Business leaders and government officials will be gathering at a conference in Washington D.C. next month for National Minority Enterprise Development Week.

The theme of this year's event is "Celebrating the Legacy of Innovation and Competitiveness,? and will include panel discussions and workshops. In addition, an awards gala will confer lifetime achievement awards on individuals who have contributed most to minority business development.

The event will be held Sept. 13-14 at the city's Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. For more information, visit www.medweek.gov.

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