SAN ANTONIO, October 6, 2016 – The UTSA Institute for Economic Development’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center San Antonio will host its 34th Annual Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week) from October 14-20, 2016. This year’s theme, “The Flow of Entrepreneurship: Past / Present / Future,” will celebrate minority entrepreneurs and their champions.
Funded by the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, the MBDA Business Center San Antonio is part of a nationwide network of more than 40 MBDA business centers that have business specialists who support minority businesses access markets and capital.
The media is invited to attend the awards luncheon: On October 20, the San Antonio MBDA Business Center will host its Annual MED Week Awards Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Norris Conference Center in. The event will feature guest speakers including Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos and the National Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency Albert K. Shen (invited).
UTSA, the Institute for Economic Development and the San Antonio MBDA Business Center congratulate the 2016 MED Week award recipients who will be recognized at the luncheon.
MINORITY OWNED FIRMS
Minority Service Technology Firm of the Year: Frontera Concepts, LLC
Minority Technology Firm of the Year: Avosys Technology
Emerging Minority Technology Firm of the Year: Appddiction Studios
Minority Construction Firm of the Year: Fairway Landscape & Nursery, Inc.
Emerging Minority Construction Firm of the Year: Robinson General Contractors
Minority Food Manufacturing Firm of the Year: Adelita Tamales & Tortillas
Minority Veteran Firm of the Year: Recruit Veterans
Minority Entrepreneur of the Year: Jarvis Moore, Inc.
Minority Legacy Firm of the Year: Rio’s Golden Cut Family Salon
MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CHAMPIONS
Financial Services of the Year Award: Frost Bank
Chairman’s Award: San Antonio Business Opportunity Council
About UTSA’s Institute for Economic Development
The UTSA Institute for Economic Development (IED) is dedicated to growing businesses, creating jobs, and fostering economic development. The IED focuses on building the economy one business at a time.
The IED consists of 11 centers and programs that provide professional business advising, technical training, research, and strategic planning for entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders. These programs serve Greater San Antonio, the Texas-Mexico border area as well as regional, national and international stakeholders. Together with the federal, state and local governments, and private businesses, the UTSA Institute for Economic Development fosters economic and community development in support of UTSA’s community engagement mission. In 2015 the IED generated direct regional economic impact of 8,251 jobs, started 657 new businesses, $487 million in new financing, $41.5 million in new tax revenue and exceeded $2.1 billion in new sales, exports and contracts. For more information, visit www.iedtexas.org
The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in Texas and one of nine academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural institution, UTSA aims to be a national research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
UTSA serves nearly 29,000 students in 162 degree programs in the colleges of Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and Graduate School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond. For more information, visit www.utsa.edu/today.