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File #: 160734    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 9/8/2016 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 9/8/2016
Title: Supporting the National Minority Business Development Agency and recognizing the 32nd Anniversary of Philadelphia Minority Enterprise Development Week, held October 2 - 8, 2016, to celebrate the contributions of the minority business community and provide access to business development opportunities.
Sponsors: Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Domb
Attachments: 1. Signature16073400.pdf
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Supporting the National Minority Business Development Agency and recognizing the 32nd Anniversary of Philadelphia Minority Enterprise Development Week, held October 2 - 8, 2016, to celebrate the contributions of the minority business community and provide access to business development opportunities.

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WHEREAS, Since 1983, the U.S. President has proclaimed a National MED (Minority Enterprise Development) Week observance to recognize the outstanding achievements of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and to honor those corporations and financial institutions that support minority business development. Annual regional conferences and activities are organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) in collaboration with the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Office of Government Contracting and Business Development; and

WHEREAS, The MED Week celebration was started locally in Philadelphia in 1984 to honor and promote minority owned businesses in the Philadelphia area. The organizers of the first MED Week activities were Barbara Daniel Cox, former Director of Mayor Wilson Goode's Women's Commission and Bilal Abdul Qayyum, former Assistant Deputy Director of the City Commerce Department; and

WHEREAS, The 32nd Anniversary of Philadelphia MED Week is sponsored by corporations, hospitals, local colleges and universities, local and regional government agencies and organizations that are committed to supporting opportunities for minority businesses, including the African American Chamber of Commerce, Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the City of Philadelphia Commerce Department, and the MBDA Business Center of Pennsylvania; and

WHEREAS, Small businesses in Philadelphia and across the country are the cornerstone of economic growth, creating two-thirds of new jobs in the country and comprising 50% of America's employment. The...

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