George Mason’s Mason Enterprise Center, as part of the Virginia SBDC and UANL are establishing the first International Sister Center partnership under the Small Business Network of the Americas

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Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson and Ambassador of Mexico to the United States Eduardo Medina Mora will deliver remarks and witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding between George Mason University and the Autonomous University of Nuevo León (UANL), February 6, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. in the Delegates Lounge at the U.S. Department of State. As leading members of Small Business Development Center (SBDC) networks, George Mason’s Mason Enterprise Center and UANL are establishing the first International Sister Center partnership under the Small Business Network of the Americas (SBNA).

As Sister Centers, George Mason and UANL will cooperate on soft landing programs for small businesses looking to establish a presence in the vicinity of Monterrey, Mexico or the Commonwealth of Virginia. George Mason will be represented by the Vice President for Global and International Strategies, Dr. Anne Schiller; UANL will be represented by Vice President for Sustainable Development, Dr. Sergio Fernandez Delgadillo. The Sister Centers will also generally support activities that promote bilateral trade, share best practices in entrepreneurial assistance, carry out faculty and student exchanges, and explore other possibilities for collaboration between SBDCs hosted by each university.

Launched in 2012 at the Sixth Summit of the Americas, SBNA is President Obama’s signature initiative to promote entrepreneurship, innovation, and small business growth in the Western Hemisphere. For more information on SBNA, see www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSFDJMbx9FE. For inquiries on SBNA, please contact SBNA@state.gov.