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Contact: Ashley Northington




Minority Enterprise Development Week, hosted by the Nashville Minority Business Center, will be held on Sunday, September 27 through Sunday, October 4. The week will feature one track specifically for entrepreneurs who want to do business with the federal government. The week will also feature a daylong workshop for entrepreneurs in the beauty industry.


NASHVILLE (September 10, 2015) – The Nashville Minority Business Center is set to host the 33rd annual Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week). The weeklong conference will be held from Sunday, September 27 through Tuesday, October 4. The conference aims to recognize the contributions made by minority businesses to the Nation’s economy and share best practices with local business owners on growing and scaling their businesses.


The conference will feature a myriad of small business development workshops and recognition events, including the R.H. Boyd Minority Business Achievement Awards, Minority Business Recognition Sunday, and the Power Networking Business Expo. For the first time ever, the week will also offer the Business of Beauty, a daylong workshop to provide business development resources and education specifically for beauty industry entrepreneurs.


Workshops will be led by longtime MED Week collaborator, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). This year, the SBA is bringing in top business development executives and successful program graduates to the Nashville to share information geared toward small business owners who want to secure contracts with the federal government.


The SBA is also bringing the ChallengeHER Women’s Conference to the Nashville MED Week Celebration. ChallengeHER assists woman business owners across the country to help them understand the Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Procurement Program, the federal procurement process, and to connect them with the business development specialists who can help support these women owned businesses to grow their enterprises.


The Business of Beauty, scheduled for Monday, September 28, is a day of programming targeted to professionals and aspiring entrepreneurs who work in the beauty industry and is designed to provide business development education, resources and inspiration to attendees.


Business of Beauty attendees will get the chance to interact with successful entrepreneurs who have built empires from successfully managing their craft and scaling their businesses, as well as hear from legal and insurance experts on how to legitimize and properly insure their businesses. Ylorie Taylor, Vice President of Marketing for Eden Body Works, a national natural skincare brand, will deliver the keynote address on brand development. Other highlights include a panel discussion featuring Courtney Adeleye of The Mane Choice Hair Solutions, Takeisha Berry Brooks of A Natural Affair Hair Salon and Naturals in the City Hair and Wellness Expo, and Angela Mitchell Hill of Nashville Nails and Salon Services by Na’Sah’s, and Brittany Pope of ArtOfficial Makeup. Panelists will share their challenges and triumphs of growing successful businesses in the beauty industry.


In addition to the SBA workshops and the Business of Beauty workshop, MED Week will also feature other activities including Minority Business Recognition Sunday, Power Networking Expo and work sessions on brand development and digital marketing. The week will conclude with the R.H. Boyd Minority Business Achievement Awards. For the complete schedule of events, visit


Interview opportunities are available. Contact Ashley Northington by phone at 1.855.809.6697 or 1.615.454.4563 or by e-mail at to schedule an interview or receive more information.



The Nashville Minority Business Center is funded in part by the State of Tennessee and operated by the Community Resource and Development Center, Inc., a nonprofit 501c3 social enterprise corporation. Its mission is to foster the establishment and growth of competitive minority-owned businesses in the State of Tennessee. The Nashville Minority Business Center is charged with providing management and technical assistance, and market development services to minority entrepreneurs. The benefits to community are successful, competitive minority-owned firms, wealth, and profit for the investors and entrepreneurs, high skill, higher paying jobs, increased tax revenues and strong local community development.


To learn more about the Nashville Minority Business Center, visit



Minority Enterprise Development Week (MEDWeek) is an annual national celebration in recognition of the contributions made by minority businesses to the Nation’s economy. This year will mark the 33rd Annual National MEDWeek celebration.






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