Fourth Annual Cape Fear Regional Minority Enterprise Development Week
in conjunction with the Coalition’s Business Roundtables

October 24-25, 2018
"The Art of Mastering Your Business ROR (Return on Relationship)"


Wednesday, Oct. 24  
2 p.m. Opening
2 - 4:15 p.m. Workshop: Katrina Harrell
"Sustain Your Dream! How Developing Structures and Systems Keep Your Business in Business"
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Welcome and Reception:
  Events include:
  • Vendor Expo
  • MBE Spotlight Awards
  • Music Selections by
    saxophonist, Benny Hill
  • Heavy hors d'oeuvres
Thursday, Oct. 25  
7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Registration Check-in/Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Business Coalition Roundtables Opening
Three sessions at 8:15, 8:40, 9:05
9:30 a.m. MED Week Welcome
9:40 - 10:40 a.m. Keynote: Gloria Shealey
“The IMPACT of You in the Success of Your Business”
10:50 a.m - 12:10 p.m. Session 1 Concurrent Workshops:
  • Natural Disasters: Building Resiliency and Speeding Recovery
  • The Elusive Government Contract
12:15 p.m.

12:45 - 1:30 p.m.


Motivational Speaker: Suprena Hickman
“Taking Care of Self While Taking Care of Business”

1:40 - 3:10 p.m.
Session 2 Concurrent Workshops:
  • Create the Killer Elevator Pitch
  • Where Can I Get Business Financing?



Keynote speaker: Gloria Shealey, president and CEO of The Daniele Company, is an accomplished construction and business engineering services executive with more than 25 years of experience. Over the past 12 years, the company developed collaborative partnerships that has allowed it to build capacity and complete more than $560 million in projects in K-12 and higher education, healthcare and life sciences, governmental institutions, and manufacturing concerns focused in pharmaceutical, automotive and aviation construction.

Shealey served as the first woman president of the National Association of Minority Contractors and was inducted into NAMC's Hall of Fame. She is a founding member and former chair of the North Carolina Chapter of NAMC and United Minority Contractors of North Carolina. She has received numerous awards, including the 2018 Woman of the Year by the Greater Durham Black Chamber of Commerce.

Workshop Leader: Katrina M. Harrell, CEO of Sage22 Ventures, LLC, is a serial entrepreneur, business strategist and community advocate. As founder of Sage22 Ventures, LLC, Harrell helps entrepreneurs in high-growth and return industries become more sustainable and profitable and establishes workforce development projects throughout North Carolina. Sage22 Ventures clients include construction companies, nonprofit organizations and municipalities. Harrell is the co-founder of The Launch Project (@LaunchWilmington), an economic empowerment, business training company and entrepreneurship investment for underserved individuals in predominantly distressed communities.

Motivational Speaker: Suprena Hickman, RN, Chief Escape Officer, Suprena Hickman Enterprises, has worked in many aspects of nursing for more than 17 years. She is the founder of Escape 2 Sisterhood, a wellness organization for women, and co-founder of a teen empowerment organization called Girls Rocking in the South, an Escape 2 Sisterhood's teen mentoring group. She also operates her own home-based bakery business called Sweet Escapes by Suprena.

Registration deadline is October 20, 2018.

Cape Fear MED Week is a part of the nationwide observance of Minority Enterprise Development Week.

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Registration Information 
Do you plan on attending the reception on 10/24 at 4:30, which includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, Vendor Expo, MBE Spotlight Awards, and Saxophonist Benny Hill?

Do you plan on attending the breakfast on 10/25 between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m.? This immediately precedes the Coalition’s Business Roundtables (8:00 a.m.) and keynote address by Gloria Shealey (9:30 a.m.)?

Do you plan on attending the luncheon with motivational speaker, Suprena Hickman, on 10/25 at 12:15 pm? (Workshop Session 1 is just before and Workshop Session 2 is just after lunch.)

Will you participate in the Coalition’s Roundtables on 10/25 from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.?(3 roundtable discussions at 8:15, 8:40 and 9:05 a.m.)

Would you like to share your contact information with attendees for networking purposes?

Did you attend the 2017 MED Week conference?

Did you attend the 2016 MED Week conference?

How did you hear about MED Week?