Minneapolis Economic Development Association (MEDA) Gala Recognizes Entrepreneurs of Color

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Formed in 1971, MEDA is a unique, private nonprofit organization with experienced business development professionals, dedicated to helping entrepreneurs of color who are committed to generating long-term growth, profitability and quality jobs.

Minneapolis Economic Development Assoication

This is an exciting and critical time of year for MEDA as we raise support and awareness of our vision to achieve economic parity

More than 700 attendees are expected to gather at the Metropolitan Economic Development Association's (MEDA) Annual Gala, Saturday, November 14 in celebration of entrepreneurs of color in Minnesota.

Presented by Target Corporation, the MEDA Gala 2009 - "Fiesta Latina" is a premier, black-tie benefit that features a gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions and live entertainment. Proceeds from this event provide critical funding to help MEDA continue its 38-year legacy of providing business development services and financing to entrepreneurs of color to bridge racial and economic gaps in the community.

Join us for a very special evening in support of MEDA as we celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the Latin Americas!


  •      El Mercado: Silent auction.
  •     Chocolate sampling from South America.
  •     Gitanos (gypsy fortune tellers).
  •     Mu?sicos ambulantes (strolling musicians) and other special surprises.
  •     Dancing into the night with Casablanca Orchestra.

"This is an exciting and critical time of year for MEDA as we raise support and awareness of our vision to achieve economic parity," said Yvonne Cheung Ho, MEDA President & CEO. "It's a time for our community to show its interest in helping entrepreneurs of color build businesses that create quality jobs in Minnesota."

In its 24th year, the MEDA Gala is the largest single fundraiser hosted by MEDA, providing nearly 20 percent of its annual operating revenue. Nearly 100 corporations and Minority Business Enterprises have committed to sponsor the Gala and auction items. Sponsors include Target, M&I Bank, US Bank and Chippewa Graphics.

The MEDA Gala 2009 takes place Saturday, November 14, 6:00 p.m. - 12 Midnight at the Hilton Minneapolis, located at 1001 Marquette Avenue Minneapolis, MN. Tickets are $150 per person. Table sponsorships for 10 people are also available starting at $1,500. For tickets or more information, please visit http://www.medagala.net or call 612.332.MEDA.

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