2017 Robert R. Church, Sr. Achievement Awards Luncheon

December 1st, 2017

Dr. Donald C. Fisher Executive Director and CEO of MSQPC Presents Quality Awards to Robert R. Church Recipients

The Memphis MBDA Business Center and The Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum (The MMBC Continuum) concluded the 2017 Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week) with the annual Robert R. Church Achievement Awards Luncheon. MED Week is a national program of the MBDA (Minority Business Development Agency) under the US Department of Commerce that annually recognizes the power of minority businesses. As the culminating event for MED Week, the Robert R. Church Sr. Luncheon was held at the Holiday Inn – University (3700 Central Avenue. This year’s theme, The Supply/Demand Side of Supplier Diversity: M/WBEs Ready, Willing and Capable to Meet the Construction Demand was focused on construction and all the many other traditional and non-traditional industry sectors. The keynote speaker for this year’s luncheon was Henry Turley, Founder of the Henry Turley Company. Turley shared his plight to grow and build his business as well as some best practices and lessons learned in the real estate development industry and how minority and women-owned firms, especially those in construction and construction related trades, need to consider development opportunities for greater sustainability.

Each year The MMBC Continuum recognizes progress toward impacting minority economic development. The achievement awards for this year included: APEX Corporation of the Year, Scalable M/WBE Business of the Year, MBDA Business of the Year and M/WBE Quality Assurance Award. The corporation of the year award is presented to a MMBC Continuum corporate member that has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to minority economic business development over the past year. The Scalable M/WBE Business of the Year is presented to a certified minority or woman-owned business that is nominated by a MMBC Continuum corporate member. The M/WBE nominees have demonstrated scale, capacity and growth in sales and employees while consistently providing quality products or services at a competitive price.

Under the MDBA MED Week umbrella, there were several seminars hosted by ecosystem partners including: Black Business Association, Memphis Beadworks, Epicenter, MAMCA, NAWBO, TNSBDC, Greater Memphis Chamber, City of Memphis – Office of Business Diversity and Compliance, and Shelby County Government.
Also announced were the winners of the Vendor of Tomorrow Business Plan Grant Competition.
Darryl Freeman, former founder of Zycron, Inc., contributed $25,000 from the Freeman Foundation for three grants were awarded during the luncheon for the business plan competition.

MMBC Continuum
2017 Robert R. Church Achievement Awards Luncheon

The finalists and award winners for the 2017 Robert R. Church, Sr. Achievement Awards:
Pete Mitchell & Associates, Inc. – George Hilliard - Winner
SKB Facilities Maintenance, Inc. – Shone Bynum
Action Janitorial Paper Safety – Charles Barnes - Winner
Self-Tucker Architects – Jimmie Tucker & Juan Self
Unistar-Sparco Computers, Inc. – SooTsong Lim
ACOT Associates Group, LLC- Solomon Akinduro, PhD - Winner
Stragistics Technology, Inc. – Hughetta Dudley
Unistar-Sparco Computers, Inc. – SooTsong Lim
ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital - Winner
City of Memphis
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Robert R. Church (1839 – 1912):
Robert R. Church, a respected and prominent businessman was recognized as the first black millionaire in Memphis. He owned many businesses, contributing to the recovery, restoration and sustenance of the City of Memphis. He had a philanthropic spirit and contributed to many charitable causes.
Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum:
The Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum (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.

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