Big Bend area observes week for minority business development
By Daija Barrett, News 20 at Five
Job Creation in America: Build It Here – Sell It Everywhere. That’s this year’s theme for the Big Bend Minority Enterprise Development Week, Sept. 23-28.
Ben Harris, chairman of MED Week, says the enterprise provides a sense of direction for businesses.
“What MED does is try to provide some direction to these businesses by providing workshops and technical assistance training on issues in areas they will need in order to run a successful business,” said Harris.
President Ronald Reagan first designated this week in 1983. It allows local and regional small, minority-owned businesses to celebrate the positive impact they’ve had on the economy.
Business owner Garry Simmons of Data Set Ready, Inc. says he’s continuing to see his business flourish.
“It’s good to know someone else sees what you’re doing around the community,” he said. “It’s an honor and hopefully it’ll be an inspiration to others especially other young business minorities and people who are starting a business.”