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Mar182015

Written Testimony of Alejandra Y. Castillo, National Director Minority Business Development Agency U.S. Department of Commerce Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship “Minority Access to Capital” Field Hearing March 16, 2015 Bowie State University Bowie, Maryland Introduction Good Morning Chairman Vitter, Ranking Member Cardin, and Members of the committee. I am...

Nov212014

REMARKS November 18, 2014 Good Morning. A special thanks to our Mistress of Ceremonies for that warm introduction. I bring you greetings from Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker who is always supportive of strategic gatherings like this one that support the Commerce Department’s commitment to the growth, diversification and transformation of American business. Within the larger commercial focus of...

Nov202014

REMARKS November 13, 2014 Good afternoon and thank you Martin for that warm introduction. We certainly appreciate the remarks of Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Bruce Andrews.   I am so pleased to be here with you today. I certainly want to acknowledge the outstanding leadership of this organization: Sach Takayatsu – President & CEO of ACE Jimmy Ferguson – National Board Chairman Bill Imada –...

Nov052014

REMARKS November 3, 2014 Good morning and welcome to what we know will be the beginning of a very important conversation among stakeholders - full of possibility and promise. I want to honor and acknowledge the outstanding work of Dr. May and his team here at NIST and our colleagues at the WH Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and all our guests here who serve at Minority...

Oct302014

REMARKS AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY October 29, 2014 Good evening and thank you CeFaan Kim for that kind introduction.  I bring you greetings on behalf of Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and the National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency, Alejandra Castillo – it is my personal pleasure to be here with you this evening. As a business owner in Seattle Washington for 15 years, I...

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