Metropolitan Economic Department Association Presents Five-Year Plan
Lili Hall from KNOCK, inc. named Entrepreneur of the Year, Maria Reitan named Volunteer of the Year and Accenture is Corporation of the Year.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (June 17, 2016) – Metropolitan Economic Department Association (Meda) is proud to present its vision for the minority business development support system and Meda’s role to enable underrepresented minority entrepreneurs to prosper. Meda is also pleased to announce Lili Hall from KNOCK, Inc. as Entrepreneur of the Year (EOTY); Maria Reitan as Volunteer of the Year (VOTY); and Accenture as Corporation of the Year (COTY).
Meda has developed a vision and created a framework that will build on their current strengths as well as maximize their ability to better serve underrepresented entrepreneurs throughout their entrepreneurial lifecycle.
“This year’s awardees embody our mission in every way and our work would not be possible without people like Lili Hall, our Entrepreneur of the Year, Maria Rietan, our Volunteer of the Year, and Accenture, a true corporate partner.” said Gary Cunningham, President and CEO of Meda.
Meda is proud to name Lili Hall, KNOCK, inc. Founder and President, as EOTY. This prestigious award is given to minority entrepreneurs who have demonstrated industry leadership, business success, economic impact and community involvement. In 2001, KNOCK, inc. was founded as an independent, full-experience creative agency driven by design and powered with meaning.
As fearless thinkers and tireless makers, they are exposed to an open culture that values diversity and possibility for clients and one another. KNOCK, inc. invests their brand expertise in causes that matter — from education and the arts to sustainable environments and safe neighborhoods, to give meaning and perspective.
Hall is devoted to empowering diverse communities by helping them find entrepreneurial success within their businesses. “It is truly an honor to receive such a prestigious award. I know firsthand the challenges minorities face when trying to start a business. Over the years, I have found through my own success that it is not possible to succeed alone and Meda truly has demonstrated the ability to be an amazing support system that is inclusive to all entrepreneurs,” said Hall. She also serves as a board member at the Children’s Theatre Company, Juxtaposition Arts and Enterprising Women.
Meda is humbled by the amount of those willing to volunteer their time to help underrepresented entrepreneurs thrive. The organization is excited to honor Maria Reitan as VOTY, Reitan is the principal at STYLED RETAIL™. She has been a Meda board member since 2014. Maria has gone above and beyond the expectations of our volunteers by devoting hours working to support the vision of Meda.
Meda is extremely proud to present Accenture with the Corporation of the Year (COTY) award. The award recognizes a corporate sponsor that has assisted or funded a Meda project or customer that accomplished a substantial goal. Meda had the pleasure of working alongside Accenture while creating the five-year plan. Accenture’s efforts embodied those qualifications as it pushed Meda to be better, stronger and more strategic with its goals to create more opportunity for underrepresented entrepreneurs.
“We are extremely grateful for this award. We applaud Meda’s vision for creating thriving communities and are committed to helping minority entrepreneurs succeed in the Twin Cities,” Christy Sovereign, senior managing director at Accenture and Minneapolis office lead.
Meda was founded by a group of Minnesota business leaders who saw minority business ownership as a positive, long-term response to rising economic inequity within minority communities in our state. Meda provides business development services, access to capital and corporate and governmental market support for minority entrepreneurs. Over the years, we have helped launch more than 500 minority businesses and assisted more than 20,000 Minnesota minority entrepreneurs to become business owners. Meda operates a growing Community Development Fund Institution (CDFI) that provides needed capital for minority businesses to become sustainable. Meda is also the host organization for the Minnesota Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and the Minneapolis Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center. For more information, visit meda.net.