MDC’s Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center to Partner With 79th Street Corridor Initiative to Host Business Breakthrough Small Business Conference

Miami, Oct. 19, 2017- Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center (MEEC) will partner with the 79th Street Corridor Initiative to host the Business Breakthrough Small Business Conference on Friday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

“The Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center is the ideal location and partner for this conversation given its place within and service to a community with a vibrant history of entrepreneurial and small business activity,” said Dr. Malou C. Harrison, North and InterAmerican Campuses’ President. “That’s why we are delighted to be partnering with the 79th Street Corridor Initiative on the Business Breakthrough Small Business Conference.”

The Business Breakthrough Conference is designed to support small businesses which play a critical role in serving, employing and increasing vitality in low income communities.  Featured presenters include Carol Ann Taylor, travel, culture and destination retail entrepreneur; and Natasha Campbell, attorney and former Obama Administration Appointee to the Department of Energy and Clean Energy Consultant.

“With so much attention focused on businesses in the technology sphere, it is important to also focus on the small businesses, which have shown a tremendous ability to sustain themselves and serve their markets against the odds,” said H. Leigh Toney, Executive Director of the Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center.  “This type of collaboration expands the resources available to our community, our students and business owners.  The conference is a part of a wide range of educational and training opportunities we offer the community we have served for more than thirty years.”

“The 79th Street Corridor Initiative is a place-based and people-based strategy that seeks to support business owners in sustaining and scaling their business to not only serve their current market, but in expanding and taking advantage of new market opportunities,” said Ron Butler, Executive Director of 79th Street Corridor Initiative.  “The conference will supply tools that will bring immediate value such as digital marketing, innovative funding strategies and partnerships, technological resources, renewable energy information, and opportunities for small business owners.”

The 79th Street Corridor Initiative’s mission is to transform the Corridor from a fragmented set of residential, commercial and industrial sites into a community of choice for people to live, work and visit. The organization works towards its goal to align and integrate economic prosperity, social equity and environmental quality that results in a sustainable community.

The conference is free but space is limitedTo register and for more information, please call (305) 237-1903 or register online at