Federal Lab Consortium (FLC), DC Representative,
    • Marlene M. Owens - Deputy (Acting) for Research and Development Partnerships, Science and Technology Directorate for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and
    • Brian Suh - Director of Technology Transfer at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) and Regional Director of the Federal Laboratory Consortium
  • Submitted on 28 October 2015

    Created on October 28, 2015
     

    Cyber SecuritySmall businesses may not consider themselves targets for cyber attacks due to their small size or the perception that they don't have anything worth stealing.

    However, small businesses have valuable information cyber criminals seek, such as employee and customer records, bank account information and access to the business's finances, and access to larger networks.

    In some ways, small businesses are at a higher risk of cyber attacks than larger businesses because they often have fewer resources dedicated to cybersecurity.

    Below, find resources and materials to keep your small business cyber secure.

  • Submitted on 09 June 2015

    Created on June 9, 2015
     

    Tech TalentThis post originally appeared on the White House Blog

    We are excited to be out in California today to roll up our sleeves and participate in the “Diversity in Tech” workshop, hosted by the White House and the Kapor Center for Social Impact. We are here to brainstorm and strategize with innovators from throughout the technology ecosystem to learn about what's worked for employers to recruit, retain, and advance top talent from under-represented communities, and for venture capitalists to fund and advise the full range of early start-up teams. We will hear about what’s working already that could be scaled now, as well as understand where challenges need pilot exploration work and urgent innovation.

    According to the Kapor Center, of all workers in the U.S. tech sector, only 7% are Latino, 6% are African-American, and only 15% come from the AAPI community. And women occupy only 28% of STEM jobs in the American workplace. According to surveys, 87% of U.S. venture capital-backed business founders are white, 12% are Asian, and less than 1% are African American. Less than 3% of companies that receive venture capital funding have a woman CEO. As a nation, we are leaving top talent on the sidelines, and that is a mistake for American businesses in a globally competitive economy.  

    “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.”

    — Albert Einstein

  • Submitted on 06 May 2015

    Created on May 6, 2015
     

     

    MBDA Candace Shiver and Demetria Gallagher with Federal Labs Chair Zielinski

    Candace Shiver, MBDA; Paul Zielinski, Director of the Technology Partnerships Office at NIST and Chair of Federal Laboratory Consortium; and Demetria Gallagher, MBDA (from left to right)

    Last week, Candace Shiver and Demetria Gallagher of the Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) Office of the National Director, participated in the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) in Denver, Colorado.  This meeting brought together hundreds of technology transfer professionals from both the public and private sector, providing in depth training and networking opportunities to initiate the establishment of interagency and industry partnerships
    to advance federal technologies from federal lab to the marketplace.

    MBDA recognizes that the advancement of federal technology transfer programs requires a new comprehensive approach to engage minority business enterprises (MBEs) and students of color in the commercialization of technology and innovation.  There are more than 65,000 minority employers in the technology industry with the potential to bring scientific discoveries to the marketplace by utilizing federal inventions and technologies. In order for the U.S. to remain globally competitive, it must leverage this diversity.

  • Submitted on 21 April 2015

    Created on April 21, 2015
     

    Mobile SecurityBy 2017, the number of smartphone users in the U.S. is expected to surpass 200 million, nearly 65 percent of the population. Negotiating security in the face of an ever-growing implementation of mobile devices presents serious challenges for organizations. Risks include the growth of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) (coupled with a lack of security controls for these devices), loss/theft of devices, and the proliferation of mobile malware.

    Users need to understand the risks and the steps they can take to minimize them, particularly as cybercriminals often use employees as the entry point into an organization’s network. Below are some key actions users can take to help minimize the likelihood of a successful cyber attack.

    Regularly update your device.

    Mobile malware increased 75% in 2014 from 2013, and further increases in malware are expected in 2015, particularly in mobile ransomware. Updated operating systems and security software are critical in protecting against emerging threats.

  • Submitted on 17 February 2015

    Created on February 17, 2015
     

    SBIR Road TourThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will launch an 18 state road tour, joined by 11 fellow federal agencies in the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

    The SBIR Road Tour “Seeding America’s Future Innovations,” is a nationally focused outreach initiative targeting advanced technology communities, including women-owned and minority-owned small businesses in states that have underutilized funding opportunities through these programs. Today, the agency is launching information on the tour through www.sbir.gov and will also launch a blog that will be active up through the end of the tour in late August.

 

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