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Apr042018

Finding and harvesting sea cucumbers takes some effort. These bottom-feeding creatures – affectionately dubbed the “janitors of the ocean” by Popular Science – aren’t the prettiest fish in the sea. But they are increasingly among the most coveted, and well worth the sea-scraping exploration. The founders of Mellish Island, a San Dimas, California-based processor of sea cucumbers, recognized the...

Mar192018

Leasa – winner of the 2007 Supplier of the Year Award from the Florida Regional Minority Business Council – remains a business vital to its community, especially as it grows beyond Miami and the Southeast. Through her work at the MBDA Export Center, Gill is focused now on helping to increase Leasa’s exports to other markets. Leasa is the largest manufacturer of tofu in the region and is primed to...

Mar152018

If you’ve been to a supermarket or a pharmacy recently, there’s an exceedingly high chance that you’ve come across Vista Color’s handiwork. The Miami-based packaging company got its start in the pre-press printing business, specializing in high-quality magazines, catalogues, and coffee table books.

Feb232018

The Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) celebrated diversity in business and African-American contributions to the growing U.S. economy today. The 2018 African American Heritage Month event featured remarks from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, and a panel discussion highlighting the Trump Administration’s priorities in education and policy.

Jan312018

Good morning on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Minority Business Development Agency, thank you for inviting us to be a part of this conference. It’s an honor to be here in Nashville with so many accomplished and diverse business professionals. I feel right at home. The National 8(a) Small Business Conference is truly the perfect setting to talk about the work we are doing at...

Nov242017

From coast to coast, U.S. small businesses are creating jobs, revitalizing communities and exemplifying the power of America’s entrepreneurial spirit. Without question, small businesses are the life blood of our economy and it’s essential that we as Americans collectively support their growth and economic development.

Nov222017

What if Thanksgiving were every day of the year? It’s not a very far-fetched idea when we trust in and employ the power of gratitude. In the words of writer William Arthur Ward, “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

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