MBDA Opens Registration for the 29th Annual National Minority Enterprise Development Week Conference

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    Aug. 29, 2011 10:30 UTC

    MBDA Opens Registration for the 29th Annual National Minority
    Enterprise Development Week Conference

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    WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
    The Minority Business Development Agency, in partnership with the U.S.
    Small Business Administration, today announced the opening of
    registration for the 2011 Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED
    Week) Conference, which will be held Sept. 27-30 at the Marriott Wardman
    Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. The theme of this year?s conference is Emerging
    Industries and Markets: A Blueprint for Success,
    and the 3-day event
    will spotlight trends and opportunities for participating businesses.

    ?Minority-owned firms are a significant source of job creation in this
    country, and MED Week offers them an unparalleled opportunity to learn
    how to grow their business, network with other firms, and expose
    themselves to decision makers,? said MBDA National Director David A.
    Hinson. ?MED Week is more important than ever before as minority-owned
    firms are seen as a valuable asset and significant source of economic
    growth for the country.?

    Keynote speakers will include Secretary of the Department of Health and
    Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Secretary for Housing and Urban
    Development Shaun Donovan.

    New this year, the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA) ?
    the premiere international organization serving the middle market
    mergers and acquisitions profession ? will conduct an executive
    education-style session. Corporate executives from Honda, General
    Motors, Chrysler, Northrop-Grumman, Raytheon and Lockheed will also host
    industry specific workshops aimed at increasing supplier diversity,
    focused on the aerospace, defense and automotive industries. Sessions on
    high-speed rail construction projects, public utilities and green
    business will be offered as well.

    Other conference highlights include Embassy-sponsored market access
    receptions and the Business-to-Business Expo featuring matchmaking
    sessions and power learning roundtables. The annual National MED Week
    Awards Gala will close out the conference, with the nation?s top firms
    receiving recognition for their business success and economic impact on
    their communities.

    Recognized as the nation?s premier event for minority entrepreneurs and
    business owners, the MED Week Conference attracts minority businesses of
    all sizes from all industry sectors across the country. Participants
    will have opportunities to network and learn about new contracting,
    financing and global growth opportunities from both federal government
    agencies and private corporations. This year?s program will also offer
    minority entrepreneurs access to the policy makers, program managers,
    financial lenders and procurement officers who often impact business
    success.

    Helping to make the 2011 MED Week Conference possible is a host of
    corporate sponsors, including top tier sponsors: AT&T, IBM, Raytheon
    Company, United Technologies Corporation, Wal-Mart, Deltek/INPUT,
    Northrop-Grumman and Tremco Incorporated. Media partners playing a
    significant role in promoting the conference include: Asian Fortune,
    Minority Business News-USA, Minority Business Entrepreneur, LatinaStyle,
    Minority Enterprise Advocate, The Black EOE Journal, Hispanic Network,
    Professional Woman?s Magazine, MBEConnect and Blackanomics on Sirius/XM.

    For more information about the MED Week conference and to register,
    visit www.medweek.gov.

    About the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

    MBDA, www.mbda.gov,
    an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, promotes the growth
    and global competitiveness of the minority business community, making
    them better equipped to create jobs, impact local economies and compete
    successfully in domestic and global marketplaces. With a nationwide
    network of business centers and strategic partners, MBDA assists
    minority entrepreneurs and business owners with consulting services,
    contract and financing opportunities, bonding and certification
    services, building business-to-business alliances and executive training.

    Contacts

    MBDA Public Affairs
    Bridget Gonzales, 202-482-6272
    Website:
    www.mbda.gov
    Fax:
    202-219-8809
    Email: public_affairs@mbda.gov

    Source: Minority Business Development Agency