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Minority Business Development Agency Seeking Nominations for 2020 National Minority Enterprise Development Week Awards

The United States Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is seeking nominations for the 2020 National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Awards. These annual awards are designed to honor businesses, organizations, and individuals that have demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing the minority business community and our Nation’s economy.

“The MED Week celebration and award program for minority business enterprises has been in existence for nearly 40 years,” said David Byrd, MBDA National Deputy Director. “In the unprecedented times our nation is facing during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue the tradition of commemorating National MED Week. We look forward to acknowledging, recognizing, and encouraging the well-deserved accomplishments and ingenuity being demonstrated in the minority business community at this critical time.”

For the first time, the annual National MED Week events will be a virtual experience including dedicated programming for the 2020 MED Week award winners.

Nominations are accepted in three award categories: Minority Firms of the Year, Champions of Minority Business Development, and Individual Recognition.  For eligibility information and details on submitting nominations please visit  All applications must be received by July 15, 2020.

About the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency ( is the only federal agency solely dedicated to fostering the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. minority business enterprises.  MBDA programs are focused on economic empowerment and leading minority business enterprises through business transformation. For 50 years, MBDA has helped minority-owned firms get access to capital, contracts, build scale and capacity, and expand into new markets.

Source: MBDA

2020 Disability:IN Conference To Be Held July 13-16

Update: 2020 Disability:IN Annual Conference & Expo will now be a Virtual Event due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Start Date: July 13, 2020

End Date: July 16, 2020

Location: Online


The Disability: IN Conference & Expo promotes an inclusive global economy that empowers people with disabilities to participate fully and meaningfully. It will empower business to achieve disability equality and inclusion. The shared commitment is to collaborate with a purpose to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities, to inspire accessible innovation for all. This year, due to the unprecedented situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, Disability:IN and its Board of Directors have decided the 2020 Disability:IN Annual Conference & Expo will now be a Virtual Event. For more updates, please visit the 2020 Disability:IN event website.

Minority Business Executive Program To Be Held September 20-25

The Minority Business Executive Program (MBEP) is a one-week residential program that takes place annually on campus at the University of Washington (Seattle, Washington). The intensive curriculum grows business leaders from companies owned by individuals who are people of color, women, veteran, disabled, LGBTQ and other minority groups, helping them to position their companies for today’s global economy.

Participants learn to utilize financial tools to make better business decisions, develop strategic plans for growth and sustainability, identify new technologies to scale operations, learn how to market their products and services more effectively, explore strategies to access global markets, and develop their leadership acumen. They return to their business with enhanced knowledge, a renewed personal energy, and an invaluable network of fellow diverse business leaders.

Source: Foster School of Business

The Conference Board’s 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Conference

The 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Conference: Building Organizations Where Everyone Can Belong, Contribute and Succeed, will be held November 12-13, 2020 in New York City.

The conference, presented by the Conference Board, has been ongoing for more than two decades and it prides itself on being one of North America’s longest-running and best-attended diversity and inclusion events. The two-day conference will feature success stories from a wide range of organizations and practitioners from diverse backgrounds, and boasts a number of interactive sessions, in-depth cases and inspiring presentations from a number of acknowledged thought leaders. It will also address the culture of organizations, identify and explore effective Diversity an Inclusion practice and link these to the needs and results of the business.

Who Should Attend

  • CDOs and C-Level executives
  • Vice Presidents and Directors of:
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Talent Management
    • Human Resources
  • Professionals with responsibility for:
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Organization Culture
    • Leadership Development
    • Employee Engagement
    • Learning
    • Succession Planning
    • Program Managers
    • Learning and Development
    • Employee Relations
    • Talent Acquisition
    • Global Business, Ethics and Integrity
    • Total Rewards

Can’t Miss Sessions: 

  • Addressing Unconscious Bias – What Really Works and What Doesn’t
  • Allyship in Action – The Case Of “Men For Inclusion” at Cisco – Antonette Ligons, Program Manager, Information Technology, Cisco

For additional details, please visit