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  • How to Make It In America

    09/20/2017 , 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA

    The How to Make It In America Economic Empowerment Conference will provide unique insight and access for Philadelphia’s aspiring business owners and those currently navigating the road to entrepreneurial success.

  • Doing Business in the City - Guest Speaker: School District of Philadelphia

    09/20/2017 , 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    One Parkway Building, 1515 Arch Street 18th Floor, Room 18-029

    Explore the opportunity of building your business with City contracts. Develop your strategy for pursuing competitive bids and non-competitive contracts. Learn about the resources available to support your business. Regular speakers include the City of Philadelphia (departments): Commerce – Office of Business Services and Office of Economic Opportunity Finance License and Inspections Procurement Revenue Additional speakers include: Temple University Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) Guest Speaker -Amtrak Presentations and Networking FREE Admission! For additional information or to RSVP, please contact Marina Lamboy at (215) 683-2077 or Marina.Lamboy@Phila.gov

  • #BuyOurBlock Homeownership and Real Estate Investing Workshop

    09/20/2017 , 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Eastern Lofts Apt, 3002 Cecil B. Moore, Philadelphia, PA

    For our September General Body Meeting, join NExT Philadelphia, our affiliate, Urban League of Philadelphia and State Representative Donna Bullock as we host #BuyOurBlock Homeownership and Real Estate Investment workshop. Come learn about the Urban League resources to help you buy your first home and/or prevent you from your losing your home. In addition, learn more about real estate process, including investment opportunities in the Philadelphia region. Homeownership is key to economic self-sufficiency and it is important to ensure that all Philadelphians are able to enjoy their city. Panelists: Traci Noel - Real Estate Agent Sell Fast Realty Michael Earley - Owner Royal Realty Group Moderator: Nicole Purvy - Better than Success, LLC Thanks to our sponsors, Fulton Bank and Eastern Lofts Apartments. This event is a City of Philadelphia Government Minority Enterprise Development 2017 Week.


    09/26/2017 , 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Indigo Bleu Design and Culture Center, 3870 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104

    Earl Harvey Publisher The Black Professionals News cordially invites you to our annual Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Kick Off Reception. Each year we welcome professionals and business owners to learn more about the workshops , seminars, and networking opportunities that are available October 1-7th presented by local service providers and business development organizations.https://business.phila.gov/medweek/ This year our reception will be hosted by Indigo Bleu Design & Culture Center Philadelphia's premier venue for events located in University City. Agenda : 5.30 - 6.30 Networking Chat and Chew 6.30 -7.30 MED WEEK Overview 7.30 - 8.30 Business Card Exchange
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  • Business Planning for Success

    09/26/2017 , 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Frankford Community Development Center, 4667 Paul Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124

    • To learn how, when and why to write a business plan • To stretch your thinking regarding driving sales and increasing profits • To gain a high-level view of your business (or idea) and determine its pros and cons • To learn how to put the right safe-guards in place to minimize your financial and emotional risks This workshop is sponsored by Frankford Community Development Corporation & Urban League of Philadelphia To register, please contact Ileana Garcia at 215-743-6580 or igarcia@frankfordcdc.org

  • #ComingUpPhilly: How to Be a Part of Schuylkill Yards, Rebuild, the Navy Yard and More!

    09/27/2017 , 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
    The Marriott Courtyard Philadelphia South at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. 1001 Intrepid Avenue, Phila PA 19112

    The objective of #ComingUpPhilly is to provide valuable information, guidance, and advice to minority-owned business enterprises on how to best respond to RFQS, RFPs, and contracting opportunities with Schuylkill Yards, Rebuild, the Navy Yard and other development projects across Philadelphia. Additionally, this workshop will connect minority business owners with individuals leading these procurement initiatives and allow them the chance to not only ask questions face-to-face, but network across the room and during the tour. Sponsored by The Office of Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown and The Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC).

  • MED Week Proclamation & OEO Officers Recognition

    09/28/2017 , 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    City Council Room 400, City Hall

    Presentation of the 2017 MEDWeek Proclamation by City Council to the MED Week Committee.
    No registration required.

  • Kick-off Breakfast and Open for Business

    10/02/2017 , 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, 100 N. Horticultural Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19131

    Continental Breakfast will be served during MED Week Kick-off Awards Reception for M/WBE's recognized by Committee Co- Chairs. Following please join us for Open for Business, an exciting event that will highlight projects and processes that the City of Philadelphia is working on to modernize our procurement practices and make us a stronger vendor partner. Open for Business will include tabling, networking space for Stakeholders,City departments, and conversations with City leadership around department updates and future contracting opportunities. Sponsored by the City of Philadelphia.

