Minority Enterprise Development Week

October 14 - October 17 / 4:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
10/14/18 4:00 AM 10/17/18 12:00 PM America/Chicago Minority Enterprise Development Week Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, US
Event Location: 
Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78701
United States

Celebrating National Minority Enterprise Development Week
Since 1983, every president has issued a Presidential Proclamation designating a National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week to recognize the contributions of the minority business community to the U.S. economy. For more than 30 years, MBDA has led the National MED WEEK program to convene minority business leaders, government officials, corporate executives, and thought leaders; honor outstanding MBEs and advocates; promote business opportunities; and report industry trends. This year President Trump has proclaimed National MED Week October 22 – 28, 2017.

In recognition of the 2017 National MED, MBDA will host a series of workshops and seminars focused on federal programs. MBDA will also recognize the National MED Week award winners during the conference.

MBDA Mission
For more than 45 years, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) has led Federal Government efforts to provide support to our nation’s fastest growing business sector –Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs). With more than 8 million minority-owned firms operating in the United States, MBDA serves as a catalyst to ensure the continued growth and global competitiveness of MBEs. Our programs and initiatives are focused on providing increased access to capital, contracts, and markets.

MBDA Business Centers
MBDA provides a broad range of business development services to minority business owners through its nationwide network of business centers. Over the past 10 years, MBDA Business Centers have secured more than $40B in contracts and capital for MBEs in every business sector.

This one-of-a-kind event features:

  • Thousands of corporate executives, procurement professionals and Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners
  • More than 20 targeted sessions and workshops
  • A one-day Business Opportunity Exchange with more than
    700 exhibit booths
  • Matchmakers (By Appointment Only)
  • A black-tie Awards Banquet
  • Endless opportunities to network, network, network!