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In honor of National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week, our first-of-its-kind collaboration with the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (NMSDC) offers these Powered by MBDA learning opportunities.

RESOURCES TO EXPAND YOU GLOBAL FOOTPRINT

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.

Speakers: Albert Shen (MBDA), Peggy Philbin (Select USA), Antwan Griffin (ITA), John Ferriter (Inter Development Bank)

ACCESS FEDERAL CONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES TO DIVERSIFY AND GROW YOUR PORTFOLIO

Come hear what 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.

Speakers: Mauricio Vera (USAID), Teresa Lewis (HHS), Paul Ross (DOE)

POWER LEARNING SESSIONS

Attend these power-packed 20-minute sessions to help jump start and engage the world of government contracting.

2:05 pm – Overview
2:20 pm – Essentials of Federal Government Contracts
2:50 pm – U.S. Department of Defense
3:20 pm – U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
3:50 pm – U.S. Department of Treasury
4:20 pm – U.S. Department of Education
4:45 pm – Networking

MBDA NATIONAL MED WEEK AWARDS RECEPTION
Hosted by Raytheon

THE CAPITAL INTERSECTION: FINDING MONEY IN NEW PLACES

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.

Speakers: Ann Marie Mehlun (SBA), Liz Lopez (OFN), Rafeal Martinez (MBE Capital Partners), Sergio Rodriguera (The Credit Junction)

PLENARY SESSION LAB TO MARKET: BILLONS IN FEDERALLY FUNDED R&D FOR MINORITY BUSINESS INNOVATORS

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.

Speakers: Tyrone Taylor (Capital Advisors on Technology), Marlene Owens (DHS), Brian Suh (Director of the Tech Transfer Office), Gary Jones (FLC)