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“Minority Enterprise Development Week Has Been An Important Stepping Stone To The Growth of Our Reputation”
Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week of WNC 30-year anniversary press conference held at The Asheville Chamber of Commerce August 27, 2013 was a testament to the ongoing success past recipients gain as a result of receiving MED Week award recognition.
Lawrence Peterson of Peterson’s Appliances, 2007 award winner stated, “Someone was just telling me the other day that more than 30 people recommended my business to one person who asked where they could find a washing machine repair man.”
Mr. Peterson attributes this word-of-mouth sensation to a strong sense of commitment and consistent work ethic.
The press conference was a reminder that non-profit organizations such as MED Week of WNC garner trust and maintain a presence of equality for ethnic minorities who have and will establish businesses in Western North Carolina.
Joseph and Laralyn Riverwind of Native Touch, 2012 award winners shared, “Having the honor of winning the business of the year award has been an important stepping stone to the growth of our reputation across the country. We recently were nominated for the Martha Stewart American Made Award. One award leads to further recognition and we believe winning the business of the year award last year has helped people understand how important our products have become in the marketplace.”
This year, along with feeling the very real accomplishments of the businesses and lives that have been positively affected by their mission, the MED Week of WNC Committee will celebrate with performances from regional cultural dance troupes at their annual celebration. The event is open to the community on Thursday, September 26, 2013 beginning at 5:30pm at Homewood nestled in the Montford community on Zillicoa Avenue in Asheville.
The mission of the Minority Enterprise Development Committee is to provide the best leadership and direction for the promotion, establishment and development of minority businesses in Western North Carolina through education, communication and advocacy.