Energy Department Announces New National Laboratory Collaborations with 38 Small Businesses

Washington, DC – April 21,at Earth Day Texas 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the 38 small businesses that will collaborate with national lab researchers through the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. SBV facilitates access to the DOE national labs for American small businesses, enabling them to tap into the intellectual and technical resources they need to overcome critical technology challenges for their advanced energy products and gain a global competitive advantage. Eight DOE national laboratories will receive funding to partner with 38 competitively selected small businesses across the country.

“Small businesses are the engine of our economy, and those working on advanced energy technologies play an important role in ensuring our nation’s energy security and independence,” said Energy Secretary Rick Perry during his remarks at Earth Day Texas. “The Small Business Vouchers program is a great example of how DOE’s innovative public-private collaborations are ensuring our investments in DOE national labs are maintaining and strengthening U.S. competitiveness long-term.”

In the first two rounds of the program, 12 DOE national labs received funding to partner with 76 small businesses. With today’s announcement, SBV will have forged partnerships between 114 American small businesses and the national labs. A full list of SBV projects and participating DOE national labs is available at http://www.SBV.org.

The eight DOE national laboratories participating in the new round of collaborations are home to some of the most advanced, cutting edge facilities in the world, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, Argonne National Laboratory’s Prototype Cell Fabrication Facility, and Sandia National Laboratories’ Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility.

Small businesses developing advanced technologies often need unique facilities and experts to test, develop, and validate their innovative products. DOE national labs house these capabilities, but accessing the labs is a challenge most small businesses can’t overcome. SBV facilitates access to the DOE national labs for qualified small businesses by making the contracting process simple, lab practices transparent, and the labs’ unique facilities available.

DOE labs participating in the new round of collaboration include: Argonne National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and Savannah River National Laboratory.  

Free Webinar on the Education Landscapes in Nigeria and Ghana

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Register for Free Webinar on the Education Landscapes in Nigeria and Ghana

Tuesday, May 9th from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Overview
Is your school interested in recruiting more students from Sub-Sahara Africa? If you seek to diversify your student body, increase enrollment and want more information about how to connect with students from West Africa, this webinar is for you.

Webinar Information
Learn from the US Commercial Service and EducationUSA specialists about higher education systems, current market trends and typical student profiles from Nigeria and Ghana.

Find out what opportunities are available for U.S higher education institutions, including the upcoming Education Recruitment Tours to Nigeria and Ghana in September 2017.

Why Nigeria?
This market is the largest country in Sub-Saharan Africa, both in terms of the economy and the population. One-fifth of Nigeria’s population is between the ages of 15 and 24, creating significant demand for higher education opportunities. As the demand cannot be met domestically, students are searching for international opportunities. Education fairs will be held in both Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria.

Why Ghana?
Ghana has experienced a decade of sustained economic growth, and its education expenditure relative to income is double the average for the African continent. These factors, coupled with the fact that English is the primary language of instruction, sets Ghana as the second largest sender of students to the United States. U.S. schools will participate in an education fair in Accra, in addition briefings, meetings, and networking events.

USCIS to issue redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

The new redesigned Green Cards and EADs

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it will be introducing a redesign to the Permanent Resident Cards commonly known as a Green Cards and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project.

Te new cards will be issued beginning May 1, 2017.

The new designs will include enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features making the cards highly secure and more tamper-resistant than the ones currently in use.

The USCIS said that the new card designs demonstrate USCIS’ commitment to continue taking a proactive approach against the threat of document tampering and fraud. They are also part of an ongoing effort between USCIS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to enhance document security and deter counterfeiting and fraud.

The new Green Cards and EADs will:
Display the individual’s photos on both sides;

Show a unique graphic image and color palette:

Green Cards will have an image of the Statue of Liberty and a predominately green palette;

EAD cards will have an image of a bald eagle and a predominately red palette;

Have embedded holographic images; and

No longer display the individual’s signature.

Also, Green Cards will no longer have an optical stripe on the back.

Some individuals might still receive the older version of the Green Cards and EADs even after May 1, 2017 as USCIS uses up existing card stock until current supplies are depleted.

Both the existing and the new Green Cards and EADs will remain valid until the expiration date shown on the card.

According to the USCIS, both versions are acceptable for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, E-Verify, and Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE).

Some older Green Cards do not have an expiration date. These older Green Cards without an expiration date remain valid. Individuals who have Green Cards without an expiration date may want to consider applying for a replacement card bearing an expiration date.

