Minority Enterprise Development Week (Monday, Oct. 11, through Saturday, Oct. 16) will feature a number of activities, including virtual workshops and seminars.
“Resiliency Today, Opportunities Tomorrow” is this year’s theme.
“Our goal is to highlight minority-owned businesses throughout the metropolitan area,” said Maurianna Adams, executive director of Progress Oklahoma City.
First security state Bank, the Oklahoma City branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, the Cushman & Wakefield Corp., Progress Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma City Black Chamber of Commerce are some of the sponsors of the events.
Other sponsors are We the People Consulting, the Calle 25 Historic Capitol Hill District, the Asian District Cultural Association, the Northeast Oklahoma City Renaissance Corp. and the Oklahoma City Innovation District.
“As we emerge from the pandemic, small businesses and entrepreneurs will need all the support we can provide,” Miss Adams commented.
“We know that diverse business communities are strong business communities, and MED Week is an initiative to spur inclusive growth and make Oklahoma City even greater.”
MED Week is designed to help small-, minority-, women- and veteran-owned firms succeed in the local and global markets by providing information and resources, a statement said.
The week is also designed to provide business matchmaking meetings and networking opportunities, the statement continued.
The week is a part of the national initiative of the federal Department of Commerce and the Minority Business Development Agency.
Nominations for grant awards may be made online at okcmed.biz and will be accepted throughout October.
Those wanting information on participation in the week of events may call Maurianna Adam at (405)816-8786 or via e-mail at [email protected].