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MBDA Keeps “Boots on the Ground” Skills Sharpened

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Created on September 16, 2014

Sharpening your skills in any profession is a continuing effort. That is why the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) conducts annual training so our “boots on the ground,” can continue delivering excellent technical assistance, business development resources, as well as access to contract, capital and markets.

This year’s training conference will take place Sept. 15-19 in Detroit and will host approximately 250 attendees, made up of MBDA Business Center Operators and directors, invited speakers and MBDA headquarters staff.

The conference provides an annual training platform for MBDA’s nationwide network of 44 Business Centers.  The training is a requirement stated as part of the Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement which is the controlling document for the Agency’s cooperative agreement which funds their operations.

This year’s conference is themed: “State of Minority Business – Engagement for the 21st Century” Growth, Diversification, and Transformation, and will feature training in several areas including but not limited to Leveraging Strategic Partnerships, Smart E-Business Solutions, as well as Export Opportunities (Look South, Power Africa).

National Training Conference Attendees“Our Operators and Project Managers of MBDA’s network of 44 Business Centers have the pulse of the minority business community,” said Alejandra Y. Castillo, MBDA’s National Director. “Through their work, commitment and dedication, they are helping us improve the eco-system for minority-owned businesses to operate and thrive.

The national training conference also serves as opportunity to further engage the U.S. Department of Commerce’s “Open for Business Agenda,” honing the skill sets in Trade and Investment, Innovation and Operational Excellence.


U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker welcome remarks at the 2014 National Training Conference.

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