Minority Business Enterprise: Energizing the Economy
CHICAGO MED WEEK 2009
The 27th Annual Chicago Minority Enterprise Development (MED)
Week Celebration will be held August 13-14, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency
Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago. Minority Enterprise
Development (MED) Week is hosted by the U.S. Department of
Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) on behalf of
the Chicago Minority Enterprise Development Council.
For over 25 years local and regional MED Week celebrations have been
held throughout the country, culminating with the National MED Week
conference and White House ceremony honoring the achievements and
many contributions of minority entrepreneurs, individuals, and
organizations that support minority business development. These
conferences are the largest federally sponsored activities held on behalf
The Chicago Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Council was
established in 1982. The Chicago MED Council consists of Minority
Business Owners, Corporations and Government Agencies that are
committed to supporting and maximizing opportunities for minority
The theme for the 27th Annual Chicago MED Week Celebration is
“Minority Business Enterprise: Energizing the Economy” which focuses
attention on minority businesses as a catalyst for growth in the American
economy. For the past decade business data has demonstrated that
minority business development is a major factor in the overall growth of
the American economy.
Chairpersons for this year’s event include Ms. LaTonya Seanior of Clorox,
Inc. and Ms. Deidra Jenkins, Northern Trust.
27th Annual Chicago MED Week Celebration consists of two days of
outcome oriented workshops (Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14,
2009) targeted at minority owned businesses. All workshops are free to
attendees. Last year’s event attracted 1,300 minority business owners
and corporations. This year’s workshops will include:
CAPITAL CONNECTIONS: ALTERNATIVE FINANCING STRATEGIES.
This workshop will focus on linking “capital ready” minority-owned firms
with traditional and non-traditional financial resources specifically aligned
with their business growth objectives.
GLOBALIZATION: ACCESS TO THE GLOBAL ECONOMY WITH CHINA.
Internal experts will teach the fundamentals of conducting business with
Chinese companies in both the US and China.
Government contractors and contracting officers will share the
fundamental steps of marketing to the government and positioning
minority businesses to win contracts.
GLOBALIZATION PARTNERSHIP FORUM.
This is a new invitation only event that will pair minority business owners
who reside in the U.S. with CEO's from China in a match-making forum.
THE BUYERSÊ¼ FORUM.
This invitation only procurement roundtable provides a forum that
matches Corporate Buyers and Supplier Diversity Managers with prequalified
minority businesses. Vendors are selected to specifically match
predetermined buyer needs, thereby maximizing successful outcomes.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES: BUSINESS TO BUSINESS EXCHANGE.
Human Resources, Information Technology and Marketing decisionmakers
from large corporations will meet with minority professional
services firms from their respective area of expertise. This is a first of
its kind event that focuses on connecting minority business owners with
To register for a workshop go to: www.chicagomedweek.com
The 2009 Annual MED Week Awards Gala will be held on Friday, August
14, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Ballroom at 6pm and will recognize
the outstanding achievements of Minority Business Owners, and honor
those corporations that support minority business development. This year
we will also recognize the 2009 CEO Leadership Circle of Excellence
Award Winners. This year’s recipients include: Mr. Mark Hoplamazian,
President and CEO of Hyatt; Mr. Brendan McDonagh, CEO of HSBC -
North America; Mr. Edward B. Rust Jr., Chairman of the Board and CEO
of State Farm; and Ms. Patricia A. Woertz, Chairman, CEO and President
of ADM (Archer Daniels Midland).
This year’s entertainment will be provided by Morris Day and the Time.
The Time was originally created as Prince's alter-ego and cast in the
movie Purple Rain which captured the Minneapolis music scene at its
Once again, this year’s Gala promises to be a sold out event. For ticket/
table information contact Erika Jordan (312) 353-0186 or go to
To view highlights from last year’s event www.chicagomedweek.com