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Sept. 15 breakfast kicks off MED Week; 6 businesses to be recognized

A breakfast featuring keynote speaker and local entrepreneur Andrew Harold, CEO and president ofmedweek A. Harold and Associates, LLC., will kick off Minority enterprise Development (MED) Week. The breakfast will be Sept. 15, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Beaver Street Enterprise Center, 1225 W. Beaver Street, Jacksonville.

MED Week commemorates the contribution of the nation’s minority entrepreneurs and firms to all levels of the economy. In Duval County, MED Week is hosted by the First Coast Business Alliance (FCBA) in collaboration with the U.S. Small Business Administration and other partners from the public and private sectors. It offers participants an opportunity to interface and discuss issues relevant to this important segment of the nation’s business sector.

The national theme for this year’s MED Week is “Energizing the American Economy with Minority Business Enterprises.” 

Local MED Week celebrations will include a trade fair on Sept. 17, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by an awards luncheon, whose keynote speaker will be Cleve Warren from Essential Capital Finance, Inc. This event will take place at the Marriott Hotel on Salisbury Road. Individuals to be recognized at the luncheon include:

• Andrew Harold of A. Harold & Associates, Professional Firm of the Year;

• Grace Huxtable-Mount of Huxtable Education, Woman-Owned Business of the Year;

• Ruth Murr of Printing Edge, Service Firm of the Year;

• Joanne Kazmierski of Jacksonville Port Authority, Advocate of the Year;

• Anita Hyde of Celebrations Flowers Balloons & Gifts, Retail Firm of the Year; and

• Anthony Arnett of Arnett Contracting Company, Up and Coming Firm of the Year.

Later that evening, FCBA will host a mixer from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Karpeles Museum, 101 West First St.

To register, please call 904-463-3562 or e-mail LSmith@primerica.com by Sept. 8. A copy of the brochure describing the week’s events is available To get a copy of a brochure describing the week’s events, click here.

FCBA, formerly known as the Minority enterprise Development Steering Committee, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization made up of representatives from public- and private-sector organizations and small business owners. It is committed to economic growth and development of minority businesses on the First Coast.


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