NYC’s Strategic Steps for Growth: A Resource for MWBEs

The New York City Department of Small Business Services offers a number of educational programs that assist woman and minority entrepreneurs, including courses on planning and operations, creating a business plan and more. These programs are a great resource for new business owners who are just starting out. But for established businesses that are seeking […]

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Doing Business in NYC? Know the Laws That Apply to You

Minority and woman entrepreneurs have a lot to think about. Running a start-up is challenging, and especially so for MWBEs, who tend to have limited access to financial and human capital and few professional mentors. That’s one reason why it’s critical for owners of emerging businesses to know what laws apply to them. Not only […]

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What Is Tech Transfer and How Can MWBEs Get Involved?

Tech Transfer, or T2, is the process through which ideas and innovations are translated into marketable products, typically through licensing agreements or franchises. Also known as Lab to Market, the term is used in a number of contexts, but its application for MWBEs lies primarily in partnering with the federal government. How Tech Transfer Works […]

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Join the MBDA at the InVision Tour

The Minority Business Development Agency is beginning a five-city tour in Atlanta, Georgia next month. The tour aims to educate minority innovators, industrialists, inventors and entrepreneurs about the many resources available in over 300 federal laboratories across the United States. The focus will be on building wealth and creating jobs through the use of science, […]

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Is a Joint Venture a Good Idea for Your MWBE?

If you’re a minority or woman business owner, you know all too well the many challenges that MWBEs face. Of these, perhaps the most significant is capacity —  even with the assistance of MWBE programs, many small companies simply don’t have the capacity to bid on large projects or to compete successfully against larger firms. […]

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Disadvantaged Business Certification in the State of Florida

Although New York has one of the most robust MWBE programs in the country, it is not the only state on the Eastern seaboard to offer certifications and opportunities for disadvantaged businesses. Many states have set aside a percentage of government contracting opportunities specifically for minority and woman-owned businesses and businesses owned by veterans and […]

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Welcome to National Minority Enterprise Development Week

The U.S. Minority Business Development Agency and the National Minority Supplier Development Council are co-hosting a series of educational seminars and workshops at the NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange in Austin, Texas, next week. The presentations will focus on various aspects of doing business with the federal government and include information on infrastructure development, […]

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Can DNA Prove You Are a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise?

An interesting case is unfolding in federal court in which a man who has for decades identified as white is now seeking status as minority business owner as the result of a DNA test. The man, 55-year-old Ralph Taylor, claims the test showed he is 4 percent black and 6 percent indigenous American, which should […]

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Baltimore, Maryland, Offers Opportunities for MWBEs

The City of Baltimore, Maryland, is home to about 620,000 people, nearly 70 percent of whom are ethnic minorities (primarlily black.) And while the city’s economy has been struggling for many years, an influx of immigrants has helped grow Baltimore’s population for the first time in over six decades.Unemployment in the city is down from […]

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