(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 annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Aspiring doctor hopes to change medical attitudes toward obesity-related ailments
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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