For Immediate Release
June 18, 2022
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Luisa Martinez
Sonshine Communications

(BPRW) MBDA Export Academy Launched in Florida

Small, minority, veteran and women-owned enterprises can access the Academy’s diverse curriculum free of cost

(Black PR Wire) Miami, FL – On Wednesday, June 8, the Florida Minority Business Development Agency Export Center, operated by M. Gill & Associates, Inc., hosted the virtual launch of the new and exciting Florida MBDA Export Academy. The virtual event officially launched the Academy’s website and gave an overview of the Academy’s training modules, faculty and export resources.

The Florida MBDA Export Academy, unique in its kind, is an exceptional opportunity for small, minority, veteran and women-owned business enterprises to obtain export-ready training and connect with technical assistance professionals and potential government and commercial partners. This exciting educational and innovative resource is an initiative of M. Gill & Associates and is funded by the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. “All faculty members provided their informational videos and training decks at no cost to us, so that this wonderful program can be provided entirely free of cost to registered members,” said Marie Gill, Founder & CEO of M. Gill & Associates, Inc.

“The Florida MBDA Export Academy was created to provide small, minority, veteran and women-owned businesses with the international trade and export training tools to support their development, growth and profitability in the global economy,” Gill said. “This online Academy is filling a void, whereby new-to-export businesses are now able to get real-time information from industry experts and immediate access to critical resources that every exporter needs in order to operate and compete in the international arena effectively.”

The comprehensive curriculum is available, on-demand, and includes 12 training modules with tools and presentations from thought leaders, industry experts, successful MBEs, international trade agencies, government export resources, chambers of commerce and various domestic and international agencies. At the end of the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion with applicable CEUs. The benefits of this Academy are well worth the investment of time.

Course modules include: 

  • Trade agreements
  • Global market identification and penetration
  • Export Logistics – Direct & Indirect Export Channels
  • International and legal regulations for exporters
  • Development of export marketing plans
  • Export insurance, financing and bonding resources
  • Business etiquette & intercultural considerations
  • Deal making & sourcing of exporting opportunities.
  • Practical Tools for Exporting
  • Pricing, quotations & methods of payment  

Registered members of the Academy will receive:

  • On-Demand - Opportunity to learn at their own pace
  • Access to trade resources (legal, financial, marketing strategies, etc.)
  • Access to follow-up technical assistance
  • Access to procurement opportunities
  • Potential Matchmaking Opportunities with government and commercial partners
  • Certificate of Completion

To learn more about the Florida MBDA Export Academy, to view the virtual launch, or to register and discover a host of resources to help with your export development and growth, visit

Get ready to learn, connect and trade!

About M. Gill & Associates, Inc.

Gill & Associates, Inc. is a management and economic development consulting firm that was founded by Jamaican entrepreneur, Marie R. Gill, 32 years ago. Based in Miami and serving Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the company has become a global brand, with partnerships throughout North America, the Caribbean, Latin America and various African countries. A 22-year veteran of Federal Contracting and Minority Business Development, M. Gill operates the Florida MBDA Export Center – the Miami MBDA Business Center and the MBDA Coronavirus Response & Relief Program that is helping in the COVID-19 Business Recovery process for small and minority firms throughout Florida. In return for operating the City of Miami’s Small Business Center, the City of Miami is a cost-share strategic partner, providing office space and marketing support for the MBDA programs. Funding for these programs is provided by the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. All of its MBDA-funded programs provide technical assistance, managerial coaching, capacity building, entrepreneurship training, and export development services, free of cost to assist small and minority businesses to scale, increase revenues and investments, create and retain jobs, and expand into new and global markets.

For more information on M. Gill & Associates and its MBDA Programs, please contact 305-576-7888; email or visit or or