(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 conference is dedicated to sharing recent knowledge and experiences gained in the area of Big Data by researchers in academia, industry and the government sectors within the areas of business, national security, infrastructure, healthcare and visualization.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, via webcast, will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during CHINA Town Hall, an 80-city live discussion and Q&A on China and Sino-American relations.
Building Building, Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
The African American Studies program proudly presents William "Cruz" Shaw, San Antonio City Councilman and UTSA Alumnus. Event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The graduate fair is an opportunity for the UTSA student body and local San Antonio community to learn about graduate education opportunities. The event is free and open to the public.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104), Main Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA students to "Pizza With The Prez." Come grab a slice of pizza and take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President. Pizza while supplies last.
Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons Area, Downtown Campus
The UTSA Confucius Institute hosts this lecture series on China's Green Movement with Liu Jianqiang, investigative reporter and former Beijing editor for chinadialogue, and Gary Marcuse, Canadian journalist and documentary filmmaker.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 2.01.12), Main Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA faculty and staff to "Tacos With Taylor." Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President at any one of these casual meet and greets.
Biotechnology, Science and Engineering Building atrium, Main Campus
The College of Engineering Student Council and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce host this fun and education event. Erika Camacho is the keynote speaker. Children and families are welcome.
East Campus Parking Lot, Valero Way, Main Campus
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