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A week-long series of educational, outreach and recognition events that commemorate the achievements of MWBEs.

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Durham’s MED Week is a week-long series of educational, outreach and recognition events that commemorates the achievements of minority entrepreneurs and affirms government, business and community organizations' commitment to the principle of equal opportunity.

Schedule of Events

Monday, October 7, 5 pm - 7 pm:

The State of Durham's Economy: Challenges & Opportunities

Cost: Free, but registration requested

Location: Self Help Building, 302 W. Main St.

Everyone is talking about Durham’s “booming economy,” but what are the top areas of growth and where are the greatest opportunities for business? Could there be a downside? Hear an analysis of the local economy by Director Andre Pettigrew with the City of Durham’s Office of Workforce and Economic Development ,and participate in a discussion of where potential business opportunities may exist. Take advantage of networking while enjoying refreshments.

Tuesday, October 8, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm:

MED Week Honors Luncheon

Cost: $30 per person & registration required

Location: Durham Hilton Near Duke University, 3800 Hillsborough Rd.

Keynote Speaker: Maggie Anderson, CEO & Founder, Empowerment Experiment Foundation

The highlight of this celebratory event will be the recognition of minority and women businesses for their excellence and accomplishments in construction, professional services and non-professional services. The keynote speaker for the occasion is Maggie Anderson, CEO and founder of the Empowerment Experiment Foundation and author of “Our Black Year.” She will share her thoughts on what it will take to achieve success for all minority business owners as she weaves in lessons learned from her real-life case study in self-help economics. There will be time to meet Maggie and obtain a copy of her book.

Wednesday, October 9, 6 pm - 8 pm:

Business Financial Literacy

Cost: Free, but registration requested

Please click HERE to register.

Location: Provident 1898, 411 W. Chapel Hill St.

Are you a new business owner who is searching for money to get started? Sponsored by the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, a panel of presenters will discuss access to capital for minority-owned, small business start-ups. The panelists are Doug Speight (AnnexTech), Nish Evans (Lennox Grae) and Michael Johnson (Intelligent Office).

Thursday, October 10, 5 pm - 8 pm:

MED Week Business Fair

Cost: Free, but registration requested. Vendor booths available — Nonprofits: $40 before 9/15, $80 after 9/15. For profits: $75 before 9/15, $150 after 9/15

Registration Link: www.2019mbf.eventbrite.com

Location: 220 Foster St.

Here’s a great opportunity for minority businesses to market their products and services by interacting with corporate, governmental, and institutional procurement agents and the community at large. Sponsored by the Greater Durham Black Chamber of Commerce, food Trucks, light refreshments, and entertainment will be available.

Friday, October 11, 2 pm - 4 pm:

Networking at Hi-Wire

Cost: Free, but registration requested

Location: Hi-Wire at Golden Belt, 800 Taylor St., Bldg. #9-150

Let’s close a successful celebration of MED Week with a fun-filled, relaxing afternoon of business networking and games like shuffleboard, corn hole, soccer pool, table tennis, refreshments, and more.

2019 Minority Enterprise Development Week Sponsorship Opportunities

Deadline for sponsorship: September 20, 2019

Sponsorship of the 2019 Minority Enterprise Development Week builds excellent visibility for your business in the community at large, and to the many business leaders and decision makers who participate in the week’s events. Sponsoring Minority Enterprise Development Week is a great way to associate your business with a positive, proactive movement for the celebration of minority entrepreneurship and development of diversity.

Presenting Sponsor: $3,000.00

Benefits:

  • Complimentary VIP reserved seating for eight(8) at the Honors Luncheon
  • Complimentary vendor space at the MED Week Business Fair
  • Complimentary slots for five (5) at Hi-Wire Networking
  • Verbal recognition from the podium at all events
  • Company name and logo featured in all pre-event promotion
  • Logo recognition in printed event program
  • Opportunity to showcase your support and commitment to minority entrepreneurship
  • Positive exposure for your business with your presence and visibility at the event

Gold Sponsor: $2,000.00

Benefits:

  • Complimentary VIP reserved seating for six(6) at the Honors Luncheon
  • Complimentary vendor space at the MED Week Business Fair
  • Complimentary slots for three (3) for Hi-Wire Networking
  • Verbal recognition from the podium at all events
  • Company name and logo featured in all pre-event promotion
  • Logo recognition in printed event program
  • Opportunity to showcase your support and commitment to minority entrepreneurship
  • Positive exposure for your business with your presence and visibility at the event

Silver Sponsor: $1,000.00

Benefits:

  • Complimentary VIP reserved seating for four(4) at the Honors Luncheon
  • Complimentary vendor space at the MED Week Business Fair
  • Complimentary slots for two (2) at Hi-Wire Networking
  • Verbal recognition from the podium at all events
  • Company name and logo featured in all pre-event promotion
  • Logo recognition in printed event program
  • Opportunity to showcase your support and commitment to minority entrepreneurship
  • Positive exposure for your business with your presence and visibility at the event

Bronze Sponsor: $500.00

Benefits:

  • Complimentary VIP reserved seating for two (2) at the Honors Luncheon
  • Complimentary slot at Hi-Wire Networking
  • Company name and logo featured in all pre-event promotion
  • Logo recognition in printed event program
  • Opportunity to showcase your support and commitment to minority entrepreneurship
  • Positive exposure for your business with your presence and visibility at the event

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