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Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week 2011

By TiffaniC, SBA Official
Published: August 30, 2011 Updated: August 30, 2011

Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week 2011 By Tiffani S. Clements

Are you a minority-business owner looking to grow your business? Are you seeking to, network with other minority businesses? Do you desire to become certified as a minority-owned business and get a piece of the more than $400 billion federal contracting pie?

If the answer to any of these questions is: “Yes, “the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has great news for you!

On September 27-30, the SBA will partner with the Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to host the 29th National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C.

MED Week provides a platform for minority-owned businesses – large and small to learn about business growth strategies, receive premier training, and gain networking opportunities to help grow their businesses. The conference also will offer business owners good information on weathering the current economic climate. Most important, this year’s MED Week will focus on expanding business internationally into emerging markets in China, Africa, Latin America, India and elsewhere.

To top it all off, some participants will be recognized for their outstanding accomplishments and leadership with awards, including the Minority Small Business Person of the Year.

What is MED Week?

MED Week, is the largest federally sponsored event held on behalf of minority businesses. The theme for this year’s event is: Emerging Industries & Markets: A Blueprint for Success.” Some things to look forward to at this year’s event include:

  • SBA Administrator Karen Mills’ keynote address, where she will announce SBA’s the Administrator’s Leadership Award recipient;
  • Welcome Reception;
  • Business Expo and Trade show;
  • Workshops on access to SBA’s lending programs and access to contracts through the Small Business Jobs Act;
  • Global networking receptions at the embassies for the U.S., Brazil and India;
  • Workshops on growing your business through social media and access to contracts through federal Mentor-Protégé programs;
  • Roundtable on, “Doing Business with the Government,” to discuss government contracting opportunities for small businesses;
  • Small Business Town Hall on the Small Business Jobs Act;
  • Industry focus sessions on manufacturing, construction and the green economy; And
  • Award ceremonies.

Who attends MED Week?

MED Week brings together global trade organizations, international financial institutions, federal agencies, Fortune 100 corporations and non-profit organizations that are geared toward job creation, economic expansion and export promotion. It also brings many of the nation’s top minority-owned and minority-operated businesses together in one place.

Prior MED Week Participants

Notable past participants and speakers at previous MED Week conferences include: Vice President Joe Biden (White House Reception 2009) and NBA Hall of Famer, Earvin “Magic” Johnson (2009), Ambassador Susan C. Schwab, US Trade Representative (2008), Kwame Jackson, first runner up of the first season of NBC’s “Apprentice” reality show (2004 & 2005), David Graham Du Bois, the stepson of WEB Dubois, renowned civil rights leader and scholar, accepted a posthumous award on behalf of his father (2003), Vice President Dick Cheney (2003) Secretary of State, Colin Powell (2002), White House Chief-of-Staff, Andrew Card (2002), White House Senior Advisor, Karl Rove (2001) and former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill (2002).

How Can I Attend?

More information about the MED Week 2011 conference can be found online along with information on how to register for the event, visit the Web site at: www.medweek.gov.

About the Author:

Tiffani Clements

SBA Official

I'm a Public Affairs Specialist in the Office of Communication & Public Liasion and the media liaison for SBA's Office of Government Contracting.


Will MED week take place in 2012? I'd like to attend it if there is such chance.

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