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  • Stealth fighter jets, guns, rockets: Lockheed, Northrop, Raytheon attract $1.6B in defense work to Orlando

    Senior attorneys who’ve given some thought to questions of inclusion at a number of AmLaw 100 firms in Miami agree: Most of the diversity in large firms is at their lower levels. That goes for both women and ethnic and racial minorities.

    Big work is ahead for companies in metro Orlando, thanks to five military contracts totaling more than $1.6 billion. And that’s good news not only for the firms that got the award directly, but also for area subcontractors.

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  • Focus on Inclusion Feed Minority, Gender Diversity at Law Firms in Florida

    Senior attorneys who’ve given some thought to questions of inclusion at a number of AmLaw 100 firms in Miami agree: Most of the diversity in large firms is at their lower levels. That goes for both women and ethnic and racial minorities.

    “I have seen so many women that are talented and so many people of color leave the AmLaw 100 because of perceived barriers that are really a lack of inclusiveness that allows them to feel nurtured and satisfied within their careers,” said Duane Morris partner Lida Rodriguez-Taseff in Miami.

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  • MBDA to Award More Than $11 Million For Innovative Proposals

    Agency Releases FY 2018 Broad Agency Announcement, Funding Grants for Minority Business Development

    WASHINGTON (June 12, 2018) —Today, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) within the Department of Commerce launched a search for innovative ideas to benefit minority-owned businesses, from projects that increase access to capital to resources that increase disaster preparedness and relief. MBDA’s Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is designed to solicit proposals that will positively impact minority-owned businesses and the communities they serve.

    MBDA expects to award up to $11.65 million in grants to fund and implement innovative projects across the country.

    “Under the Trump Administration, the economy has seen unparalleled expansion while unemployment has fallen to the lowest level in nearly 50 years,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “Minority business enterprises play a key role in our expanding economy as they not only provide over seven million jobs in the United States but also contribute billions to the national GDP.”

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  • Congratulations to Anderson & Assocaites, P.A. Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!

  • Northrop Grumman's Space Coast unit wins dual Hawkeye contracts worth $81.2M

    Northrop Grumman Corp. is closing out the week with two more contracts its Advance Hawkeye military aircraft, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Defense.

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  • Congratulations to Ana Maria Lowry with A & P International, Inc. awarded 2018 CEO of The Year by Orlando Business Journal

  • Where Orlando leads and lags for Hispanic entrepreneurs

    Orlando is among the top 25 spots on a list measuring Hispanic entrepreneurship rates.

    Half a dozen cities – Tampa, Miami and Fort Lauderdale; Charleston, West Virginia; Burlington, Vermont; and South Burlington – have the highest number of Hispanic-own firms, adjusted for the Hispanic population, according to WalletHUB.

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  • Another success story! Congrats to Life & Sign Designs on awarded contract with one FDBC proud corporate member Massey Services.

  • National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce chooses Tampa for 2019 convention

    The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce has chosen Tampa to host its 2019 convention.

    While Philadelphia will be hosting next year’s NGLCC convention, Tampa will be the location for the 2019 event, which is estimated to have an economic impact of $2.1 million. Some 2,450 hotel rooms are expected to be booked, including 700 on the peak night.

    The 2019 convention in Tampa will run from Aug. 13 to Aug. 16.

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  • Skanska seeks subcontractors for UCF Downtown, more...

    Skanska USA Building Inc. is seeking subcontractors, project managers and others to work on the $74 million Dr. Phillips Academic Commons building in UCF Downtown as well as additional projects.

    The general contractor is rolling out a program called Construction Management Building Blocks, which will focus on how small, minority, women-owned business contractor firms can do business with Skanska.

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  • “Billion Dollar Roundtable” Now Includes LGBT, Disability, and Veteran-Owned Businesses in Corporate Supply Chains

    Washington, DC – The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community, and the USBLN (US Business Leadership Network), the disability inclusion business resource, are pleased to share that The Billion Dollar Roundtable voted to expand their criteria of diverse businesses counted toward a corporation’s billion dollar supply chain spend on diverse-owned businesses to include: certified LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs), Disability-Owned Business Enterprises (DOBEs®), Service-Disabled Veteran Disability-Owned Business Enterprises (SDV-DOBE™) and Veteran-Disability Owned Business Enterprises (V-DOBEs™). Click here for more info…

  • Congratulations to the 1st FDBC graduates from our Customized Business Coaching Program

    The Florida Diversity Business Council is please to present Julio Verdecia , President of Universal Window Coverings, Inc. and Luis Lacostte, President of F.W. Designs, LLC as our first graduates of the Customized Business Coaching Program nominated by our Business Consultant/Business Coach Ana Maria Lowry with A&P International. Congratulations on your achievement and best wishes for your continued success.