Conference to empower minority business owners

Minority Business
Farad Ali


The 27th Annual Minority Enterprise Development Corporation (MED Corp) Conference is July 24-26 in Tampa. 

Themed “Connecting Business with Opportunity: Growing to the Next Level,’’ the conference will feature three days of business sessions, networking, and direct access to decision-makers.

The conference also will host a minority business awards luncheon and matchmaker for attendees. It will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 4500 West Cypress St., Tampa.

This year’s luncheon keynote speaker is Farad Ali, vice president of Network Delivery Services for the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

What is MED Corp? 

MED Corp is a partnership of public, private and nonprofit agencies representing primarily Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

Initially, Minority Enterprise Development Corporation of Tampa Bay was formed solely to insure the continuation of Minority Enterprise Development Week in the Tampa Bay community.  

However, since inception, the organization has grown to focus on the growth and development of minority businesses year-round. 

National and local MED Weeks are the country’s largest federally sponsored event by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Highlighting contributions 

In its 27th year, this conference has been instrumental to local entrepreneurs who are in different stages of their journeys.

“We have a clear purpose of enhancing business growth with this joint public-private sector event,” said Machelle Maner, board president.

“We take pride in highlighting the significant contributions made by minority-owned businesses in Tampa Bay and surrounding areas.”

The conference also focuses on empowering minority business leaders to be key stakeholders in diversifying the economy and helping to continuously strengthen businesses in and around the state.

Registration is required and more information can be found at



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