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The Minority Business Development Agency is Permanently Authorized in Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

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Bill’s passage assigns an Under Secretary to oversee the Agency, mandates services to rural areas, provides authorities for a new Minority Business Development Grant program and the creation of partnerships with HBCU’s and minority-serving institutions. [Washington, DC | November 15, 2021] - Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of...

Minority Business Development Agency Awards $13.9 Million in Grants

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Federal funding will expand MBDA Business Centers to new locations in Alabama, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma and Virginia WASHINGTON (September 9, 2021) — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is awarding $13.9 million in federal funding to 35 grant recipients as part of its MBDA Business Center Program...

Minority Business Development Agency Awards $3.7 Million in Grants

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Federal funding will support MBDA Specialty Centers with an emphasis on advanced manufacturing, exporting, and federal contracting. WASHINGTON (August 25, 2021) — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) awarded $3.7 million in federal funding to nine (9) grant recipients to establish MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Centers, Export Centers, and a Federal...

Minority Business Development Agency Announces Grant Competitions in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Project

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WASHINGTON, JUNE 7, 2021 – The U.S Department of Commerce and the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) are pleased to announce the opening of major grant competitions in connection with its American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Project. “The American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Tribal communities are an essential component of the American economy and pillars of...

Minority Business Development Agency Announces Grant Competition in Minority Business Enterprise Equity Multiplier Project

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WASHINGTON, JUNE 4, 2021 – The U.S Department of Commerce and the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) are pleased to announce the opening of a major grant competition in connection with its Minority Business Enterprise Equity Multiplier Project. “Systemic barriers to business capital and equity investments constitute the most significant hurdle to entrepreneurial equality,” said Edith Mc...

Nominations Open for 2021 National Minority Enterprise Development Week Awards

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Minority Business Development Agency to present MED Week Honors in September. WASHINGTON, MAY 25, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is currently accepting nominations for their 2021 National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Awards. These prestigious honors are presented during MBDA’s National Minority Enterprise Development Week—September...

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s MBDA Announces National MED Week Virtual Conference

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2020 National Minority Business Award Winners to be honored during Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week WASHINGTON (September 13, 2020) — Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) proudly announced that it will host the 2020 National MED Week Conference virtually from September 14-18. Through a robust schedule of keynote remarks, plenary discussions...

EXIM Chairman Reed Addresses White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and Outlines Trade Finance Tools During the Future of Business Virtual Events Series

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) President and Chairman Kimberly A. Reed delivered prerecorded remarks today to more than 350 registrants of a webinar sponsored in partnership with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (link is external) (WHIAAPI), highlighting how Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) can utilize EXIM support...

President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (PAC-AAPI) Convenes Second Open Meeting

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On August 5th, the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (PAC-AAPI) convened its second Open Meeting in Washington, D.C. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Co-Chair of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), presided over the meeting and provided welcome remarks. The Commissioners also met with U.S...

Minority Business Development Agency Awards $10M in Federal Funding under the CARES Act

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Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) announced the deployment of $10 million in CARES Act funding to the network of MBDA Business Centers and national minority chambers of commerce. The grants will be used for education, training, and advising small and minority business enterprises in their recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. “The Trump...

Department of Commerce Announces New National Director of Minority Business Development Agency

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WASHINGTON, June 17, 2020 – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that David J. Byrd will be the new National Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). Mr. Byrd will be the 18th National Director of the agency. Established by an Executive Order in 1969, MBDA is the only Federal agency solely dedicated to the growth and global...

President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (PAC-AAPI) Hosts June AAPI Business Town Hall

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On June 11th, the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders hosted their second virtual AAPI Business Town Hall. Chair of the Commission, Dr. Paul Hsu of Florida, provided opening remarks, in which he highlighted the many accomplishments of Asian American and Pacific Islanders. He also emphasized the five areas that both the Commission and the...

Minority Business Development Agency Seeking Nominations for 2020 National MED Week Awards

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WASHINGTON, June 9, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is seeking nominations for the 2020 National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Awards. These annual awards are designed to honor businesses, organizations, and individuals that have demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing the minority business community and our Nation’s...

President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (PAC-AAPI) Convenes Inaugural Open Meeting and Virtual Listening Session

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On May 20th, the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders convened its Inaugural Open Meeting with all fourteen (14) Commissioners in attendance. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao, Co-Chairs of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, provided welcoming remarks at...

White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) Successfully Holds Virtual Events to Commemorate AAPI Heritage Month 2020

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao, Co-Chairs of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, were the keynote speakers at virtual events to commemorate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month 2020 hosted by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders...