Programs & Upcoming Events

Minority Enterprise Development Corporation provides minority entrepreneurs opportunities throughout the year for mentoring, educational workshops and round table discussions with industry leaders as well as the annual Minority Business Showcase Bus Tour.

Minority Colleges and Universities Grant Competition

Aug. 16, 2021 – 11:59pm EDT – Applications Due

Aug 3, 2021 – 2pm-3pm EDT – Pre-Application Conference


The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is seeking proposals to advance its pilot program to support entrepreneurship for undergraduate students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions (NHSIs), and Alaska Native Serving Institutions (ANSIs).

The goal of this broad agency announcement is to establish five (5) pilot projects, one at each type of institution above, to lay the foundation for a future generation of entrepreneurial leaders and innovators that will help strengthen U.S. global competitiveness, job creation, and the overall U.S. economy.

Learn more about the application process and deadlines by viewing the Notice of Funding Opportunity. Also, register to attend the pre-application conference scheduled for August 3rd, 2021 at 2-3 pm ET.

Minority Colleges and Universities Grant Competition

Empowerment Business Conference hosted by AACCCF

Aug 3 & 4, 2021 – 8:30am to 4pm EDT


The AACCCF will host its Second Annual Empowerment Business Conference during Black Business Month on August 3rd and 4th.

Attendees will learn from and engage with business professionals from a variety of industries. The agenda is expertly crafted to help businesses both big and small take advantage of growth and development opportunities in Central Florida. Deshauna Barber, Entrepreneur, Miss USA 2016 and CEO of Service Women’s Action Network will kick-start day one. This is an event no entrepreneur should miss!

Empowerment Business Conference

Hillsborough County's Small Business Community

July 9, 2021 – 9am EDT


Connect with Hillsborough County’s Small Business Community!

This session will focus on products Made in America!  in recognition of Independence Day.

The Local Stories Live series lets participants connect with local successful small business owners for lively discussions on what it takes to survive and thrive as a small business.

The County’s Entrepreneur Collaborative Center (ECC) will host the monthly live, virtual panel discussions, each focusing on a different small business sector, on the second Friday of each month at 9 a.m.

The 30 minute discussions will each feature three different local business leaders and will be followed by a brief question and answer period. Established business owners, entrepreneurs, and anyone interested in the local business community are invited to participate in the sessions and learn why supporting local makes all the difference in Hillsborough County.

Hillsborough County Small Business Community

Inside the Investor's Mind

June 30, 2021 – 12pm-1:30pm EDT


Curious about investing in early-stage, high growth tech startups?

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to sit in on live pitches from real startups raising cash from some of Florida’s top angel investment groups.

The deals have already happened, but in this “Shark Tank style” event, we peel back the curtain and break down how early-stage investing really works. Listen in as investors ask questions, discuss and evaluate deals – and best of all – find out what really went down. Who invested? How much? And where are the companies now?

By the end of the event, the only question left to ask will be, what would you do…?

If you’re interested in early-stage tech investing, don’t miss this chance to learn from proven investors betting on some of Florida’s most exciting startups!

Inside the Investor's Mind

Tampa Bay Chamber's Minority Business Accelerator Info Session for Cohort '23

June 30, 2021 – 11:30am-12:30pm EDT – Link to Flyer

Tampa Bay Chamber: 201 N. Franklin Street Suite 201, Tampa, FL 33602 


The Minority Business Accelerator is a program of the Tampa Bay Chamber Foundation designed to help Black and Hispanic businesses prepare for growth. The Minority Business Accelerator helps these businesses identify and overcome barriers, which often include limited access to capital, key decision makers, and information. By providing practical tools for change, program participants are positioned to increase capacity, create jobs and build wealth. Thus, creating a diverse and inclusive business community and acting as a catalyst to drive positive economic impact in the Tampa Bay Region.

Tampa Bay Chamber's Minority Business Accelerator Info Session for Cohort '23

Grow with Google

June 29, 2021 – 1:30pm-2:30pm EDT


Learn about the Google Business Profile, a free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps. In this session you’ll learn how to:

  • Create or claim your Business Profile on Google
  • Manage your business info across Google Search and Maps
  • Use Google My Business to connect with potential customers
  • Create a free website using the info from your Business Profile
Led by Pamela Starr, a professional trainer for Grow with Google, this is a presentation all small business owners should attend.
Grow with Google

Women That Mean Business: Hispanic Chamber of Tampa Bay June 2021 Networking Luncheon

June 29, 2021 – 11:30am


We will have three women telling their stories to inspire others. Business that started from an idea, inspiration or an opportunity; these women stand for what they believe and make things happen.

