City Launches Week-Long Event Series and Celebrates Minority-Owned Businesses | Commerce Department


PHILADELPHIA CREAM On Monday, October 3, local government and business leaders will kick off the 38th annual Philadelphia Minority Business Development (MED) Week at the Parkway Central Library from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Each year, MED Week highlights spotlight various minority-owned businesses and the resources that help them grow. Throughout the first week of October, local organizations across the city will host events and workshops focused on this year’s theme, Shaping the future: increasing generational wealth That’s how we do it!”

“Minority Business Development Week provides businesses owned by minorities, women, and people with disabilities the practical tools they need to thrive in Philadelphia,” said Assistant Commerce Manager Lynn T. Newsome. “This year’s MED Week brings together subject matter experts, local community organizations and city departments to share essential knowledge on everything from how to market your business using social media to financial investments. These educational workshops offer business owners a way to build capacity and wealth for generations to come. »

MED Week 2022, which takes place from Monday October 3 to Friday October 7, offers more than 40 events, including educational workshops and interactive round tables. The annual Minority Business Celebration is co-chaired by the City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce, African American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ and DE, Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, and the Independence Business Alliance (Greater Philadelphia LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce).

“Business owners from all walks of life help fuel Philadelphia’s diverse economy and make possible our great city’s vibrant history,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “This year’s 38th Annual Minority Business Development Week is an opportunity to support our local businesses with resources while highlighting the accomplishments of various businesses that are boosting our economy and improving the quality of life for their employees.

Some of the more than 40 events in this year’s MED week include:

  • MED Week kick-off event (October 3, in-person): Join the Office of Economic Opportunity as we kick off the 38th annual MED Week! OEO will share information about the more than 40 events organized by partner organizations during the week and recognize several people and companies who have made an impact over the past year. Masks are encouraged. Register online.
  • Diverse Chambers Coalition MED Week Convocation (October 6, virtual): Join the Diverse Chambers Coalition of Greater Philadelphia for an event where business owners can network with each other and hear the results of the latest business-focused survey released by Diverse Chambers. Register online.
  • More Than Just a Paycheck: How to Engage and Retain Employees (October 6, Virtual): Join the Department of Commerce’s Office of Business Services, State Representative Donna Bullock, city departments and business owners for a panel discussion on how to engage and retain employees in today’s climate of Workforce. Register online.
  • Starting the Road to Generational Wealth (October 4, in person): Join the Power Up Your Business program from SCORE Philadelphia and the Community College of Philadelphia for four engaging workshops on starting and growing a business. Register online.
  • Developing Opportunities at the Navy Yard: Developing the Future (October 5, in person): Join Councilwoman Katherine Gilmore’s office for a discussion about the future of the Philadelphia Shipyard and the opportunities available to small businesses. Register online.

The full list of over 40 workshops and events during MED Week is available online at


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