MED Week Awards Program

The MBDA National MED Week Awards Program is designed to celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs, as well as individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing global minority business enterprise.

The MBDA awards are commemorative and will be given in the following categories:

MINORITY-OWNED FIRMS

  • Minority Construction Firm of the Year
    Presented to a minority-owned firm that has achieved outstanding success in private or public sector construction projects and has exhibited revenue and job growth over a sustained period of time.
  • Minority Export Firm of the Year
    Presented to the minority-owned firm that has achieved outstanding success in penetrating domestic and global markets.
  • Minority Manufacturing Firm of the Year
    Presented to a minority-owned firm that has achieved significant success in employing new and innovative techniques that led to a significant increase in market share, job growth and customer satisfaction.
  • Minority Energy Firm of the Year
    Presented to the minority-owned firm in the energy industry whose goods and services promote energy efficient projects achieving notable success resulting in improvement of the environment, proficiency, and customer satisfaction.
  • Minority Health Products And Services Firm of the Year
    Presented to a minority-owned firm that has improved the quality and delivery of healthcare through innovation.
  • Minority Technology Firm of the Year
    Presented to a minority-owned firm that has achieved outstanding success in promoting the use of technology in new and innovative ways, leading to greater efficiency and higher productivity.
  • Minority Marketing and Communication Firm of the Year
    Presented to a minority-owned firm who has achieved notable success in the marketing and communication industry by demonstrating creativity and impact.
  • Minority Professional Services Firm of the Year
    Presented to a minority owned firmed that has achieved outstanding success in professional, scientific and/or technical services.
  • MBDA Minority Business Enterprise of the Year
    Presented to a minority business enterprise that has exceeded industry standards and achieved phenomenal business success leading to significant growth, and job creation, while showing a commitment to social responsibility and strong community involvement.

Eligible nominees include, but are not limited to, business owners, business executives, nonprofit organizations, for-profit firms and institutions, universities and colleges, and representatives of local, state and federal governments.  These award are reserved for presentation to a minority business.

CHAMPIONS OF MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

  • Access to Capital Award
    Presented to an individual or organization who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the financial community by providing traditional and/or alternative working or investment capital to minority-owned businesses.
  • Advocate of the Year Award
    Presented to an individual or organization that has demonstrated significant accomplishment in advocating minority business enterprise as an economic force in the global economy.
  • Distinguished Supplier Diversity Award
    Presented to the organization or individual whose business practices have had a significant impact on the growth and development of minority-owned firms.

These awards are open to qualified nominees without regard to without regard to ethnicity.

INDIVIDUAL RECOGNITION

  • Abe Venable Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement
    This awards celebrates high standards of excellence, dedication, and accomplishment over a sustained period of time.  The award is granted to an individual who has played an integral role in the creative, technical or professional progress of minority business development over the course of his/her life.
  • Ronald H. Brown Leadership Award
    This award is inspired by the outstanding leadership of the late U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Ronald H. Brown. As the first African-American to serve as the Department’s Secretary, he was a staunch advocate for diversity and business expansion. The Award recognizes individuals who have achieved significant results in creating diversity, expanding minority business enterprise and who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in the public or private sector.

These awards are open to qualified nominees without regard to without regard to ethnicity.

How do I submit my nomination?

Nomination period is open; visit https://medweek.mbda.gov/form/awards-nomination to submit a nomination.

Key Timeline

Nomination Deadline: Monday, May 1, 2017

Award Recipients Announced: July 2017

The presentations of the MBDA National MED Week Awards Program will take place at a ceremony to be held during 2017 National Minority Enterprise Development Week.

Who should I contact if I have questions about the MED Week Awards Program?

Please contact Antavia Grimsley at 1-202 482-7458 or via email at agrimsley@mbda.gov

How will the winners be notified?

MBDA will contact winners by phone and may post their names, pictures and biographies on the Agency website (www.mbda.gov), the MED Week Conference website (medweek.mbda.gov) and social media channels.