The organization has more than 20 years of experience and strong “brand” for assisting women and minorities to start and grow their business and obtain capital. Some of the businesses that MEDI helped startup in the 1990s are still in business today:
Listen as these successful minority-owned businesses testify!
MEDI helped to
generate $1,122,000 in capital investments and to produce 53 new jobs through its entrepreneurship, small, minority, and woman-owned business development. Our programs and services helped to create 9
new startup businesses, 15 business expansions, and further developed more than 20 existing businesses. Thus, our total 2009 economic impact is almost $2 million, over $1.1 million in capital
investment and $800,000 in new salaries.
Additionally, MEDI made in inroads with the City of Hopkinsville and Christian County government with supplier diversity programming and certification. Both the City and County documented that all supply and contract request are forwarded to MEDI to distribute to minority and women-owned businesses.
$916,000 capital investment and 35+ “new” jobs created in result of MEDI’s technical and financial assistance to Karen and Norris Kennedy, owners of the new startup Buffalo Wings & Rings restaurant franchise.
$300,000 capital investment and 26 new jobs created in result of MEDI’s technical assistance to Rakesh Singh, owner of the new franchise Quiznos Subs
$110,000 capital investment and 5 “new” jobs created totaling 9 fulltime employees in result of MEDI’s technical and financial assistance to Bertha Westin, owner of the new Sweet Dreams Daycare Center expansion in Oak Grove, Kentucky.
$40,000 capital investment and 2 “new” jobs created in result of MEDI’s technical assistance to Virginia Gray, owner of the new startup Trifecta, a public relations organization.
$35,000 capital investment and 12 new jobs created in results of technical assistance to Paula Hampton, owner of A Little Miracle Child Development Center.
$26,000 capital investment and 2 “new” jobs created in result of MEDI’s technical and financial assistance to Donna Hines, owner of the new startup D’s Bakery, an authentic bakery.
$25,000 capital investment and 5 “new” jobs created in result of MEDI’s technical assistance to Carl and Tasha Hobson, owner of the new startup Nannie’s Restaurant.
$10,000 capital investment and 4
new jobs created in results of both technical and financial assistance to Daisy Aviles, owner of the first bi-lingual childcare faculty in Hopkinsville, Hopkinsville Child Development Center (HCDC), and a Type I Center.
$5,000 capital investment and 1 new job created in result of MEDI’s technical assistance to Trish West, owner of the new startup Mane Attraction, a cosmetology salon.
Helped to create 3 “new” jobs in result of MEDI’s procurement assistance to Rita Grinter owner of R.A.G. Cleaning, a full service janitorial firm. MEDI provided assistance toward the writing of a bid proposal that won the business’ largest janitorial contract.
MEDI has conducted Business Retention & Expansion Program meetings with minority businesses. Throughout 2006 – 2008, MEDI helped to retain 16 jobs by servicing 7 women and minority-owned businesses through its Business Retention & Expansion Program.