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MEDWeek PHL is Oct 3 – Oct 7, celebrating and growing minority businesses in Philadelphia

MED Week 2016 LogoPhiladelphia Minority Enterprise Development week has celebrated minority enterprises in the region and efforts to grow minority businesses since 1984. Join us for more than 40 events across the city that will help you grow your business, including opportunities to learn about government and university procurement, networking, and how to better market your services.

This year’s MED Week theme is: Philadelphia the Center of Opportunity: Building Capacity for Prosperity.

2016 Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week) Calendar of Events

Wed Sep 21, 2016

2pm Pre MED Week “Doing Business in the City”
Where: 1515 Arch Street,18th Fl, Room 18-029, Philadelphia, PA, 19102
Explore the opportunity of building your business with City contracts. This event will feature Philadelphia Gas Works. Develop your strategy for pursuing competitive bids and non-competitive contracts. Learn about the resources available to support your business. Department of Commerce event.
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Thu Sep 22, 2016

5:30pm Pre MED Week Networking Event at the Enterprise Center
Where: The Enterprise Center, 4548 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19139
Description: Pre MED Week Networking Event at the Enterprise Center hosted by Earl Harvey and The Black Professionals Newspaper. More details to follow.
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Sun Sep 25, 2016

2pm Pre MED Week “7th Annual Business & Technology Expo”
Where: Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, 1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103 
To expose business owners to technology to advance their business objectives. Sponsored by Calling All Female Entrepreneurs (C.A.F.E) & Urban League Entrepreneurship Center
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Wed Sep 28, 2016

8:30am Pre MED Week “SEPTA presents Access to Capital to Build Capacity”
Where: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority,1234 Market Street, Mezzanine Level, Philadelphia, PA 19107
This event is being sponsored by Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) and SBA.
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Thu Sep 29, 2016

10am Presentation of MED Week Resolution by City Council
Where: City Council Chambers, City Hall, 4th Floor, Room 400
Nolan Atkinson to accept the Resolution presented by City Council in support of recognizing the 32nd Anniversary of Philadelphia Minority Enterprise Development Week, running from October 3rd through October 7, 2016.

12pm Pre MED Week Procurement Pitch Competition
Where: The Enterprise Center, 4548 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19139
This event is sponsored by Urban League of Philadelphia, MBDA Business Center – Pennsylvania & Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses. Individual businesses owners pitching their products/services to supplier diversity managers and procurement specialists in an open forum.
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Fri Sep 30, 2016

2pm Pre MED Week “Launch PAD Weekend”
Where: The Enterprise Center, 4548 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19139
During this 2-day workshop business owners and prospective business owners will receive training from experts in the fields of accounting, business planning, marketing, taxation, licensing, financing and branding. This workshop is followed up 3 hours of expert individual or small group coaching at no additional charge. Sponsored by The Enterprise Center and MBDA Business Center
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Sat Oct 1, 2016

9am Pre MED Week “Launch PAD Weekend” (CONTINUED)
Where: The Enterprise Center, 4548 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19139
During this 2-day workshop business owners and prospective business owners will receive training from experts in the fields of accounting, business planning, marketing, taxation, licensing, financing and branding. This workshop is followed up 3 hours of expert individual or small group coaching at no additional charge. Sponsored by The Enterprise Center and MBDA Business Center
(See above for registration)

Mon Oct 3, 2016

8:30am Annual MED Week Honors and Awards Program
Where: City Hall, Conversation Hall
Sponsored by the MED Week Co-Chairs
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9am SCORE & EMSDC presents “Connection to Learning”
Where: Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce,The Bellevue Philadelphia, 200 S Broad St, Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19102
The “Connection to Learning” offers free educational workshops to business owners, but limited (by capacity) to those who register. Co-sponsored by Constant Contact,  Caldwell & Kearns, P.C., and The ITEM (Inclusive Technology Education Meet-up). Continental breakfast and morning networking is hosted by Constant Contact.
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12:30pm SCORE & EMSDC presents “Connection to Opportunity”
Where: Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce,The Bellevue Philadelphia, 200 S Broad St, Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19102
This event will feature 3 one-hour sessions during which prequalified Minority Business Owners will present their capabilities (20 minutes each) face-to-face to a 3-Corporate Client Stakeholder table for an extraordinary opportunity to connect with decision makers in the procurement process on current projects, and get real-time feedback and an opportunity to make a positive impression.
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1pm Supplier Diversity Vendor Fair / Matchmaking Sessions with e/Procurement Tool Training
Where: The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, 10 N Independence Mall W, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Matchmaking Sessions with department decision makers followed by eProcurement tool training by the National Procurement Office This event is being sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC).
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Tue Oct 4, 2016

