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5 awards handed out at 40th anniversary of MED Week

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 16, 2022) – The Little Rock Regional Chamber gave out five awards at the 2022 Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Apptegy, on Friday, September 16th. 

15 entrepreneurs were chosen out of dozens of nominations. The goal of the awards is to recognize minority business leaders that excel in their field as well as advocates and organizations dedicated to supporting these businesses.

Beatriz Mondragon with the Arkansas Minority Health Commission won Minority Mentor of the Year. Kandi Hughes was named Outstanding Young Professional of the Year. Tristan Wilkerson of Think Rubix was awarded Executive Minority of the Year. Emerging Minority Business of the Year went to Gilmer's Learning Solutions. Minority Business of the Year went to Think Rubix.

Our keynote speaker was Dr. Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury, Chief Executive Officer at Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. She spoke about economic disparity in the Delta and how the community of Forrest City started a fund to help give minority business owners much-needed capital. THV11's newest anchor, Faith Woodard, was our emcee. 

Watch the full awards ceremony here:

2022 MED Week Award Nominees

Minority Mentor of the Year - Presented by Delta Dental
Michelle Mothershed - Compassionately Connected for Veterans Inc.
Beatriz Mondragon - Arkansas Minority Health Commission
Esperanza Massana Crane - AEDC

Outstanding Young Professional of the Year - Presented by Create Little Rock
Mason Doyne - MD Doyne Construction
Kandi Hughes - Southwest Power Pool
Jacob Flores - Jacob Flores Music

Outstanding Minority Executive of the Year
Shirley Walker - Team CPR
Tristan Wilkerson - Think Rubix

Emerging Minority Business of the Year - Presented by The Ambassadors
M & G Insurance
Martha's Bon Appetit Catering
Dandelion Home & Garden
Gilmer's Learning Solutions

Minority Business of the Year - Presented by Apptegy
Tasha Teaches Spanish
Think Rubix
Team CPR

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