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 2017 NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange.

Christopher Garcia, Acting National Director, U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency

Christopher Garcia
Acting National Director
U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency

Celebrating National Minority Enterprise Development 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. For more than 30 years, MBDA has led the National MED WEEK program to convene minority business leaders, government officials, corporate executives, and thought leaders; honor outstanding MBEs and advocates; promote business opportunities; and report industry trends. This year President Trump has proclaimed National MED Week October 22 – 28, 2017.

In recognition of the 2017 National MED, MBDA will host a series of workshops and seminars focused on federal programs. MBDA will also recognize the National MED Week award winners during the conference.

MBDA Mission
For more than 45 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 –Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs). With more than 8 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 are focused on providing increased access to capital, contracts, and markets.

MBDA Business Centers
MBDA provides a broad range of business development services to minority business owners through its nationwide network of business centers. Over the past 10 years, MBDA Business Centers have secured more than $40B in contracts and capital for MBEs in every business sector.

Tuesday Programming

Going Global: New Markets for Minority Business Enterprises (Powered by MBDA) (T5)
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Roughly three quarters of world purchasing power and over 95% of world consumers are outside America’s borders and American products, services, and solutions are in high demand around the world. Minority business enterprises (MBEs) are uniquely qualified and equipped to not only succeed at exporting but to also act as strategic partners for others entering global markets.

In this session you will learn what you need to do to become “export-ready,” and about the myriad of federal government programs and resources ready to work with you. Accomplished MBEs will share their perspective on how to compete effectively in the global marketplace and challenge you to go global!

Sharon T. Freeman
All American Small Business Exporters Association

Patricia Hanes
MBDA Chicago Export Center

Eve Lerman
Senior International Trade Specialist
East Michigan Export Assistance Center

James E. Wallace Sr.
Monnex Precision Inc./MTK Logistics

Winning Federal Contracts
(Powered by MBDA) (T13)

Tuesday, October 24, 2016
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

The United States Federal government is the largest purchaser of products and services in the world—more than $100 billion. The premier gateway into the federal market is through U.S. General Services Administration schedules (GSA Schedules) and with the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) in each federal agency. This session will explain how to market your goods and services to federal agencies and walk you through the process of getting on the GSA Schedule for the Federal Government acquisitions.

You will also hear directly from an accomplished federal contractor and learn the best practices of capture management. If you are not doing business with the government and your company is able to deliver a quality product or service on time and at a competitive price – this workshop is for you!

Jacob Brody
Managing Director
Accenture Federal Services

Constance Payne Logan
District Director
U.S. Small Business Administration

Maureen Cruz
Small Business Specialist
U. S. General Services Administration, Office of Small Business Utilization

Lane Coleman
Strikegroup, LLC

Gail Bassette
Project Director
MBDA Federal Procurement Center

Wednesday Programming

Plenary Session – Hurricane Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding Opportunities
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

The catastrophic devastation resulting from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria has caused more than $500 billion in damage in the states of Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and throughout the Caribbean. For minority-owned firms seeking to gain insight into how they can help with disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts, this is a must attend session.

You will hear from government executives and key stakeholders who will share information on the state of the economy within their respective regions. You will learn about the programs and resources that are available to help minority-owned firms gain access to the more than $500+ billion in procurement opportunities.

Henry Childs
Senior Economic Advisor
Economic Development Agency – Economic Recovery

The Honorable Dionisio D’Aguilar
Minister and Chairman
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and the Caribbean Tourism Organization

Jerry Butler
Inter-American Development Bank

Fred Volcansek
Select USA

Ja’Ron Smith
Director Urban Affairs and Revitalization
White House Domestic Policy Council