The City of Durham will participate in Minority Enterprise Development Week October 1 – 5! Each year, the Bull City participates in the national week long event.  Since 1983, the U.S. President has proclaimed a National MED Week observance to recognize the outstanding achievements of minority business enterprises (MBEs) and to honor those corporations and financial institutions that support minority business development. The theme for this year’s week long program is “Job Creation in America: Build It Here, Sell It Everywhere”.

Durham has a number of opportunities for businesses to participate in MED Week. Check out the events below and register!

Monday, October 1

Construction Forecast 2012-2014 (FREE)

A panel will discuss the current state of the construction industry and the next two years’ possible opportunities in Durham City and County governments, Durham Public Schools, North Carolina Central University, Duke University Facilities Management, and Skanska.
Click here to register

Tuesday, October 2

2012 Awards Luncheon ($25)

Keynote Speaker: Jean Davis, Director of International Trade,NC Department of Commerce

Hear how North Carolina assists with job creation by helping small businesses develop markets internationally, and learn which North Carolina goods and services might be in demand. Small Business Awards will highlight this event.

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Wednesday, October 3

Greet the Purchasers ($20 for Chamber members; $30 for non-members)

In today’s economy, it’s about connections and who you know. Meet with purchasing agents and decision makers from large companies and government agencies. Learn what they buy locally, how they offer bids and more!

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Confirmed companies include:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
City of Durham
Duke Hospital
Duke University
Durham County
Eisai Inc.
Frontier Communications
PSNC Energy
YMCA of the Triangle

Multicultural Business After-Hours ($10)

Meet and greet business owners and professionals to develop new business opportunities in a relaxed, fun-filled atmosphere with free food and door prizes.

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Thursday, October 4

International Trade Seminar (FREE)

A panel of experts from the US Export Assistance Center, NC Department of Commerce International Trade Division and NC Department of Agriculture International Trade Marketing Office will discuss services, programs and resources available to assist small businesses with international business opportunities.

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Friday, October 5

Golf with a Minority Business Day

“Hit the links” on a recently renovated golf course and connect with a diverse group of executives and business owners from around the state. Don’t play golf? Why not participate in a golf clinic?

9:30 a.m.: Registration and Continental Breakfast
10 a.m.: Shotgun Start
11 a.m.: Golf Clinic

Register as a golfer ($40)

Register as a non-golfer ($10)

For more information, contact Linda Gunn at 919.956.2334 or email