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Organization: Meda

Sector: 501C-3 Non-Profit

Organization Mission: Meda provides business development services, business financing and access to market opportunities to support entrepreneurs of color. In addition, Meda hosts the Minnesota Procurement Technical Assistance Center (MN PTAC) that helps all Minnesota businesses pursue government procurement opportunities. MN PTAC offers specialized support for Women, Veteran, and HUB Zone businesses. Meda also operates two business development centers under cooperative agreements with the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. With the 2011 launch of the first ever minority focused MBDA Federal Procurement Center in Washington D.C., Meda can serve Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) across the nation. The Minneapolis MBDA Business Center connects Minnesota MBEs with business opportunities. In 2013, Our mission Helping entrepreneurs of color SUCCEED. Our vision Thriving communities through equal economic participation. Our values Excellence, Client, Focus, Integrity, Respect. Meda connected with 1,604 clients through our combined service offerings and helped client companies secure over $1.2 billion in contracts. Since its beginning in 1971, Meda has helped more than 19,400 entrepreneurs of color and assisted in the start-up of more than 490 businesses.

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Related PlanScape Status on: Business Process, Diversity and Inclusion, Economic Development
April 23, 2019: History Center to present Traveling While Black

The “Traveling While Black” exhibit being developed by the History Center of Olmsted County will chronicle the challenges faced by black motorists prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

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April 16, 2019: United Way Special Projects Team

OVERALL OBJECTIVE: determine what forms of advocacy are most suitable to advance United Way’s vision and mission. 

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April 12, 2019: Pathway to Prosperity

State lawmakers are being asked to provide $1 million in hopes of putting single parents and their children on a new path out of poverty this summer.

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April 11, 2019: OpenBeam April 2019 News

Attended Sustainability's  Arrive Rochester meeting about ride sharing presentation. Learn more them and their positioning in DMC Transportation notion of Transit Management.  Added the Arrive Rochester organization to Community Beam registry. Rediscovered this letter to DMCC and now wondering if the consultant is being paid  400K per year. 

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April 08, 2019: Destination Medical Center (DMC) Plan

3rd Annual DMC Real Estate Development and Investment Summit

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April 07, 2019: Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

BRINGING OUR RESOURCES TO A SPROUT! EVENT NEAR YOU

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April 04, 2019: Journey to Growth Plan $25M loan fund

PB: "As part of J2G, lawmakers from Southeast Minnesota are seeking to create a $25 million revolving loan fund to spur business and entrepreneurial activity in the region’s towns and cities."

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April 03, 2019: SE Mn Together: A regional community growth initiative

April 30, 2019 Beyond Minnesota Nice Conference: Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Communities

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March 29, 2019: America’s City for Health

Engage area leaders about the need to converge various health/wellness initiatives to collective impact. 

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March 13, 2019: Southeastern Minnesota League of Municipalities (SEMLM)

State lawmakers from Southeast Minnesota are pushing to create a $25 million revolving loan fund to spur business and entrepreneurial activity in the region’s towns and cities."

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March 06, 2019: Isaiah News

Rochester ISAIAH Community Meetings: Recap of 3/3 and Onto 3/31

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March 05, 2019: Alternative Learning Center - A Success Story (We want you back)

A success story about ALC.  "We want you back" on YouTube. A Hmong student's high school graduation journey after quitting school to work to help support his family at the age of 16.

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Impacts

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PlanScape

Lvl 1: Business Process ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Economic Development

Lvl 2: African American ; Asian American and Pacific Islander ; Native American ; Latino

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Organization Life Cycle Assessment:

Steady

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This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. dmcbeam.org could be an interesting first step.

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  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
    demonstration
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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