MBDA_logo_webThe Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is honored to celebrate Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week in partnership with the National Minority Supplier Development Council at the 2016 NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange.

Alejandra Y. Castillo, Esq. - National Director Minority Business Development Agency

Alejandra Y. Castillo, Esq.
National Director
Minority Business
Development Agency

Albert K. Shen National Deputy Director

Albert K. Shen
National Deputy Director
Minority Business
Development Agency

The 2016 National MED Week celebration, recognized at the NMSDC Conference, will feature several Powered by MBDA workshops and seminars with a focus on federal programs. In addition, various federal agencies will also exhibit together in an area of the Business Opportunity Exchange known as Federal Gateway.

Celebrating MED Week
Since 1983, every president has issued a Presidential Proclamation designating a National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week to recognize the contributions of the minority business community to the U.S. economy. MBDA has led the National MED Week program to convene minority business leaders, government officials, corporate executives, and thought leaders; honor outstanding Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and advocates; promote business opportunities; and report industry trends. This year, President Obama will proclaim National MED Week during the week of October 23-29 to coincide with the NMSDC Conference.

MBDA Mission
For nearly 50 years, the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) has led Federal Government efforts to provide support to our nation’s fastest growing business sector – MBEs. With eight million minority-owned firms operating in the United States, MBDA serves as a catalyst to ensure the continued growth and global competitiveness of MBEs.

Our programs and initiatives, as well as our efforts to advance public policy to support this important business cohort, are focused on providing increased access to capital, contracts, and markets—pillars of MBDA’s strategic focus.

MBDA Business Centers
Through our national network of MBDA Business Centers, we provide customized business development services that help minority firms expand their customer base, enter new markets, and gain greater access to capital and contract opportunities. We have made it our business to help you cultivate yours – MBDA is where businesses come to GROW!

Tuesday Programming

Are MBE’s Ready for the “Internet of Things” (IoT ) and “Big Data” Industries of the Future

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
MBDA Plenary Session
9 – 10 a.m.

Since 2008, more objects than people have been connected to the Internet via “smart” devices that help people manage their lives and communicate through cars, home, appliances, and more. These devices also collect data that impact the development of new products and services. This year there will be 4.9 billion objects connected and that number will skyrocket to 50 billion by 2020. Imagine how the “Internet of Things” (IoT) has opened the door to endless possibilities in the U.S. marketplace.

How will the IoT change what consumers want, how goods are manufactured, and how companies re-configure their supply chains? In order to ride this next wave of groundbreaking innovation, minority-owned businesses must be ready and at the forefront of the technological frontier. Are you ready?

Alejandra Y. Castillo
National Director
Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

Farshid Arman
Director of Energy Technologies
Siemens Business to Technology Center

R. Kip Huff
Analytics Engagement & Portfolio Integration Director
The Boeing Company

Ian Kalin
Chief Data Officer
U.S. Department of Commerce

T2 How to Gain Competitive Advantage in Global Markets

T2 How to Gain Competitive Advantage in Global Markets

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

With a 95% percent of the world’s purchasing power outside of the U.S. borders, MBEs must remain competitive in the global market place. This panel provides an understanding on how to gain a competitive advantage in high growth markets. Topics covered will include global supply chains, trade agreements, and Federal Government resources.

Efrain Gonzalez
Associate Director
Office of Business Development
Minority Business Development Agency

Antwaun Griffin
Deputy Assistant Secretary
International Trade Administration (ITA)

Tamara Maxwell
Director, MWOB and Multiplier Outreach

Anne McKinney
Director of Investment Services, Select USA
U.S. Department of Commerce


T5 MBDA – Federal Contracting and Growth Strategy

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
11:20 – 12:30 p.m.

DID YOU KNOW: Every year the Federal Government spends $500 million dollars procuring goods and services throughout the country? Do you have the Federal Government as a Client?

This panel will provide a comprehensive look at growth strategies for MBEs seeking to do business with the federal government. Panelists will provide insight on how to develop a successful and sustainable federal procurement strategy that leverages available contracting vehicles and opportunities for minority owned firms, while also identifying ways to team and create joint venture partnerships to maximize capture management efforts.

Angela Washington
Senior Business Development Specialist

Sharon L. Jones
Director, Office of Small Business Programs
Department of Defense

Thomas J. Leney
Executive Director, Small and Veteran Business Programs
Department of Veterans Affairs

Mauricio P. Vera
Director, Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization
U.S. Agency for International Development

Wednesday Programming

Innovation & Design Thinking: Better Collaboration (T4)

W1 The Power of the Innovation Highway: R&D Investments to Revolutionize the American Business Landscape

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

Today’s business owners are vital to the U.S. innovation ecosystem and the federal government stands ready to equip minority innovators with the tools needed to advance our nation’s commercialization success. From the national network of more than 300 federal laboratories that offer technology transfer consulting to the over 2 billion dollars of annual funding to support your innovative spirits, the federal government is eager to lead minority-owned businesses into the next era of innovation.

Dr. Mojdeh Bajar
Assistant Administrator Office of Technology Transfer at Agricultural Research Service U.S. Department of Agriculture

Lyneir Richardson
Executive Director
The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED)

Courtney Silverthorn
Senior Integration Policy Specialist
Office at National Institute of Standards and Technology
U.S. Department of Commerce

Christian Strachan
Chief Executive Officer
Biojam Industrial Research and Development Global, Inc.

W2 Getting Ready: Valuing the Target, Making the Bid, and Setting the Price. Monetizing your Growth through Acquisition

W2 Getting Ready: Valuing the Target, Making the Bid, and Setting the Price. Monetizing your Growth through Acquisition

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

Building a company of value in the marketplace is key for optimal financial returns. As more minority businesses are thinking about growth through M&A activities, being ready is the first step. Our experts in the field including broker dealers, investment bankers and M&A specialists will take your questions on what’s required to be ready for growth by acquisition and how to access the capital for the deal.

Carmen West
Business Development Specialist
Access to Capital
Minority Business Development Agency

Anthony Caudle
Chief Executive Officer
Red Tail Capital Markets

Craig Miller
Chief Executive Officer
Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Chicago

Harvey Strode
Chief Executive Officer
UCBB Capital and Transition Solutions, LLC