The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) will host its annual National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week virtual conference on September 19 - 25. The event's agenda includes an on-demand fireside chat by FLC Executive Director Paul Zielinski focused on the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR and STTR) programs and the FLC.
Abstract: SBIR and STTR programs fund critical firm startup and development stages and encourage the commercialization of the technology, product, or service, which, in turn, stimulates the U.S. economy. Hear about the Small Business Association's (SBA's) important collaboration with the Federal Laboratory Consortium and where to go for more resources. Attend if you are interested in collaboration with federal scientists; would like access to federal technologies through agreements; or would like to use federal laboratory facilities.
The MED Week conference celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of minority-owned companies and presents informational sessions and programming; offering interactive networking sessions to generate new connections and fresh perspectives. MED Week also features an awards ceremony where individuals and organizations are honored for exceptional commitments and contributions to minority business growth. In fact, the MED Week Awards are the highest national recognition an minority-owned firm can receive from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
This year, President Joe Biden will issue a proclamation declaring September 19 - 25, 2021, as 'National Minority Enterprise Development Week'. The National MED Week conference theme: “Reimagining Opportunity: Building Back Better, Together!” promotes a spectacular synergy between the President’s vision of economic equality for all Americans, and the expanded access to business capital, public contracting, strategic private commercial partnerships, and new market penetration by minority businesses which are inherently necessary to achieve the Administration’s objective.