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MBDA_logo_webIn honor of National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week, we are pleased to announce a first-of-its-kind collaboration with the U.S. Department of Commerce and Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA).  In conjunction with our annual Conference, MBDA will host National MED Week programming.

These Powered by MBDA learning opportunities will feature the latest information and trends on federal procurement, international trade and technology innovation. MBDA shares our commitment to creating opportunity, building networks, and acknowledging the outstanding achievements of minority firms and advocates.  We invite you to enrich your Conference experience by engaging in the many benefits of this partnership!

Tuesday Programming

T5 Resources to Expand Your Global Footprint

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Concurrent Workshops 
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m

96% of the world’s customers live outside of the United States. Business owners seeking their next customer must look to global markets for growth and expansion.

This session will explore the Obama Administration’s customer service driven strategy that streamlines federal resources; improves available data on specific export opportunities, and works closely with financing organizations to increase U.S. exports.

Panelists will discuss programs and services that business owners can access locally and around the globe.

T6 Access Federal Contract Opportunities
to Diversify & Grow Your Portfolio

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
This session will not be repeated.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Minority Businesses that are seeking to grow their business should attend this thought-provoking session to learn how to best position your company to successfully compete for federal contracts that will be awarded in Fiscal Year 2016.

The Federal Government is the largest purchaser of products and services. Each year, the federal government spends more than $1 trillion in goods and services and more than $500 billion is directed to small and disadvantaged businesses.

Come hear what these Federal Program Managers are saying about their agency’s forecasted procurements and socioeconomic programs for veteran-owned businesses, women-owned businesses, certified HUBZone and 8(a) firms.

MBDA Power Learning Sessions

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
2:15 – 5:15 p.m.

Begin building your pipeline to over $500 billion in contract opportunities.  Attend these power-packed 20-minute sessions to jump start and engage the world of government contracting.

Registering to become a government contractor and increasing your competitive advantage
• Leveraging federally recognized certifications to build a pipeline and compete for small, medium and large contract opportunities
• Navigating federal subcontracting opportunities with prime contractors and seeking prime contract opportunities
Connecting to government programs, initiatives and resources to grow your public sector client portfolio with local, state and federal agencies
Accessing local, state and federal government contract opportunities and resources

2:15 – 2:20 pm   Power Learning Overview
2:20 – 2:45 pm   Essentials of Federal Government Contracting
2:50 – 3:15 pm   U.S. Department of Defense
3:20 – 3:45 pm   U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
3:50 – 4:15 pm   U.S. Department of Treasury
4:20 – 4:45 pm   U.S. Department of Education
4:45 – 5:15 pm   Facilitated Networking

Wednesday Programming

MBDA National MED Week Awards Reception

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
5 – 7 p.m.

MBDA recognizes the role that minority entrepreneurs play in building the nation’s economy by honoring businesses that are making a significant contribution through the creation of jobs, products and services, in addition to supporting their local communities. The MBDA National MED Week Awards Program is designed to celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs, as well as individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing global minority business enterprise.

MBDA will recognize national award winners with a reception on Tuesday, October 20th at the 2015 NMSDC Conference. A limited number of tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. A Full Conference registration or Tuesday Plenary Session and Workshop Pass is required to attend this event. Request complimentary ticket on Conference registration form.

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W6 The Capital Intersection: Finding Money in New Places

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
This session will not be repeated.

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Access to capital is the number one impediment for all businesses which means that finding the right type of capital can be difficult and cumbersome. This panel will explore a broad spectrum of capital sources and outline how minority-owned firms can best leverage nontraditional methods of financing. The discussion will also introduce new approaches to alternative financing sources for growth, expansion and supply chain financing.

MBDA Plenary Session:
Lab to Market: Billions in Federally Funded R&D for Minority Business Innovators

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

The Internet, Global Positioning System (GPS), life-saving vaccines and many other technological advances started as federally funded research. There are billions in federal research and development (R&D) dollars awaiting minority entrepreneurs to commercialize the next great invention. In 2014, the Federal Government awarded more than $2 billion in funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

Panelists will share tips on how to access federal funding for R&D. They will also share strategies on how to unleash innovation in emerging and cutting edge industries. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore the possibilities of commercialized federally funded R&D to empower the growth of your business.