  • Trademarks, Copyrights and Patents

    10/02/2017 , 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    LaSalle University School of Business 1900 Olney Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19141

    Participants will learn how to protect their intellectual property. Sponsored by The Business Center for Entrepreneurship.

  • Anchor Connections - Local Vendors Share Their Successful Strategies

    10/02/2017 , 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Sheraton Philadelphia, 36th & Chestnut St., Phila. PA 19104

    Penn, Drexel and Temple (possible one other school) will host a discussion with some of their successful MBE Suppliers who will share their own stories as well as perspectives on supplier diversity and offer advice for those companies hoping to work with large, anchor institutions. Sponsored by University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and Temple University.

  • Resources for Small Business

    10/02/2017 , 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    30 N 41st St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

    Join the Philadelphia Department of Commerce to learn more about the resources available to small business through the City and its partners. During the event, Mayor Kenney will receive the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Partner America 2017 “Small Business Advocate Award” for his efforts to support small business in Philadelphia.

  • Your Business and the Law

    10/02/2017 , 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Esperanza Health Center, North 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19140

    Deliver a panel discussion on legal matters for business owners. Sponsored by Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

  • Meet the Experts on Media & Marketing

    10/04/2017 , 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    Community College of Philadelphia, Northeast Regional Center 12901 Townsend Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154

    Experts speakers will discuss marketing insight into print media, television and radio, social media/blogging, Web site development, public relations, and branding. Sponsored by Power Up at Community College of Philadelphia and the Greater North East Chamber of Commerce.

  • What is the impact economy, and how do I know if I'm part of it?

    10/04/2017 , 8:00 am - 10:30 am
    Temple University Center City Campus, 1515 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

    SBN will moderate a panel discussion on the triple bottom line, engaging guests on the definition, what it means for them, and how being a socially and/or environmentally responsible business benefits their bottom line (i.e. employee retention, marketing value, and contracting opportunities). The panel will feature two or three WMDBE owners; we will also invite a representative from the City of Philadelphia to discuss the city’s goals around contracting for “best value.” After the discussion, audience members will have a few minutes to ask questions of the panel. Sponsored by Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN) & Best for PHL.

  • Minority Venture Forum

    10/04/2017 , 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    LaSalle University 1900 West Olney Avenue, LaSalle School of Business Building, Philadelphia, PA 19141

    Inform audience on raising equity for small business, buying black owned business. Sponsored by The Business Center, WPFSI , Wells Fargo , State Farm Insurance and Santander.

  • Introduction to ABC's of Hotel Management: A MED Week Program

    10/04/2017 , 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, 200 S. Broad Street, Suite 700

    To increase the number of African-Americans developing, managing, operating and owning hotels; increase vendor opportunities & executive level jobs for minorities, thereby creating wealth within the African-American community. Sponsored by Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau PHLDiversity and African-American Chamber of Commerce of: PA*NJ*DE.

  • E-Commerce & Social Media Marketing Workshop

    10/04/2017 , 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Women's Opportunities Resource Center, 2010 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

    Learn about e-commerce, the benefit, how to market your business on the web and how to utilize Social Media Marketing to promote your business and which platforms are the best for you! Sponsored by Backyard Marketing Group and Women’s Opportunities Resource Center.

  • Before Wall Street: A Black Man's Forum for Current and Aspiring Business Owners

    10/04/2017 , 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Office of Black Male Engagement, City Hall (2nd Floor Conversation Hall) 1401 JFK Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19107

    Black Male Business owners will provide participants with an increased knowledge of owning and operating a business as a Black man in the City of Philadelphia. They will also help participants to identify resources that will help Black male business owners to be successful in the city of Philadelphia. Sponsored by Mayor's Office of Black Male Engagement (OBME).

  • Bringing Awareness to the City, How to Do Business with PGW

    10/04/2017 , 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Philadelphia Gas Works - Headquarters : 800 West Montgomery Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19122

    To promote diversity and inclusion by bringing awareness to the city on how to do business with PGW. The theme shall be focused on our procurement opportunities (professional and non-professional), project requirements (e.g. bonding prevailing wage, OQ requirements, etc.) and getting to know PGW buying departments. Sponsored by Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW).

  • Cocktails & Connections: Making Connections to launch or grow your Business

    10/04/2017 , 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Maison 208, 208 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA

    To create and nurture entrepreneurs in Philadelphia and serve as a catalyst for creating sustainable growth and longevity for black entrepreneurs who start businesses or who have existing businesses in Philadelphia and surrounding areas. Sponsored by National Black MBA Association - Philadelphia Chapter.

