Cape Fear Region Minority Enterprise Development Week Conference

Thursday, October 19

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The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Facilities will host the third annual Cape Fear Region Minority Enterprise Development Week Conference on Oct. 19.

The MED Week conference will begin at 8 a.m. at the Burney Center on the UNCW campus. This year’s theme is “Managing the Challenge of Change.” The deadline to register is Oct. 13.

Oscar Lewis, president of The Lewis Company, is the keynote speaker. Lewis is among minority innovators who are advancing the transportation industry. His company, a veteran-minority global air traffic systems and airport engineering firm, improves air traffic control safety, procedures and airport traffic flow efficiency. Lewis’s patent for the Smart Airport Landing System is in the testing phase with the Federal Aviation Administration. The Lewis Company’s clients include the federal government, pharmaceutical companies, local government agencies and energy companies.

Lewis, the 2016 National MBA of the Year, earned his Master of Science degree from Houston Baptist University and his undergraduate degree in computer science with honors from Alabama State University. He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force and served as a squadron commander at Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin, Texas. While serving on the U.S. Air Force Inspector General staff, Lewis inspected air traffic procedures, training and operations at airports throughout the country.

In recognition of UNCW’s 70th anniversary, MED Week will spotlight minority firms that have been in business for at least seven decades. A select number of UNCW business students will be able to network with business leaders during the conference.

Cape Fear Region MED Week recognizes the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs and honors individuals and organizations that support minority business development. The conference provides opportunities for networking and discussion of critical issues affecting business and economic growth. Cape Fear Region MED WEEK is among the events being held nationwide as a part of the national observance of MED Week, created by presidential proclamation in 1983.

For more information about Cape Fear Region MED Week, visit or contact Cheryl Sutton at