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Mar142017

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is seeking nominations for the 2017 National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Awards. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the annual awards designed to honor organizations, businesses and individuals that have demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing the minority business community and our Nation...

Mar092017

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross Jr. is asking for the input from American manufacturers to learn about the unnecessary burdens manufacturers face from federal permitting and regulatory requirements. This formal request for information (RFI) will help execute President Trump’s memorandum directing the Secretary of Commerce to ask stakeholders for ways to streamline the construction permitting...

Mar032017

Thank you, Ellen, for that kind introduction.  And thank all of you for joining me today for the beginning of what will be a period of revival across our country and a special renaissance for the Department of Commerce.  Let me first introduce my lovely wife Hilary. She has been incredibly supportive during the whole confirmation process that took some several months – seemed like a couple...

Jan182017

  WASHINGTON (January 18, 2017) — The U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency today released a new report, Contracting Barriers and Factors Affecting Minority Business Enterprises: A Review of Existing Disparity Studies.The report, which spotlights disparities in state and local government contracting between minority-owned and nonminority-owned business enterprises,...

Jan182017

Analysis of public contracting data indicates that substantial disparities exist between minority and non-minority business enterprises. Specifically, the data show that minority business enterprises (MBEs) typically secure a lower number and dollar amount of contracts in proportion to the number of available MBEs in a relevant market. As a result, MBEs, agency officials, policy makers, and...

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