O’Connor: OKC celebrates and supports minority businesses

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Cathy O’Connor

Do you know of a minority business owner in Oklahoma City who has demonstrated wise leadership, inspired people, or created new and original ideas? Applications are open to recognize these leaders in four different categories and each award them $ 1,000 grants as part of OKC Minority Business Development Week 2021. To be eligible, businesses must be owned, operated and controlled by an ethnic minority and be located in Oklahoma City. Applications will be accepted until October 1 at www.okcmed.biz.

Oklahoma City Minority Business Development Week, October 11-16, will begin with an awards ceremony honoring these outstanding minority business owners. Participants will enjoy live music, food and drink. Throughout the week there will be networking events, learning sessions and resources for minority business owners and entrepreneurs. “Commercial Real Estate Decision Making” will be presented by Cushman & Wakefield, “Black Entrepreneurship and Community Growth in Oklahoma City” will be presented via Facebook Live, and “OKC Tech ++” will host entrepreneurs and business owners from the industry from technology for presentations and discussion of growth in this important industry. Most events are free and open to the public.

The week ends Saturday with a PlaceKeepers developer conference featuring essential information and contacts for those working or interested in real estate development or investing in minority communities in Oklahoma City. The conference will provide valuable information to take a closer look at several revitalization projects initiated or completed in Northeast Oklahoma City and identify opportunities for new developments by discussing upcoming public and private investments. The event, presented by Northeast OKC Renaissance, is intended to stimulate project ideas and new collaborations to increase the number and size of real estate development projects in Northeast Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City Minority Enterprise Development Week is a collaboration between many partners, sponsors and contributors. The presenting sponsor is First Security Bank, a black-owned bank that has been helping minority entrepreneurs, real estate developers and small businesses in eastern Oklahoma City for more than 50 years. Other sponsors include Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Oklahoma City Branch, Cushman & Wakefield, Yelp, Progress OKC, We the People Consulting, Calle 25 Historic Capitol Hill District, OKC Black Chamber of Commerce, Asian District Cultural Association, NE OKC Renaissance Inc. and the Oklahoma City Innovation District.

To register for events or find out more, www.okcmed.biz.

Cathy O’Connor is the President of Oklahoma City Economic Development Alliance.


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