Every obstacle was concur, even in the midst of health problems and family loss, they never gave up. Learn from them what was “their secret weapon”… Come and get inspired and reinvent your business and yourself in 2021.


$35 for Members and Non Members

For more information visit our website or email us at: info@TampaHispanicChamber.com

Women That Mean Business

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay (HCCTB) Networking & Concert

June 24, 2021 – 6pm-10pm


FREE EVENT! But please register for capacity purposes. HCCTB Networking event and Concert. An After Hours event. Relax, enjoy great music, while building long lasting business relationship.

$150 sponsorship available. More details contact info@tampahipsanicchamber.com

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay

Supporting Black-Owned Businesses: Entrepreneur Magazine Webinar

June 17, 2021 – 3pm-4pm EDT


While the coronavirus pandemic has impacted all small businesses, it hasn’t affected everyone equally. Research from the State of Small Business Report reveals that Black-owned small businesses have faced higher closure rates, and lower sales than non-minority businesses.

In this panel, small business owners will join Irene Walker & Flavia Cuervo from Facebook Elevate to discuss how digital tools and personalized ads have given businesses the ability to thrive in the pandemic. The panel will also provide the audience with actionable takeaways on things they can do to help their businesses and walk away inspired.

Supporting Black-Owned Businesses

Supplier Diversity: Uncovering Opportunities

April 29, 2021 – 2pm-3pm EDT (1pm-2pm CDT)

JPMorgan Chase is committed to the success of diverse businesses through our event series, “Supplier Diversity: Uncovering Opportunities.” These events connect diverse businesses interested in procurement opportunities with JPMorgan Chase and Fortune 500 executives leading their supplier diversity efforts.

The firm is joining AT&T, which spent approximately $14 Billion with diverse firms in 2019, to share insights and best practices for diverse businesses. We’re also proud to be joined by SHI International, a woman-owned supplier to the firm and Middle Market client, which will share its perspective on supplier opportunities and diversity within its supply chain.

The one-hour virtual session will cover topics including:

  • How SHI approached supplier opportunities with Fortune 500 companies
  • Considerations AT&T and JPMorgan Chase make when looking for diverse suppliers
  • Tips on incorporating diverse suppliers into your own supply chain
Supplier Diversity - Uncovering Opportunities

2021 MEI Florida Showcase & Pitch Competition

July 9, 2021 – 5:30pm – 9pm

May 9, 2021 – 11:59pm: Applications Close

Our mission is to close the economic and educational gap in minority communities across the midwest and southeast through entrepreneurship.

We’re looking for startups operated by Black, LatinX, or Female Founders with a primary headquarters in the state of Florida. We accept companies across all sectors.

2021 MEI Florida Showcase & Pitch Competition

The Power of Personalized Ads

April 27, 2021 – 3pm-4pm (Free)
Personalized ads are the superpower that help small businesses compete and grow on their terms. Their shot at success and growth is integrally tied to their ability to reach their customers and potential customers in a way that’s easy and affordable. Join us on April 27 for an opportunity to hear from a panel of SMB owners that share their journey and successes with digital tools through the pandemic.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn about the current state of small businesses around the world and how their owners are dealing with the effects of COVID-19
  • Hear from other business owners and learn about the value of personalized ads and how you can leverage them to grow your business
Power of Personalized Ads

Minority & Small Business Boot Camp

11-Session Webinar Series Beginning April 7, 2021

An 11-session webinar series designed to educate minority and small businesses regarding information integral to growth and success. Each 1-hour long session will provide small business owners, staff and team members who support them with the resources needed to create, maintain and grow a successful business. This one-time registration will allow attendees to participate in all 11 sessions.

