(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
State Rep. Diego Bernal presents a Q&A panel discussion with MALDEF, RAICES and DMCA Immigration Law Firm about DACA and the current state of affairs for Dreamers. Opening remarks by Congressman Joaquin Castro and Congressman Lloyd Doggett.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Auditorium (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
Come out and enjoy breakfast and beverages at the Official UTSA Tailgate in Albuquerque as our Roadrunners take on the New Mexico Lobos at the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. The official UTSA tailgate will be located in Fan Fest in the University Stadium Parking Lot, Stadium East.
University Stadium parking lot, Albuquerque, NM
Graduates from the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, College of Business, College of Education and Human Development and the College of Public Policy will participate in the first commencement ceremony. President Romo will deliver the keynote address.
Graduates from the College of Engineering, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, College of Sciences and University College will participate in the second commencement ceremony. President Romo will deliver the keynote address.
UTSA's Department of Music hosts Dr. David Huron from Ohio State University as part of the Donald Hodges lecture series. Huron is a Canadian arts and humanities distinguished professor at Ohio State University.
John Peace Library, UTSA Faculty Center, (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
The Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion annually hosts a Volunteer Opportunities Fair to allow students, faculty and staff to learn about volunteer and service-learning opportunities in the San Antonio area.
University Center, 1st floor corridor, Main Campus
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