Tampa Bay Minority Enterprise Development Conference (MEDWeek - 2014)
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM - Friday, August 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM (PDT)
The 2014 Tampa Bay Minority Enterprise Development Conference "Connecting Business with Opportunity" will focus on how businesses can use the connections that are made and sustain and grow in todays economy. The purpose of the conference is to enhance business opportunities while strategically developing the necessary tools for business growth.
Calendar of Events
Tuesday, August 19th
7:30 AM Registration Opens
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - CEO Panel/Breakfast - "How to leverage your relationships to expand business growth". Moderator: Dr. Cynthia Johnson, Pinellas County Economic Development, Panel: Robert Ramirez, Aero Supply USA; LJ Tucker, Tucker Enterprises Services, Inc.; Ada McFarley, Never Late Property Cleaning, LLC
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM - Seminar - Marketing for your Business - "How do your Prospective Clients/Customers know about you? Presented by: Kurt Forster - FSBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch with a Purpose; Leadership with Passion - Dr. Jomo Cousins - Pastor of Love First Christian Center, Motivational Speaker, Corporate Trainer & Business Owner. Using the qualities of self-motivation and dedication to help inspire and motivate his audiences to ensure that they take their business to the highest level of success. Don't Miss out on this one......
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Seminar - Pricing for Profit - Presenters: Charles Young, Young & Sons, Albert Lee, Tampa Bay BBIC
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM - From Professional Athlete to Business Owner - Making the Transition - Moderator: Gregory Hart, Panel: Frank Oliver, NFL Buffalo Bills; Secedrick McIntyre, NFL Dallas Cowboys; Darryl Talley, NFL Buffalo Bills; George Tinsley, New York Nets - Former Professional athletes who are actively engaged in operating/growing their respective for-profit business will share lessons learned from their individual unique journey.
4:45 PM - 8:00 PM MED Conference Reception and Retail Business Showcase - Connecting Businesses with Opportunities "Keeping your Community Growing". Exhibit booth displaying various minority businesses and local Chamber of Commerce groups. For information on booth rental contact - Lynette Darrell 813-228-4623
Wednesday, August 20th
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM - 2014 Energy Summit: Shining Light on the Energy Industry: Understanding the Current Landscape and Future Trends and Opportunities. Utility companies and their diverse and prime suppliers all share the responsibility to produce and deliver energy that is reliable, affordable and increasingly clean. The panel of key energy industry leaders will be discussing market trends and related business opportunites within the industry. Presented by: Duke Energy (Continental Breakfast)
10:15 AM - 11:45 PM Seminar - Financing when it makes "CENTS" - Presenter: Eric Sharpe, Wells Fargo Business Banking Manager
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Leadership with a Purpose - Dr. Ken Atwater - Hillsborough Community College
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM - Seminar - Nuances of Government Contracting - "You've been awarded a Contract, now what?" - Moderator: Desiree Hanson, Moffitt Cancer Center; Panel: Thomas Van Horn, U S Small Business Administration; Derrick Williams, Department of Veterans Affairs; Nelson Escribano, MacDill Air Force Base; Benjamin Ellis, Ellis & Ellis Associates, Inc.
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM - Construction - Taking advantage of current opportunities - Moderator: Mike Garner; Panel: Thomas Huggins, The Beck Group; Rodney Renix, Skanska; Jonathan Graham, Horus Construction Services, Inc.; John Zemina; Kimmins,
Thursday, August 21st
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM cnFMSDC West Coast Chapter Meeting Host: TECO Energy, Inc.
9:30 AM - 11:45 AM Business Matchmaker Expo - Sponsored by TECO Energy, Inc. - Meet Industry Experts, Purchasing Agents, Supplier Diversity Professionals to discuss future business opportunities. Contact: Lynette Darrell 813-228-4623
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM Minority Enterprise Development Awards Luncheon - Guest Speaker - Rod Robinson, Founder & CEO - ConnXus, Inc. ConnXus is now drawing national attention as a transformational model for Supplier Diversity and matching the needs of corporate procurement with capable diverse suppliers. More information about our speaker can be found at www.connxus.com -
Who will be the Minority Business of the Year Award Winners - Come out and see who will win the Minority Business of the Year for Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk County and Who will win the "Advocacy Award for 2014". Will it be you or your business.... You don't want to miss out on this event......
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Business Matchmaker Expo (Resumes) - Sponsored by TECO Energy, Inc. - Meet Industry Experts, Purchasing Agents, Supplier Diversity Professionals to discuss future business opportunities. Contact: Lynette Darrell 813-228-4623
Friday, August 22nd
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Minority Business Showcase Bus Tour - Sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank - Coordinator: Machelle Maner - *Corporate Purchasing Agents/Buyers & Supplier Diversity Professionals Only*
Sheraton Tampa East Hotel
10221 Princess Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL 33610
Room Rates: $99.00 - Governement
$129.00 MED Week Rate - Call Zoraida Velazquez - 813-371-5900
When & Where
Minority Enterprise Development Corporation Planning Committee
The mission of MED Corp is to insure the coordination and continued success of MED Conference activities in the Tampa Bay Area. The event includes a business matchmaker and trade show and seminars on topics such as establishing relationships with buyers, how to do business with government and the private sector and other valuable sustaining business topics.