Pioneers

31st Annual MED Week of KY – MEDI Awards Banquet

Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week of Kentucky

MED Week celebrates the success and contributions of minority-owned businesses and those “like you” that support minority enterprise development.

MED Week was founded in 1983 by President Reagan and first proclaimed by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear in 2012, naming MEDI as the Commonwealth’s official state host. President Reagan encouraged all Americans to observe MED Week. MEDI encourages this community and all Kentuckians to take this time to recognize and appreciate minority Americans determination pursuing social and economic mobility.

MED Week Goals:

• To highlight successful economic development strategies in Kentucky’s rural and metropolitan cities and counties that improve the qualities of life and place for minorities residents and all such as; leadership, supplier diversity programs, micro-loan programs, lower bond capacity thresholds, certification programs, spending goals, mentorship programs, trainings and workshops;

• To recognize and celebrate the contributions and advancements of minority owned businesses and those that support minority enterprise development in Kentucky;

• To advocate policies, programs, solutions, initiatives and best practices that improve opportunities for Kentucky minority entrepreneurs and workforce development;

• To raise funds to support the technical and financial assistance provided that results in minority economic enterprise development throughout Kentucky.

Join MEDI to observe MED Week of Kentucky in Hopkinsville.

 

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History on Tap

Join the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County at the next History on Tap program at Hopkinsville Brewing Company on Thursday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m. Wendell Lynch and fellow members of Pioneers Inc., will present “The History and Mission of Pioneers Inc.,” one of Hopkinsville’s oldest and most respected service organizations.

Established in 1952 by men in Hopkinsville’s African-American community, Pioneers is dedicated to improving the community by helping individuals and by supporting groups that are involved in similar service work. Through its history, the membership of Pioneers has been a “who’s who” of local African-American leaders. Founding members included real estate broker and political leader F.E. Whitney, Attucks basketball coach William Falls, and Clarence Bibbs, who was supervisor of postal operations for the U.S. Postal Service in Hopkinsville.

Many of the early members of Pioneers were involved in local integration and civil rights efforts. Today, the group runs a catering and barbecue business at the Pioneers headquarters on North Main Street that helps finance civic projects.

Pioneers BBQ @ Hopkinsville Brewing Company

Don’t miss the Pioneers’ visit to Hopkinsville Brewing Company for History on Tap! Learn the origins of this local organization while enjoying some of the best barbecue in the region.