8am Lesser Known Funding Source for Growth
Where: The Reactor Philadelphia (University City Science Center) 3711 Market St. Philadelphia, PA 19104
To deepen your knowledge of grants, sponsorship’s, and resources to grow, as well as the organizations that provide them. The research and discussion will focus on obtaining monetary and in-kind resources as well as how to manage them. Sponsored by Stimulus, Score Philadelphia, Greenlight Foundation (more to be added)
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8:30am 2016 Philadelphia Navy Yard Panel Discussion and Tour w/ PIDC and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown
Where: Marriott Courtyard Philadelphia South at the Navy Yard, 1001 Intrepid Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19112
2016 MED Week Event sponsored by PIDC and The Office of Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown
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9:30am The Dynamics of Retail and Visual Merchandising
Where: The Enterprise Center, 4548 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19139
To offer participants insight into how good signage and visual merchandising links to retail business profitability. Sponsored by The Enterprise Center.
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2pm E-Commerce & Social Media Marketing Workshop
Where: Women’s Opportunities Resource Center, 2010 Chestnut St, 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.
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5:30pm YP Social Meetup: MED Week Edition
Where: Community College of Philadelphia, Center for Business & Industry Building, 18th and Callowhill Street, Room C2-5 (2nd Floor), Philadelphia, PA 19130
During the 2016 MED Week celebration, young professionals will convene in a networking and vending session to provide expert advice and counseling to young adults who are interested in starting a business. These YP entrepreneurs will share their guidance and experiences with youth and other young adults who are either thinking about becoming business owners or are in the start-up phase of their business. Attendees will walk away with connections and strategies for moving their business ideas forward. Some of the topics that will be covered at this exciting event includes business plan development, crowdfunding, seeking legal counsel, marketing and branding.  This event is brought to you by Philadelphia MED Week and sponsored by the YP Social Meetup, Community College of Philadelphia, MarketPlace PHL, The Enterprise Center, The Small Biz Center and Score Philadelphia!
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5:30pm “South Philly Latino Restaurant Crawl”
Where: South 9 Street Corridor (Italian Market Area) 919 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Highlight minority owned food businesses in South Philadelphia. Walking tour of various restaurants. Sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
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6pm Increase Your Business Assets
Where: Women’s Opportunities Resource Center, 2010 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103
Savings and match program to assist small business owners to leverage funds to start and/or expand their business. Sponsored by Women’s Opportunities Resource Center.
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6:30pm Bigfoot Will Be Found: Why and How to have a Monstrous Digital Footprint
Where: The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Jon Huntsman Hall, Room G50, 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Educate business owners and marketing directors about free and inexpensive ways to ensure their business gets found in a Google search. The following questions will also be answered during this session: What is a digital footprint and why should you want a big one? Which search matters most: local, mobile, organic or paid? Why the tracks you leave online should lead to your website? How directory listings can help or hurt your rank in search? Participants will leave knowing how to : Manage the risks and rewards of online review sites
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Wed Oct 5, 2016

9am “There’s Money Out There – Get $10K Loans on the Spot”
Where: LaSalle University, School of Business, Room LSBB 137. 1900 West Olney Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19141
The objectives of this event is to provide one on one coaching, on the spot loans up to $10,000 and educate the minority, women and small business community about the process of securing a loan. This event is being sponsored by the Business Center for Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise, the Small Business Administration and the West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution. Event host LaSalle University
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10am Coffee Chats with Commerce: Baltimore Avenue MED Week Edition
Where: Booker’s (food prepared by Aksum) – 5021 Baltimore Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19143
Join the Department of Commerce for a special MED Week Edition of their Coffee Chats with Commerce featuring Commerce Director Harold T. Epps. Coffee Chats with Commerce are open office hours for small businesses in a particular neighborhood to meet their local Business Services Manager and learn more about programs such as Kiva, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, the Storefront Improvement Program, the In-Store Forgivable Loan, the Capital Consortium, and PIDC loans. This time we’ll see you on Baltimore Ave! Sponsored by City of Philadelphia, Commerce Department.
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10am Registering with PHLContracts: Your Gateway to Better Business
Where: The Municipal Services Building, 1401 JFK Blvd, 1st Floor, Room 170, Procurement Bid Room
To educate current vendors, potential new vendors and small/disadvantaged businesses about the Procurement Department’s new web-based system, PHLContracts.  Also on the spot one on one guidance to vendors registering on the system. To better understand and respond to contract opportunities posted by the Procurement Department of the City of Philadelphia. Network with Procurement buyers. Sponsored by City of Philadelphia, Procurement Department.
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11:30am Doing Business with Eds and Meds
Where: The Glandt Forum, Singh Center for Nanotechnology, 3205 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19104
This panel discussion, followed by Q & A, focuses on what makes doing business with Eds and Meds different than working in a corporate environment. They are also different from each other! This session helps businesses to navigate the confusing paths to some of the area’s largest purchasers. Featuring speakers from CCP, Drexel, St. Joe’s, Swarthmore, UPenn, USciences, CHOP, Thomas Jefferson Univ Hospital and the Hospital of the Univ of Pennsylvania.  This event is being sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University.
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2pm Registering with PHLContracts: Your gateway to better businesses
Where: The Municipal Services Building, 1401 JFK Blvd, 1st Floor, Room 170, Procurement Bid Room
To educate current vendors, potential new vendors and small/disadvantaged businesses about the Procurement Department’s new web-based system, PHLContracts.  Also on the spot one on one guidance to vendors registering on the system. To better understand and respond to contract opportunities posted by the Procurement Department of the City of Philadelphia. Network with Procurement buyers. Sponsored by City of Philadelphia, Procurement Department.
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6pm How to Find, Choose and Acquire the Right Franchise for You
Where: Wells Fargo History Museum, 123 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
To educate individuals on how to identify and purchase a franchise. This event is sponsored by NeXT Philadelphia and Urban League Entrepreneurship Center.
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6pm Ready…Set…Grow (Start your Business)
Where: Pipeline Philly, The Graham Building, 30 S 15th St., Philadelphia, PA 19102
This workshop and panel discussion will be conducted in the spirit of Madame CJ Walker, whose legacy has inspired many successful independent businesses. The workshops will provide information to small businesses and grassroots entrepreneurs interested in business development in inner city neighborhoods. This event is being sponsored by The Office of Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., Councilwoman Cherelle Parker and Women’s Opportunity Resource Center.
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Thu Oct 6, 2016

