Event showcases impact of minority business owners

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — The city of Greenville and Greenville Utilities hosted a Minority Enterprise Development Week luncheon Thursday.

It was part of the city’s annual Minority Enterprise Development Week, which is being held September 25-29.

The week is designed to showcase the impacts of minority enterprises on the local economy.

Mayor Pro Tem Rose Glover says MED week is a great time for potential business owners to get started.

“This is why you have to have a program like this to make sure that everyone that wants to start a business in Greenville has the opportunity to do so.” said Glover.

Johnkevia Tyson owns a construction business and knows the ups and downs of not having support.

“It’s very important to have someone or a group of people that you can actually talk to that’s been through or going through the same thing,” said Tyson.

The annual event provides exposure for small business, according to MED coordinator Ferdinand Rouse.

“A lot of times minority owned and women owned firms don’t get the spotlight they deserve or they should get,” said Rouse. “We feel like giving them a week to highlight their businesses.”

The event also helps newcomers like Tyson learn from other entrepreneurs.

“We have the opportunity to talk with fellow business owners and learn from each others mistakes,” said Tyson.

Each year since 1983, the President of the United States has proclaimed a week as National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week to honor the achievements and many contributions of minority entrepreneurs, individuals and organizations that support minority business development.

The City of Greenville has replicated this week on the local level to recognize our outstanding MWBE community.

During the week, there was also an art showcase featuring businesses and organizations dedicated to producing art and cultural artifacts in the city.

A later event will be held at the Emerge Gallery Friday at 7 p.m. It is free to the public.

Organizers are also seeking submissions for a visual art exhibit to be featured in the Greenville community.

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