  • Launch Your Digital Marketing Strategy in 7 Days!

    10/04/2017 , 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Online Webinar

    Provide participants tools to develop and launch a digital marketing strategy in 7 Days! Learn how to generate targeted leads from your online platforms; turn those leads into customers; and increase ROI via increasing long term value of customers (LTV) by utilizing the 7 key components of a marketing funnel. Sponsored by Entrepreneur Works.

  • Asian-American Women: Building Diverse Businesses for All

    10/05/2017 , 8:30 am - 11:00 am
    Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, 200 S Broad St #700, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA

    Asian American Women Business Leaders in a panel discussion on their personal journey, challenges, and success. Sponsored by Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia and PIDC.

  • Meet the Lenders

    10/05/2017 , 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    The Pyramid Club, Mellon Building, 1735 Market Street, 52nd Floor, and Philadelphia, PA 19103

    The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Eastern Pennsylvania District will participate in the Philadelphia SCORE “Meet the Lenders” Borrower-Lender Matchmaking event, hosted by SCORE Philadelphia, EMSDC & NBMBAA and other SBA official resource partners on Oct. 5, 2017. SBA resource partners and lenders meet with small businesses in a “one-stop, speed dating” format to spark lending relationships. During the event’s “Lender Match,” entrepreneurs have a series of 15-minute “pitch periods” with a variety of lenders in one-on-one meetings. The lenders can schedule more detailed interviews with entrepreneurs whose proposal may be a match with their lending portfolio. Sponsored by SCORE Philadelphia, Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council, (EMSDC) & National Black Master Business Association (NBMBAA).

  • Market Research Basics

    10/05/2017 , 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Free Library of Philadelphia Central Library-Tech Lab 1901 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Workshop is focused on improving computer literacy and increasing the use of valuable market research tools by business owners and entrepreneurs. By learning more about the market, competition, and customers, business owners can strengthen their business plans and better understand their business in context of the community they serve. Sponsored by Philadelphia Free Library- BRIC and the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians.

  • Coffee & Commerce

    10/05/2017 , 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Santander Bank, 5601 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

    Coffee & Commerce is part of OBS’s 2017 marketing and outreach initiatives that offers casual “office hours” to small business owners on selected commercial corridors to share information about various resources of the Commerce Department.Sponsored by City of Philadelphia, Commerce Department.

  • Let's Make a Connection (DHS Contracted Agencies & You (MWDBE Subcontractors))

    10/05/2017 , 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Temple University Center City 1515 Market ST. Room 222. Phila, PA 19102

    Connecting providers to MWDBE subcontractors for opportunities to increase diversity dollars spent. Sponsored by Department of Human Services.

  • Lighting the Torch (MBDA Business Center)

    10/05/2017 , 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    The Enterprise Center, 4548 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19139, USA

    Lighting the Torch” is The Enterprise Center’s signature fall event that recognizes excellence in the field of minority entrepreneurship. This year’s theme is ‘Equity’ and will showcase businesses and institutional partners in the region who are advancing opportunities for minority businesses through equity and venture capital investments. The event includes a cocktail reception, a networking VIP event, delicious food, and an awards ceremony. Sponsored by Philadelphia MBDA Business Center.

  • Doing Business with PHA

    10/05/2017 , 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Greater Grays Ferry Estates 1800 S. 32nd St, Phila, PA 19145 1st Floor Multi-Purpose Room

    To introduce local small and minority business owners to the process for becoming a PHA pre-certified vendor for inclusion in solicitation outreach. Sponsored by Philadelphia Housing Authority.

  • Increase Your Business Assets

    10/05/2017 , 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Women's Opportunities Resource Center, 2010 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

    Business financing, savings and match program to provide small business owners with lending options and leverage funds to start and/or expand their business. Sponsored by Women’s Opportunities Resource Center.

  • PHL Airport 2017 Annual Business Opportunity Forum

    10/06/2017 , 7:30 am - 12:45 pm
    Philadelphia Airport Marriott

    Philadelphia International Airport invites you to hear about specific new projects and participate in expanded networking with PHL Airport executives, regional and national business leaders. This year’s free forum will feature upcoming business opportunities for the multi-million dollar, multiyear Capital Program. Projects include improvements to terminals, taxiways, and runways. Small and diverse businesses will learn about prospects sized for their capacity. Sponsored by City of Philadelphia, Division of Aviation, Philadelphia International Airport.