Category: Event

MBDA Announces 2017 National MED WEEK Award Winners

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) today announced the 2017 National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Award winners. This year the Agency honored 15 minority business enterprises (MBEs), businesses leaders and advocates for their leadership, commitment and excellence in advancing the interests and the economic achievements of the minority business community.

For more than 30 years, MBDA has observed National MED Week by convening award winners, key business leaders, influencers, MBEs and advocates during a week-long celebration. MBDA will once again lead the annual observance by hosting special MED Week programming and events during the 2017 National Minority Supplier Development Council Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange (NMSDC) Oct. 22-25 in Detroit.

“MBDA is delighted to celebrate such a prestigious group of innovators, advocates and business leaders for their extraordinary efforts in contributing to the economic success of the minority business community and the U.S economy.Your entrepreneurial spirit symbolizes the best of America. We salute your accomplishments and the many years of hard work that you’ve dedicated to achieving your success,” said MBDA Acting National Director Christopher Garcia.

Since 1983, every U.S. president has issued a Presidential Proclamation designating National Minority Enterprise Development Week to recognize the contributions of the minority business community to the U.S. economy. This year, President Donald J. Trump proclaimed the 2017 National MED Week as Oct. 22-28.

First Lady Melania Trump to Kick Off the “Week of Inclusion” at Michigan Middle School

First Lady Melania Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will visit Orchard Lake Middle School in West Bloomfield, Michigan to kick off the “Week of Inclusion,” part of National Bullying Prevention Month.

During her visit, Mrs. Trump will spend time in the school’s Viking Huddle Class, a 6th grade classroom that focuses on social emotional learning. The First Lady and Mrs. DeVos will observe and participate in lessons about respecting others, kindness, and inclusion.

In addition to classroom participation, Mrs. Trump will visit with 7th and 8th grade students in the school’s cafeteria in an effort to bring awareness to “No One Eats Alone,” a concept that seeks to reverse the trends of social isolation by asking students to engage in simple acts of kindness – such as making sure that no one is eating alone and students are making an effort to eat with new classmates and peers.

“As part of my ongoing commitment to the overall well-being of children, I am looking forward to today’s visit,” stated First Lady Melania Trump. “By our own example, we must teach children to be good stewards of the world they will inherit. We need to remember that they are always watching and listening. It is our responsibility to take the lead in teaching children the values of empathy and communication that are at the core of kindness, mindfulness, integrity, and leadership.”

National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week 2017


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As we celebrate Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week, we recognize the extraordinary contributions that Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have made, and continue to make, to the general welfare and prosperity of our country. Established by visionary leaders, America’s HBCUs have long played an integral role in our Nation’s history, providing Black Americans opportunities to learn and achieve their dreams.

Many HBCUs were founded under the cold shadow of segregation and racial prejudice. Before the Civil War, most institutions of higher learning denied admittance to minority students. HBCUs formed to overcome such discrimination and prove to the Nation that all students deserve a high quality education, and that all Americans can rise to great heights if given the opportunity. For more than 150 years, HBCUs have produced some of our Nation’s leaders in business, government, academia, and the military, and they have helped create a thriving and important Black middle class. Today, they continue to provide a rigorous education to students, who are often from low income backgrounds, who seek to advance themselves and give back to their Nation. We can see the influences of HBCUs in every sector of our economy, from medicine and law, to sports and journalism.

Today, more than 100 HBCUs are thriving in 19 States, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, enrolling more than 300,000 students. This year, Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week coincides with the 150th anniversary of nine HBCUs: Alabama State University, Barber-Scotia College, Fayetteville State University, Howard University, Johnson C. Smith University, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, St. Augustine’s University, and Talladega College. It is a great honor for our Nation to join in celebrating the achievements of these nine institutions, as well as those of every HBCU across the country.

Investing in HBCUs strengthens America’s future, and my Administration will help ensure that HBCUs continue to be self-sustainable and viable institutions of higher education for generations to come. This week, we will also host the Annual White House Historically Black College and Universities Summit to provide a forum for HBCU presidents, faculty members, students, government partners, and other stakeholders to address the priorities set forth in my Executive Order to Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, signed February 28, 2017. This annual summit also serves to honor HBCU All-Star Students, who are appointed for 1 year to serve as ambassadors for the White House Initiative on Historically Black College and Universities.

National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week serves to remind us of the historic and ongoing struggle for equal access that led to the establishment of HBCUs in our Nation. We use this week to recognize the importance of HBCUs in educating the leaders of tomorrow, and reaffirm our commitment to providing every student with the opportunity to learn, grow, and find success no matter his or her background.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 17 through September 23, 2017, as National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week. I call upon educators, public officials, professional organizations, corporations and all Americans to observe this week with the appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that acknowledge the countless contributions these institutions and their alumni have made to our country.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

Direct Line: Opportunities in China’s Senior Care Market

March 14, 2017
Topic: Opportunities in China’s Senior Care Market
Host: Hanscom Smith, U.S. Consul General in Shanghai, China
Date, time, time zone (DC): March 14, 2017; 7:00 p.m. EDT (March 15, 2017; 7:00 a.m. local)

Description of Webinar: By 2050, China is expected to have nearly 500 million people over the age of 60, exceeding the population of the United States. The aging population has brought greater demand for senior care services. According to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report, Chinese people will spend over 10 trillion yuan ($1.54 trillion) from 2016 to 2020 on senior care, increasing one percent per year. The Chinese government issued policies in its 13th Five Year Plan to further improve the senior care system, including opening up the market and encouraging private and overseas investment.

