Minority Enterprise Development Corp. works to ensure the success of minority-owned businesses throughout the region.
Minority Enterprise Development Corp. (MEDC) is a partnership of public, private and nonprofit agencies supporting minority business leaders. This is done through numerous initiatives and events, while also promoting growth and competitiveness for the more than eight million minority-owned businesses throughout the U.S.
To connect minority-owned businesses to educational and growth opportunities.
- To promote economic development in the minority business community.
- To bring together minority business owners engaged in various industries to further enhance and create business opportunities through the interchange of experiences, ideas and interests.
- To provide educational and growth assistance to minority-owned businesses through workshops, seminars and access to opportunities.
Formerly known as ‘Minority Enterprise Development Week’, or M.E.D. Week, events were initially coordinated by the Department of Commerce’s Minority Enterprise Development Agency under the leadership of Thomas Huggins.
Upon the closure of the Tampa office of the Minority Business Center, local individuals concerned about losing access to an invaluable resource, lead the initiative to aid minority-owned businesses in the Tampa Bay area.
Minority Enterprise Development Corporation of Tampa Bay, Inc. was formed from the vision of these leaders and was established in 1992 to support the success of minority-owned businesses throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk counties.
MEDC coordinates the Minority Enterprise Development Conference and hosts other events throughout the year to support, strengthen and grow minority entrepreneurs and businesses in Tampa and beyond through education, connections and community.