(Oct. 18, 2011) -- With the theme "Emerging Industries and Markets: A Blueprint for Success," Minority Enterprise Development Week 2011 (or MED Week) is dedicated to recognizing outstanding minority entrepreneurs and advocates, as well as supporting the small business community. Read the agenda of the week's events running Oct. 17-20.)
The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center (formerly the Minority Business Enterprise Center) is one of 11 centers and programs comprising The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development. MED Week events include a reception to recognize and introduce this year's winners and a workshop on the logistics of establishing and operating a business.
The main event of the week is the MED Week Awards luncheon Thursday, Oct. 21 at the Granthem Center, Tripoint, 3233 N. St. Mary's St.). To make reservations for the ticketed event, call 210-458-2480.
"MED Week celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding minority entrepreneurs and leaders and provides a platform for small and minority-owned businesses to learn about business growth strategies, receive premier training and enjoy networking opportunities," said Orestes Hubbard, director of the MBDA Business Center and the local host of the annual event.
This year's 12 MED Week honorees come from several industries including financial, IT, health care and construction. Each has a story to tell, and we will get to hear from them during several events.
MED Week is sponsored nationally by the U.S. Commerce Department's Minority Business Development Agency and the Small Business Administration. Locally, the UTSA Institute for Economic Development and SBA District Office are program organizers. View a full schedule of MED Week events.
2011 MED Week honorees
Minority Emerging Global Firm of the Year: Merko Group LLC
Minority Emerging Sustainable Firm of the Year: Milcon Construction LLC
Minority IT Firm of the Year: Intellica Corporation
Minority Emerging Firm of the Year: FARR Builders
Minority Federal Contractor of the Year: Dependable Health Services Inc.
Minority Service Firm of the Year: Osirus Inc.
Minority Entrepreneur of the Year: Bill "Clark" Kent, BTL Technologies
Regional Access to Capital Award: Liquid Capital
SBA 8(a) Graduate of the Year: Zeitgeist Wellness Group
SBA 8(a) Firm of the Year: Milcon Construction
MBDA Executive Director's Award: Small Business Academy
The UTSA East Asia Institute will host Consul General Tetsuro Amano of the Consulate General of Japan in Houston to give a lecture entitled "The Japan – U.S. Relations: Present and Future--What Lies Ahead for Japan and the U.S."
Business Building (BB 1.01.15), Main Campus
The 12th annual Law School Fair at UTSA is an excellent resource for students to speak with representatives from American Bar Association approved law schools and learn about admissions, financing, course offerings, student life, and program reputation. The event is free and open to anyone planning to attend law school.
McKinney Humanities Galleria, Main Campus
The night begins with an astronomy themed lecture in lecture hall 2.02.02 of the Flawn Science Building on the UTSA Main Campus. The lecture is given at a middle-school student level and allows discussion of recent topics in astronomy and space. After the lecture, guests will climb to the roof for some stargazing at the Curtis Vaughan Jr. Observatory.
Flawn Science Building (FLN 2.02.02), Main Campus
UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Houston's Russian Children's Theater presents "Wonderful Journey of Nils Holgerson"
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ART 2.03.02B), Main Campus
Take Back the Night is an international initiative to end violence. The event begins with banner making, followed by a march, presentations and poetry reading.
Sombrilla, Main Campus
The Graduate School is hosting a panel discussion for all of our current students, alumni and members of the San Antonio community who are interested in learning more about graduate education.
Graduate School and Research Building (GSR 1.204), Main Campus
The annual UTSA Graduate fair gives students an opportunity to meet representatives who can provide the information on admission requirements, fellowship opportunities, and other key information.
University Center, Main Campus
A recruiter will speak to potential candidates for the Archer program. The Archer program has helped students land successful careers in public service.
Durango Building (DB 2.208), Downtown Campus
Canadian scholar Jasmin Hristov will present a lecture on paramilitarism, complex type of politically-motivated violence in different parts of Latin America. This presentation will explain paramilitary violence as a tool of economic globalization.
Buena Vista St. Bldg., Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Engineering Technology Symposium showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines including engineering, science and business. The public is invited.
H-E-B UC Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
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