U.S. companies with more advanced products and operational experiences are appealing in the China market, especially in the following areas:

  • Healthcare – Gerontology, Rehabilitation & Chronic Diseases Care
  • Health and Wellness
  • IT – Telemedicine, Mobile Health IT, Home Health IT, Facility IT solutions, On-Demand Platform, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analysis, Wearables, Robots, Internet of Things
  • Architectural Design Services
  • Safety Technologies – Emergency Call, Floor Protection
  • Consulting Services & Training

The U.S. Consul General in Shanghai, Hanscom Smith, invites you to participate in a Direct Line Webinar along with his Economic team and local subject matter experts to discuss how your company can navigate the Chinese Senior Care market and what strategies can help win projects in China’s rapidly developing Senior Care Market.

SelectUSA Investment Summit 2016

活动名称: 2016选择美国投资峰会
时间: 2016年6月19日至21日
地点: 美国华盛顿

受邀出席2013年选择美国投资峰会的美国国际商会代表,见证了首届“Select USA 投资峰会”的受欢迎程度。当时的演讲嘉宾包括美国总统贝拉克·奥巴马 (Barack Obama) 、国务卿(Secretary of State)约翰·克里(John Kerry)、商务部长(U.S. Secretary of Commerce)佩尼·普利茨克(Penny Pritzker)、 财政部长(Secretary of the Treasury)杰克·卢(Jack Lew)和美国贸易代表(U.S. Trade Representative)迈克尔·弗洛曼(Michael Froman)等联邦政府重要高级行政官员以及来自美国及世界其他国家顶尖公司的高管。


上届选择美国投资峰会于2013年10月在美国华盛顿隆重举办,峰会贵宾满堂座无虚席,47个州以及哥伦比亚特区(District of Columbia)高官、三个美国领地的经济发展组织高官和美国国际商会(AICC)高级代表出席参加了峰会。在峰会上发言和主持会议的人士为42名政府和民间的高级代表,其中包括田纳西州(Tennessee)州长比尔·哈斯拉姆(Bill Haslam)、特拉华州(Delaware)州长杰克·马克尔(Jack Markell)、马里兰州(Maryland)州长马丁·奥马利(Martin O’Malley)、总统顾问瓦莱丽·贾勒特(Valerie Jarrett)和国家经济委员会(National Economic Council)主任吉恩·斯珀林(Gene Sperling),企业领导人有贝莱德公司(BlackRock Inc.)的劳伦斯·芬克(Laurence Fink)、彭博公司(Bloomberg LP)的丹尼尔·多克托罗夫(Daniel Doctoroff)、卡特彼勒公司(Caterpillar Inc.)的道格拉斯·奥伯黑尔曼(Douglas Oberhelman)、陶氏化学公司(Dow Chemical Company)的安德鲁·利夫利斯(Andrew Liveris)、西门子公司(Siemens Corporation)的埃里克·施皮格尔(Eric Spiegel)和沃尔玛-美国(Wal-Mart U.S.)的威廉·西蒙(William Bill Simon),首届峰会与会嘉宾多达1300余人,汇集了来自全球各地的投资人、国际商会、经济发展组织、政府官员、美国100强企业以及行业协会人士,60多家世界著名公司的高管出席了峰会。

奥巴马总统于2011年发起“选择美国”,作为美国政府的第一个促进在美国投资的举措。本次第一届峰会将联通外国公司及投资者与地方、州及地区经济发展组织。商务部部长 佩尼·普利茨克在发布的一份新闻简报中说:“我们看到的对‘选择美国投资峰会’的强烈兴趣表明国内外公司对在美国存在的投资机会兴奋不已。除了一项极好的议程外,与会者们在考虑他们的投资决定时,将能够了解可供利用的联邦政府资源。” 由于本次峰会有如此广泛的州政府参与,“这将是一个在这些公司与寻求吸引投资的社区之间牵线搭桥的绝佳机会。”

据美国商务部预测,2016年的峰会参会人数将超过3500,来自世界各地的政府官员和投资人将会给美国带来更多可以创造就业的投资,他们汇聚一堂,也将分享美国制造的真正含义。美国商务部长Penny Pritzker指出:“SelectUSA投资峰会的本质就是生意,所做的一切也都是为了加深投资人与行业的联系。我们尝试开启投资美国的第一扇大门。很明显,美国的投资环境是理想的,美国对投资的大门也是敞开的”。