A continuum of conversations on the importance of minority businesses to the community and the economy was coupled with spotlights on minority- and women-owned business enterprise (M/WBE) during the annual observance of MED Week (Oct. 25-Nov. 16) hosted in Memphis by the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum (The MMBC Continuum).

A select group of corporations and community organizations teamed with The MMBC Continuum in highlighting the importance of minority business participation, growth and job creation.

Guest speaker Matial Guttman of McKinsey & Company orchestrated what was billed as the “ultimate conversation” as the MED Week observance concluded with the Robert R Church, Sr. Achievement Awards at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis (3700 Central Ave.) last Friday.

Guttman discussed a recently published whitepaper titled “Delivering through Diversity,” which examined the impact that diversity and inclusion have upon corporate financial performance.

MED Week is a national observation presented under the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA, a division of the US Department of Commerce, and annually recognizes the accomplishments of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs).

The MMBC Continuum is “the economic accelerator for stage II M/WBEs and is committed to empowering and assisting scalable minority and women-owned businesses to supply corporate demands.”

Through the Robert R. Church Awards, The MMBC Continuum seeks to recognize corporations that engage scalable minority and women-owned businesses to competitively bid for contract opportunities to provide quality goods and services.

Jozelle Luster Booker, president & CEO of the MMBC Continuum, said, “We are proud of all of the nominees, finalists and award winners. As the operator of the Memphis MBDA Business Center, we understand the importance of growing scalable minority businesses and the impact it has upon our economy and job creation. …

“We value our membership comprised of corporations and scalable minority and women-owned businesses, and look forward to this annual gathering to celebrate their accomplishments.”