What benefits are provided by BDI? BDI prides itself on being a resource for small business owners. A monthly newsletter the "BDI Buzz," publishes upcoming training and educational events in our region; additionally, BDI directly produces numerous training opportunities throughout the year to support the growth of minority-owned and woman-owned businesses. These include the signature Leadership Recharge event, Minority Enterprise Development Week [aligned with national MED Week] and our Breakthrough Breakfast series. Take a look at our upcoming training schedule and register for an event today.
What is MED Week? BDI is proud to be the longstanding, local host of Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week for Oregon and SW Washington, a national celebration of minority-owned businesses, their contributions to local economy and community along with recognition of diversity practitioners/entities. MED Week is celebrated annually with a host of activities including relevant workshops, an awards luncheon including an outstanding Keynote, networking events and more. With the support of area sponsors, BDI hosts, plans, and coordinates MED Week festivities. For more information, check out MED Week 2013.
Does BDI host regular networking events? BDI periodically hosts networking events; be sure to bookmark the Press Room page and return frequently or subscribe to the monthly e-newsletter "BDI Buzz."
How often does BDI meet? BDI meets monthly to discuss and plan trainings and topics relevant to assisting minority-owned and woman-owned businesses in their growth and development. The meetings are attended by the Executive Board and voting and non-voting members; this is a volunteer group comprised of caring volunteers from public, private, and non-profit sectors. In addition, the Executive Board conducts an annual planning session to set the objectives for the upcoming year.
How can I get involved or support BDI? There are many options in which BDI would welcome your support: share information about the organization with interested small businesses and community, attend events and trainings, or sponsor an event. Our website includes information on various upcoming trainings and the dates and times of the 2013 MED Week. If you'd like to roll up your sleeves, consider applying to become a Friend of BDI to assist with specific events or even consider board membership - please contact an Executive Board member for further information.