9:30am “Smart Business Strategies: Domestic and International”
Where: Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, 200 S Broad St, Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Keeping up with changing regulations and reporting requirements for small businesses to ensuring success of your business and avoiding fines and penalties for noncompliance. This panel discussion will share important information on Domestic and International Tax rules and Traps, legal issues, Insurance and exporting opportunities for small businesses. Sponsored by Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia and Cosponsor Drucker & Scaccetti
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10am Why Unconscious Bias is Important to your Organization
Where: National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Organizations recognize that biases may be hidden and to ensure recruitment and management of a diverse workforce is fair & equitable,leaders need to know how to manage their personal as well as workteam’s Unconscious Bias. Facilitated Discussion by a representative from The Cultural Intelligence Center, LLC a growing, innovative institute with the distinctive feature of emphasis upon rigorousacademic research combined with relevant best practices for practitioners. This event is being sponsored by PHLDiversity and the Multicultural Foodservice Hospitality Alliance MFHA.
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6pm Lighting of the Torch
Where: The Enterprise Center, 4548 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139
Lighting the Torch is a fundraising event to support the power of minority entrepreneurship and recognizes the newest generation of industry leaders with its Lighting the Torch Award. This year’s keynote speaker is Dwana Smallwood, recognized as “one of the greatest modern dancers” by Vogue Magazine. Ms. Smallwood is formerly a principal dancer of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and joined Oprah Winfrey at Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa to become the architect for the school’s dance program. She currently owns the Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center in Brooklyn. This event is sponsored by Deloitte, Routine Recovery, Pinnacle Group, PNC, PECO, and AfricanAmerican Chamber of Commerce.
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Fri Oct 7, 2016

7:30am PHL Airport 2016 Annual Business Opportunity Forum
Where: Philadelphia International Airport, Terminal B, 1 Arrivals Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19153
Go Above & Beyond with PHL – Philadelphia International Airport invites you to one of the region’s most enterprising business events of the year. Let our free business forum help position you for opportunities with PHL Airport. Sponsored by PHL Airport
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Don’t miss Doing Business with DHS Funded Community Umbrella Agencies (CUAs)

The Department of Human Services, in collaboration with the Office of Economic Opportunity, will identify and invite certified minority businesses within the targeted regions. Each CUA will identify possible contracting and subcontracting opportunities that support their services and programming prior to the event so that OEO can identify qualified businesses.

1pm Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Northeast Treatment Center, L.P.Elementary School, 3133 Ridge Ave, Phila, Pa 19121 (CUA 1&7)
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9:30am Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, 1900 N 9th Street, Phila, Pa 19122 (CUA 2)
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1pm Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Turning Points for Children,3901 Market St., Phila. Pa (CUA 3&9)
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9:30am Thursday, October 6, 2016
Bethanna,St Barnabas Bethsaida Restoration Center, 1814 Wharton Street, Phila, Pa 19146 (CUA 8)
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1pm Thursday, October 6, 2016
Catholic Community Services, Norcom Community Center, 10980 Norcom Road, Phila, Pa 19154 (CUA 4)
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9:30 Friday, October 7, 2016
Wordsworth (CUA 5&10), 3905 Ford Road, Phila, Pa 19131
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1pm Friday, October 7, 2016
Tabor Community Partners, 57 E Armat Street, Phila, Pa 19144 (CUA 6)
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About Philly Minority Enterprise Development Week

MED Week was started locally in Philadelphia in 1984 to honor and promote minority owned businesses in the Philadelphia area. The organizers of the first MED Week activities were Barbara Daniel Cox, former Director of Mayor Wilson Goode’s Women’s Commission and Bilal Abdul Qayyum, Assistant to the Deputy Director of the City Commerce Department. This event was a three day event concluding with an award luncheon honoring minority owned businesses. Each year since the first celebration, the MED Week Celebration has grown to a full week of successful workshops and award luncheons with an ever growing number of sponsors to promote the great accomplishments of minority owned businesses.

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