Each year, BDI and local sponsors host Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Workshops and Awards Luncheon for the Portland Metropolitan region. During MED Week, advocacy groups and government partners join the local business community to celebrate local minority businesses and the contributions they make to our local economy.
MED Week workshops provide industry relevant education to small business owners and government and corporate diversity practitioners. In addition to workshops for small businesses and diversity practitioners, the annual awards program recognizes minority business owners and diversity practitioners that have demonstrated growth and leadership in our community. This year’s MED Week schedule of events will offer attendees valuable opportunities to network and develop professional skills and partnerships.
This year’s MED Week Events will be held at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower. Our theme is the “One Community – Regional Solutions” and we look forward to coming together as one community to support diverse business across our region.
The MED Week Awards Luncheon showcases outstanding minority-owned businesses in Oregon and Washington. The MED Week 2017 Award Winners will be recognized during the Awards Luncheon.
Come workshop, network, share and learn at MED Week 2017!
MED Week 2017 Schedule
DAY 1 | Tuesday, September 26, 2017 » Click to view details
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm | Registration – Room: Registration Area
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Track 1: The Spectrum of Small Business Growth – Room: Skyline I
Panelists discuss how they defined and executed successful growth.
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Track 2: Strategies Needed to Secure Financing for Your Business – Room: Skyline II
Panelists discuss essential steps needed to prepare entrepreneurs to secure financing for their businesses & continue to build strong banking relationships.
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm | BREAK
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Workshop: Connecting with Major Regional Organizations – Discussion with Intel – Room: Skyline I
Representation from Intel and Intel’s first and second tier contractors discuss the organization’s small business contracting program.
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Reception – Room: Skyline II
Enjoy Hors d’oeuvres while you socialize with entrepreneurs, public, private and community professionals at this fun evening event.
DAY 2 | Thursday, September 28, 2017 » Click to view details
7:30 am – 8:00 am | Registration – Room: Registration Area
Registration with Continental breakfast catering
8:00 am – 11:45 am | Diversity Practitioners (DP) Summit – Room: Grand Ballroom II
Two excellent presentations! 1) How to Build a Successful Supplier Diversity Program: What’s in Your Toolbox? And, 2) Minority/Women/Disadvantaged Business Programs Issues and Trends.
11:30 am – 12:00 pm | Registration – Room: Registration Area
Awards Luncheon Registration
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm | Awards Luncheon: One Community, Regional Solutions – Room: Grand Ballroom I
Panel discussion with Multnomah County Chair, Deborah Kafoury and Mayor Ted Wheeler on regional initiatives to support certified small businesses. The MED Week 2017 Award Winners will be recognized during the Awards Luncheon.