UNCW To Host Inaugural Cape Fear Region Minority Enterprise Development Week Conference Dec. 15

Monday, November 23, 2015

The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Facilities are hosting the inaugural Cape Fear Region Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Conference “Connecting and Collaborating: A Winning Game Plan.”

Cape Fear 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. The event will be held Dec. 15 at 8:30 a.m. in the Warwick Center on the UNCW campus. The conference is free and open to the public. The deadline to register for the event is Dec. 8.  

“This is a wonderful first-time event for our region,” said Kent Guion, the university’s chief diversity officer. “The collaboration of the partners has been outstanding and demonstrates the importance of minority enterprises to enhancing opportunities in our community.”

Attendees will have the opportunity hear about industry trends and participate in a panel discussion with local industry leaders. UNCW Men’s Basketball Coach Kevin Keatts is the keynote speaker. 

Sponsors for the event include Cameron School of Business, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, City of Wilmington, Duke Energy, GE Hitachi Nuclear, Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Ken Weeden & Associates, Inc., New Hanover County and the North Carolina Port Authority.

Cape Fear MED Week is among the events being held nationwide as as part of the national observance of MED Week, created by presidential proclamation in 1983.

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

-- Venita Jenkins