Local business owners talk about importance of MED Week


GREENVILLE, Pitt County - Businesses owned by minorities and women each generate about $1 trillion dollars in U.S. economic output. Minority Enterprise Development Week is all about promoting success for businesses like these.

Johnkevia Tyson, who owns a contracting company knows how hard it is to start a small business and compete against bigger companies. MED Week, organized by Greenville's Minority and Women Business Enterprise, is designed to help business owners like Tyson.

"The bigger businesses have a lot of the publicity," Tyson said. "They have the advertisements, the commercials, everything like that. Where in a small business, you may not be at the point where you can actually provide those.

"It (MED Week) helps minority- and women-owned businesses basically get their business out there, and to show people 'hey, we're in business and this is the type of work that we perform'."

MED Week kicked off with a social media Q&A session with some of the Minority and Women Business Enterprise firms on Monday. Later in the week, there will be a seminar, a luncheon and a special event Friday featuring live music, poetry and art demonstrations.

Alyson Sparks owner of Uptown Nutrition said it's an important networking event, too.

"I feel very well received, however I want to strengthen that relationship because there's so many small businesses that I want to have more of a relationship with," said Sparks. "We could really work together and change the community."