The Minority Enterprise Development Week Committee, in partnership with the Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality, will be hosting the 28th Annual Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week from October 21-29, 2020. The week will also feature various workshops, events, and virtual gatherings that will focus on this year’s theme, “Minority Business – On the Cutting Edge of America’s Economic Growth.” Previous MED Week gatherings have drawn hundreds of community leaders, business owners, and professionals to network and discuss strategies to move minority- and women-owned businesses further in the Big Bend.
The event will honor local business leaders in the community for their achievements throughout the year. This year, the MED Week Committee will be honoring:
- Keith Bowers of The FAMU Small Business Development Center with the Reggie Rolle Economic Development Champion Award;
- Elite Business Strategies and Princess Ousley with the Minority Business Enterprise of the Year;
- Trulieve and Kim Rivers with the Women Business Enterprise of the Year; and
- Jim Moran with the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship.
Check out this year’s schedule of events:
Wednesday, October 21 – Wednesday is Recognizing Women-Owned Businesses day! Join MED Week in supporting women-owned enterprises all day!
Friday, October 23 – Discover the hundreds of minority-owned businesses in the Big Bend! Join MED Week for Recognizing Minority-Owned Businesses day and support minority-owned enterprises all day.
The Florida Small Business Development Center at FAMU (Florida SBDC at FAMU) will be hosting a virtual Access to Capital Roundtable at 9 a.m. Representatives from local financial institutions and micro-lending programs will discuss products and services offered to small businesses to provide working capital and funds needed to stabilize and expand their businesses. To register, visit http://bit.ly/MEDCapital.
Saturday, October 24 – Support minority and women-owned food trucks safely with the MED Week Food Truck Rally! Stop by any of the MWBE food trucks to pick up delicious food.
- Smacking Good Wings Food Truck; 2033 S Adams Street; Open Saturday: 2 p.m.-7 p.m.
- King Kuisine
- King Konch; 2405 S Monroe Street; Open Saturday 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
- Mo Betta Barbecue; 3105 Apalachee Parkway; Open Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Gritz N Greenz; The Tallahassee French Country Flea Market (6007 Veterans Memorial Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32309); 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- CC’s Kitchen and Catering; 2415 W Tennessee Street; Open Saturday 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Monday, October 26 – The Tallahassee-Leon County Minority, Women and Small Business Enterprise (MWSBE) will be hosting a Continuing Services Contract for City, County and Blueprint webinar at 12 p.m. Business leaders will be assisted by MWSBE professionals to become ready for procurement opportunities. To register, visit https://fb.me/e/1aUGbhjWa.
Tuesday, October 27 – The Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce, Leon County, the Office of Economic Vitality, and Florida Blue have come together to present Mental Health and You at 9 a.m. Join us for this online event featuring NanDrycka King Albert of Hill Top Rise Consulting LLC. Help us break the stigma of mental health together. To register, visit http://bit.ly/MentalHealthandYou.
The Florida SBDC at FAMU will be hosting a virtual Government Contracting Roundtable at 10 a.m. Local, state, and federal procurement specialist will share their insights on the certification process for their respective agencies and best practices for identifying and competing for government contracting opportunities. To register, visit http://bit.ly/MEDContracting.
Following the roundtable, The Florida SBDC at FAMU will be hosting the How to Make Your Business Bankable workshop at 1 p.m. During this virtual workshop, participants will receive an in-depth look at what financial institutions consider when reviewing loan applications for small businesses. To register, visit http://bit.ly/MEDBankable.
Wednesday, October 28 – The Office of Supplier Diversity will host its virtual Tallahassee Supplier Diversity Exchange from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Exchange will include a panel discussion, networking opportunities, and one-on-one interviews. During the Business Exchange portion, small business owners can market their goods and services directly with local and state buyers at scheduled one-on-one interviews. To register, visit http://bit.ly/MEDExchange.
The Florida SBDC at FAMU will hold its virtual Cash Flow Management seminar. This event will help develop an effective cash strategy to navigate the turbulent waters of small business cash flows and cover cash budgeting, cash forecasting, and cash shortage resolution. To register, visit http://bit.ly/MEDCashFlow.
Thursday, October 29 – The City of Tallahassee will be hosting its virtual Race Relations Summit. The Summit offers an important opportunity for the community to engage in a dialogue designed to elevate the racial literacy and consciousness of individuals and organizations. Speakers include MWSBE Deputy Director Darryl Jones. To register, visit https://www.talgov.com/page/tallahasseealltogether.aspx.