Minority Enterprise Partners to Host Business Development Week

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Mecklenburg County-area diversity business groups, private and civic organizations, and suppliers will host a local celebration of Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Monday, Oct. 2, through Thursday, Oct. 5. MED Week recognizes the accomplishments of minority business enterprises and honors those corporations and financial institutions supporting minority business development.  

The Mecklenburg County Office of Economic Development is a MED Week partner and will host free educational sessions on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Valerie C. Woodard Center, 3205 Freedom Drive in Charlotte. These sessions will connect guests with experts on building a business, emotional intelligence, branding, and finance. Representatives from the Office of Economic Development’s small business lending and credit coaching program also will be featured on Tuesday, discussing access to capital.  

Since 1983, U.S. presidents have proclaimed national MED Week. The local theme for MED Week 2023 is “Honoring the Past — Uplifting the Present — Shaping the Future.” 

In addition to the free sessions on Tuesday, MED Week participants are encouraged to attend an Oct. 2 golf tournament, a business connections exposition and networking opportunity on Oct. 4, and an awards luncheon on Oct. 5.  

Find additional details and register online.  

The mission of the Mecklenburg County Office of Economic Development is to provide resources to business communities to attract, retain and expand employment opportunities for residents. The office strives to stimulate the local economy and expand the local sales and property tax base, while maintaining a positive balance between growth, social equity and the economy. Find out more about economic development programs and projects at oed.mecknc.gov