The National MED Week conference has officially kicked off, September 18- 24, 2022 in Washington, DC under the theme Power in Capital and Strength in Equity. On Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 5:00 pm EST/6:00 pm EST, the 2022 national MED Week award winners from across the country will be recognized. The Tennessee Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center, operated by the Mid- South Minority Business Council Continuum (MMBC Continuum), is proud to have one of the eight national minority firm award winners as a client. The Carter Malone Group, founded by Deidre Malone, will be awarded the Minority Marketing and Communications Firm of the Year.

“We are proud to have one of our MBDA Business Center clients acknowledged amongst the elite firms being recognized nationally for the quality work that they provide on a local, regional and national scale,” said Jozelle Booker, operator of the Tennessee MBDA Business Center and president and CEO of The MMBC Continuum.

The Carter Malone Group is a long-time member of The MMBC Continuum and client of the Tennessee MBDA Business Center. The center is part of a national network focused on the scalable growth of minority firms. Malone is an experienced communications professional that has demonstrated her business savvy through the clients her firm serves, as well as her direct impact across the community. CMG represents over 25 active clients including; the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, the City of Memphis, Comcast, Rhodes College, and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

“The MED Week Award is an incredible honor for The Carter Malone Group. In 2023, CMG will celebrate a milestone anniversary with the firm hitting the 20-year mark. We have won many awards over the years but this award means a great deal to me and my firm for a number of reasons. First, we were nominated by one of the hardest working agencies that supports minority businesses, The Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum through the Tennessee MBDA Business Center it operates. From the president to my advisor, they are always available to guide and assist me. Second, I have an amazing staff who always goes the extra mile for our clients and me, and it shows in the quality of our work. Finally, this award reinforces the fact that minority businesses are successful and thriving. I am humbled by this honor and grateful to have such a strong voice in the Mid-South, the MMBC Continuum and Tennessee MBDA Business Center advocating for minority businesses,” according to Deidre Malone, president/CEO, The Carter Malone Group, LLC.

About The Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum and TN MBDA Business Center:

The MMBC Continuum has been powering minority business growth for over 30 years. The agency is the economic accelerator for scalable stage II M/WBEs with the priority to foster and facilitate opportunities to grow their revenues locally, regionally and nationally. The MMBC Continuum operates the Tennessee Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) Business Center under the U.S. Department of Commerce, which provides additional resources that serve as a driver for growth for minority firms across the state. The Tennessee MBDA Business Center is part of a national network that is focused on the growth trajectory of minority businesses and facilitates access to national public and private sector opportunities.