  • Session 1 | April 7 – The Secret to Writing a Great Business Plan
  • Session 2 | April 21 – A Quick Guide to Becoming MBE/WBE Certified
  • Session 3 | May 5 – Accessing Capital: How to Make Your Business Bankable
  • Session 4 | May 18-19 – Sustain the Pivot: Virtual Small Business Resiliency Conference (Additional Registration Required for Session #4 here.)
  • Session 5 | June 2 – Innovating The Customer Experience with Design Thinking
  • Session 6 | June 16 – Start Your Marketing Strategy
  • Session 7 | June 30 – Maximizing Your Presence Online
  • Session 8 | July 14 – Building a Winning Website
  • Session 9 | July 28 – How to Insure My Small Business & Why Should I Care
  • Session 10 | August 11 – Going from Side Hustle to Enterprise
  • Session 11 | August 25 – How to Take Your Small Business Global
Minority & Small Business Boot Camp

Virtual Small Business Resiliency Conference: Sustain the Pivot

May 18, 2021 – 1pm-5pm
May 19, 2021 – 9am-1pm


Presented in partnership by the Florida SBDC Network and the Office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, the Virtual Small Business Resiliency Conference is a no-cost event for Florida’s small businesses and entrepreneurs.

The purpose of this virtual conference is to assist and provide resources for small businesses to #SustainThePivot most have endured due to the global pandemic, as well as highlight the expertise, knowledge, and available assistance the Florida SBDC Network and the Office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio have to offer.

Virtual Small Business Resiliency Conference: Sustain the Pivot

COVID-19 Vaccinations & the Black Community

April 1, 2021 – 6pm
A candid discussion about vaccines, the black community, and how it impacts business.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Washington Hill, Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Sarasota Memorial Hospital
  • Alan Worden, CEO, Community Data Platforms
  • Anna Tapp, Lead Data Scientist, Community Data Platforms

We are discussing the need to collect data and how it will allow us to understand why or why not our community is choosing to be vaccinated. Come join the discussion with our Community Partners at Community Data Platform. Our guests will walk us through the importance of collecting this data and how it will propel us to better understand the results.

Come join the MBCC team and Mr. Alan Worden, CEO, and Ms. Anna Tapp, Lead Data Scientist, with Community Data Platforms for a roundtable discussion.

COVID-19 Vaccines and the Black Community

Women Mean Bu$ine$$ International Conference

March 26, 2021 – 2pm – 7pm

Join us for this power-packed women conference. Registrants will have the opportunity to connect and Interface with outstanding businesswomen owners, leaders and executives from around the nation and the world. Limited in-person seating capacity.

The Women Mean Bu$ine$$ International Conference is an Initiative of the M. Gill*Her Foundation.

JW Marriott Miami Hotel, 1109 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131

Women Mean Bu$ine$$ International Conference

HART Virtual Small Business Forum

March 25, 2021 – 10am – 11:30am
HART Procurement will share how to find opportunities while you get information from local agencies that offer free small business certifications and obtain information on how to register as a potential vendor with HART.
HART Virtual Small Business Forum

MBDA Federal Procurement Center Project

March 22, 2021

The Minority Business Development Agency invites you to register for the Pre-Application Conference for the Federal Procurement Center Project on March 22, 2021.

Submission deadline is April 17, 2021.

MBDA Federal Procurement Center Project

9th Annual CEO Breakfast

Coming Soon!

More information soon.

By invitation only.


Minority Business Matchmaker

Coming Soon!

Make the right connections!

The Minority Business Matchmaker is designed for all minority-owned businesses to meet supplier diversity and purchasing professionals from corporate and government entities.


Business Workshops

Designed to help you grow your business.

Workshops held during the next Minority Enterprise Development Conference. 


Minority Business Showcase Bus Tour

Coming Soon!

Minority Enterprise Development Corporation hosts a group of Purchasing Agents and Minority Business Specialists by motor coach to visit seven minority-owned businesses in one day.  The purpose of the Bus Tour is to allow business owners who could do business with these Purchasing Agents, to showcase their businesses while meeting the participants.

By invitation only.


CEO Roundtable

Coming Soon!

Hosted and sponsored by Pinellas County Economic Development

By invitation only.


Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Conference

Coming Soon!

Minority Enterprise Development Corporation and sponsors host the annual Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Conference Workshops and Awards Luncheon.  This year’s theme is “Growing to the Next Level”.

Conference workshops provide industry-education to minority business owners while providing opportunities to connect with government and corporate supplier diversity professionals. During the Conference, the annual awards program also recognizes minority business owners who have demonstrated growth and leadership in Tampa Bay.

MEDC Annual Conference $99 Investment in Yourself Flyer