MBDA Opens Registration for the 29th Annual National Minority
Enterprise Development Week Conference
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
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
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,
About the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
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.
Source: Minority Business Development Agency