MBDA is gearing up for a busy month, and I’d like to share some of the exciting things we’re working on.
On September 1, I’ll be traveling to Cleveland, Ohio to welcome our newest MBDA Business Center  to the nationwide network. Joining us at the open house will be U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (OH-11), and a wide range of local business leaders, trade groups and minority chambers of commerce. I will then participate in an inaugural reception for the new MBDA Business in Manhattan, New York on September 15.
But the signature event for MBDA in the month of September —National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week —is just a mere 30 days away and we’re counting you to join us in Washington, DC for the MED Week Conference. Registration is still open at medweek.mbda.gov  so hurry and sign up today.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Emerging Markets and Industries: A Blueprint for Success.” The conference will build upon the success of last year and feature keynotes from U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan. MED Week will also feature roundtables featuring CEOs from Hyatt Corporation, Costco, MasTec and Superior Communications.
No matter what industry you represent, what growth strategy you’d like to learn more about, or what your goals for your business are, MED Week has something for you.
If you’re seeking to expand your business through mergers and acquisitions, MED Week will provide you with access to an in-depth training opportunity sponsored by the Alliance of Merger and Acquisition Advisors.
If you’re pursuing opportunities in the automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, construction, utilities and green economy, you will have a variety of informative, industry-specific workshops to chose from.
For those interested in making a foray into foreign markets, the Embassies of both Brazil and India—two countries with rapidly growing markets— will be hosting business-to-business networking opportunities.
In closing, I’d like to direct your attention to our recently announced Regional MED Week Award winners  that represent a variety of economic sectors and some of nation’s most successful companies. I look forward to honoring the National MED Week Award winners at our MED Week Awards Gala, and I hope you’ll join me in doing so.