2013 Big Bend Minority Enterprise Development Week
September 19, 2013
The City of Tallahassee will celebrate the 21st Annual Big Bend Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week from September 22-26. The event focuses on outstanding achievements and contributions made by small and minority businesses. It also offers workshop sessions to assist small and minority businesses with ways to improve their practices. The theme for this year's event is "Where U.S. Businesses Meet Global Opportunities."
The special week, first designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1983 and observed every year since, allows local and regional small/minority-owned businesses to celebrate the positive impact they have on the economy. MED Week also recognizes the significant support given to small and minority business development by government agencies and the corporate community.
The week will begin with a worship service at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22, at New Mt. Zion AME Church, 1401 Old Bainbridge Rd.
A series of workshops will take place throughout the day on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Florida State University's Turnbull Conference Center, 555 W. Pensacola Street. The workshops include:
- Dr. Jennifer Collins presenting "Social Media Solutions for Small Businesses" at 9 a.m.
- Christine Urban presenting "Growing Globally" at 10 a.m.
- Judy Micale presenting "Improving Communications" at 11 a.m.
- Blackmon Roberts presenting "Doing Business with FDOT" at 1:30 p.m.
On Thursday, Sept. 26, there will be a round table discussion on global marketing best practices from 9:30-11 a.m., and a one-on-one session for vendors will be held from 1:30-4 p.m.
Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation Ken Lawson will present the "State of State" at the11:30 a.m. luncheon, followed by Cassius Butts, regional administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration for Region IV, as the Jim Moran Institute Straight Up Speaker.
At Thursday's luncheon, Karen Moore of Moore Communications Group will be honored as the 2013 recipient of the Reginald L. Rolle Economic Development Champion of the Year. Additional awards will be presented to Calvin J. Singleton of Concrete Services Unlimited Inc. as the Minority Business of the Year and Christi Hale of Hale Contracting Inc. as the Woman Owned Business of the Year.
For more information on MED week, please contact the City's Minority Business Enterprise office at 891-6500.
Michele McGee, Minority Business Enterprise office, 891-6545; or Lizzy Kelley, Department of Communications, 891-8533