Obtaining the replacement card will reduce the likelihood of fraud or tampering if the card is ever lost or stolen.

Buy American, Hire American

On Tuesday, April 18th, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order aimed at strengthening and enforcing his “Buy American, Hire American” agenda.

President Trump visited Snap-on Tools in Kenosha, WI to tour the facility and deliver remarks highlighting his Administration’s commitment to helping American workers. The President told those in attendance, “I am proud to announce that we are about to take bold new steps to follow through on my pledge to buy American and hire American.”

The President’s Executive Order sends a clear message to the world, that his presidency will always defend American workers, American jobs, and American interests. Speaking to the many Wisconsin residents and Snap-on Tools employees, President Trump declared that “the policy of our government is to promote the use of American-made goods and to help ensure that American labor is hired to do the job.”

The President was joined by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Senator Ron Johnson, and his Chief of Staff and Kenosha native Reince Priebus. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and Education Secretary DeVos also joined the President at Snap-on Tools.

President Trump is committed to fighting for American workers all across the country, and this Executive Order is one more step toward fulfilling that commitment. “We believe American projects should be made with American goods.”

2017 FIME International Medical Trade Fair – Florida

AUGUST 8-10, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 05:00 PMORANGE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER, ORLANDO, FLORIDA

The Florida International Medical Expo – FIME – now in its 27th year is the largest medical trade fair across the Americas.

The exhibition will welcome over 22,000 medical and trade professionals from North, Central and South America, as well as international professionals to do business with 1,500+ national and international companies showcasing new and refurbished medical and hospital equipment, technology, products and supplies.

Alongside the exhibition, FIME 2017 also introduces:

Dealer & Distributor Wall
A dedicated wall onsite and now an online, digital platform offering dealers / distributors / agents the opportunity to publicise the products / services they are seeking, with their contact info. Exhibitors in possession of the products / services sought after can then get in touch directly to arrange a meeting onsite.

MEDLAB Americas
Welcoming MEDLAB to FIME, a proven successful exhibition and conference model on an international scale. With year-on-year growth within the MEDLAB portfolio, from the Middle East, to Asia and Africa, MEDLAB Americas comes into play to satisfy the incessant demand for a broad medical laboratory expo in the Americas.

CME-accredited Conferences
Offering 3 multi-disciplinary conference tracks in the field of laboratory medicine and diagnostics, focusing specifically on Clinical Microbiology, Point of Care Testing (POCT) and Haematology.

Seminars
Specifically designed to educate and inform dealers / distributors / agents on how to monetize their medical device marketing and thus sales, and maintain consistent with medical device access and regulation. Combined with a dedicated focus on 3D printing and technological innovations to enable profitable patient outcomes.

This year, FIME will be hosted at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida from August 8-10, 2017.

PROCESS EXPO 2017

Start Date: 2017-09-19
End Date: 2017-09-22
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

PROCESS EXPO, is the nation’s largest trade show for all segments of the food and beverage industry. Occurring only once every two years, PROCESS EXPO will take place September 19-22, 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

Produced by FPSA, PROCESS EXPO is the nation’s largest trade show dedicated to bringing the latest technology and integrated solutions to all segments of the food and beverage industry.

Processors gain a competitive advantage with the innovative technology on the show floor, where food processing and packaging experts demonstrate their machines and products. Both veterans and those new to food and beverage processing get training on food safety, trends, leadership, and more.

Some 19,000 attendees representing the full spectrum of food manufacturing are expected to attend, along with some 600 food processing and packaging equipment exhibitors from the dairy, meat/poultry/seafood, beverage, bakery, prepared foods, confectionary and pet foods sectors.

PROCESS EXPO is a participant in the 2017 International Buyer IBP Select Program.

Private Exporters Report Sales Activity for China

WASHINGTON, Mar. 30, 2017—Private exporters reported to the U.S. Department of Agriculture export sales of 165,000 metric tons of soybeans for delivery to China during the 2017/2018 marketing year.

The marketing year for soybeans began Sept. 1.

USDA issues both daily and weekly export sales reports to the public. Exporters are required to report to USDA any export sales activity of 100,000 tons or more of one commodity, made in one day or quantities totaling 200,000 tons or more in any reporting period, except 20,000 tons for soybean oil, made in one day to one destination or quantities totaling 40,000 tons or more in any reporting period, by 3:00 p.m. Eastern time on the next business day following the sale. Export sales of less than these quantities must be reported to USDA on a weekly basis.