The Minority Business Development Agency is pleased to announce we will join the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Road Tour as it travels through California and Hawaii. The Agency and our national network of more than 40 MBDA Business Centers are excited to support the greater the Tour mission of increasing program participation by minority businesses and entrepreneurs.
The number of minority-owned businesses continues to grow and bring value to the U.S. economy. Despite their growth, minority business enterprises (MBEs) continue to face challenges in access to capital, contracts, markets and overall resources.
There is a common misconception that the Federal Government does not offer enough funding opportunities specifically targeted at increasing and supporting the participation of under-represented populations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and the STEM workforce.
In 2016, the U.S. Commercial Service sponsored over 10 trade missions for U.S. companies. These organized trade missions are a great opportunity for U.S. businesses looking to sell their products or services to overseas markets, especially small businesses that haven’t exported before and have limited time and resources.
The U.S. Commercial Service, the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, is collaborating with the National Customs Brokers Freight Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) Educational Institute to present an exporting mechanics webinar series.
When I was offered a summer internship at the Minority Business Development Agency in April, it was a no-brainer. I accepted immediately. Aside from the intrinsic rewards of becoming a public servant and carrying out the MBDA mission, there was another clear motivating factor involved in my decision: professional development.
MBDA Acting National Director Chris Garcia, MBDA staff and members of the Orange Line Development Authority Eco-Rapid Transit gathered to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during a special signing ceremony in South Gate, California on June 29.