WASHINGTON (November 9, 2016) – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency is participating in the first-ever Essence Festival in Durban, South Africa, November 8-13. Designed to be a sister event to the annual Essence Festival held in New Orleans, Essence Durban sets its sights on global entrepreneurship for all women.
MBDA has supported the annual Essence Festival in New Orleans for the past two years through business development workshops and this year’s highly successful Money + Power Entrepreneurship Village. As part of MBDA’s mission to strengthen ties in global markets, the Essence Festival in Durban will provide access to a flourishing business community and allow the agency to promote global partnerships with its network of U.S. minority-owned businesses.
“We’re excited to have the opportunity to share our resources and expertise with our partners at Essence while building our international network in South Africa,” said MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo.