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Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week

by Melanie Berman - September 8, 2017

The Arkansas Procurement Assitance Center would like to make everyone aware of the upcoming Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week. This event is presented by the Little Rock Regional Chamber. Read more about this event below.

Each year the chamber presents its annual Little Rock Regional Chamber's Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week to celebrate and grow minority businesses in the Little Rock region.

The Little Rock Regional Chamber has been a partner in the area's MED Week since its inception in 1983. In 1990, the chamber assumed responsibility for all local programming. This year, MED Week will be held Sept. 11-14.

2017 MED Week Schedule

Monday, Sept. 11
Minority Business Awards Luncheon
Philander Smith College, 900 W Daisy L Gatson Bates Dr., Little Rock
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

The 35th Annual Minority Enterprise Development Week, presented by The Design Group, will kick off with the prestigious Minority Business Awards Luncheon to be held at Philander Smith College. We are honored to feature keynote speaker Keith Jackson - All American and Super Bowl champion, author, broadcaster, lecturer, and community advocate. One of the most dynamic and inspirational speakers in the country, Jackson will share his take on community, business, and the role that hope, strong values, and education play in the future of our region and our lives.
This lunch will recognize minority-owned businesses and business owners that excel in their field, as well as an organization dedicated to supporting minority-owned businesses.
Admission: $25 per person; $250 for table of ten. Seating is limited; please contact Miguel Lopez at 501.377.6021 to reserve a table and discuss sponsorship opportunities.
Get tickets or reserve tables >

Media Takeover
Follow the chamber on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about minority business leaders committed to excellence in their field and to making a difference in our region.  Look for articles featuring tips, topics, and trends impacting minority business owners and share your ideas with us!

Tuesday, Sept. 12
Climb The Rock
Little Rock Regional Chamber, 200 E. Markham St., Little Rock
8:30 a.m.

In partnership with the Mexican Consulate, Climb the Rock is an entrepreneurial boot camp that will immerse minority college students and young professionals in Little Rock’s thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. Participants will visit the Little Rock Tech Park and join The Venture Center for a special edition of Lift The Rock. This event is by invitation only.

Networking Fiesta
Imprentta Store & Office, subsidiary of Cinco Media & Communications Group LLC
301 North Shackleford Road, Suite H-1, Little Rock

5-7:30 p.m.
The Hispanic Business Committee of the Little Rock Regional Chamber will present a multicultural networking event. Hosted at Imprentta Store & Office, there will be a live mariachi band and authentic Latin American food! Come meet some of the driving forces within the growing Hispanic community.
Reserve your spot >

Wednesday, Sept. 13
Think Big Little Rock Panel on Diversity and Inclusion
Little Rock Technology Park, 417 Main St., Little Rock
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Think Big Little Rock is a community initiative conceived and funded by Fifty for the Future, in partnership with Create Little Rock, the young professionals organization of the Little Rock Regional Chamber. This panel will be facilitated by members of the Think Big Little Rock group who for almost a year now have been working on a white paper focusing on how to improve Little Rock’s overall quality of place and making it a community in which young professionals will want to live and work. This event will serve as a sneak peek into their findings, along with reflections by those most closely engaged in this inclusive and participatory initiative.
Reserve your spot >

Thursday, Sept. 14
Innovations and Libations
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. 9th St., Little Rock
5-7 p.m.

Join Create Little Rock, the chamber's young professionals organization and the Central Arkansas Urban League Young Professionals for a networking event highlighting the entrepreneurial spirit of African American businesses from the past. Actors will interpret Mosaic’s exhibitions on successful African American entrepreneurs. Come network and learn about this rich history. Sponsored by Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, in partnership with the Central Arkansas Urban League Young Professionals.
Reserve your spot >

Chamber On The Go
This week’s edition of Chamber On The Go will visit and feature five minority-owned businesses. Watch for our social media shares.


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