Event helps give minority business a chance

September 17, 2014 | Events, UToday
By Samantha Watson



On Thursday, Oct. 9, guests are invited to “An Evening of Chance” with games, music, food and a good cause.

UT Casino Night Flyer6“An Evening of Chance,” the inaugural fundraiser of The University of Toledo Minority Business Development Center, will be held Thursday, Oct. 9, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Parkway Place in Maumee.

The evening will feature a photobooth and games like roulette, blackjack, and Texas Hold ’em. Between games, guests can bid on items in the silent auction and eat and drink from several food stations, a soft bar and a cash bar.

The event will conclude with an award ceremony for local minority business owners and a live auction.

The proceeds will help the UT Minority Business Development Center, which is in its fifth year of operation and is one of few of its kind in the United States.

“This event is an opportunity for the community to learn about how we support and play a part of the economic development in the region,” said Dr. Shanda Gore, UT associate vice president for equity, diversity and community engagement, and chief diversity officer.

The UT Minority Business Development Center is an integral component of the UT Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement and the Division of External Affairs. Located on the Scott Park Campus of Energy and Innovation, its mission is to foster an environment that supports early-stage minority-owned businesses via services such as office space, training, mentoring, and professional network of advisers.

“For businesses, within the first five years, it’s a challenge to stay open,” Gore said. “And our students benefit through the center because it creates a great hands-on experience that builds a top-notch resumé. We have 100 percent placement of all students who have interned or had assistantships with us.”

To purchase tickets, which are $50, visit utoledo.edu/incubator/mbdc. Sponsors also may register through this website.

Ticket sales end Thursday, Sept. 25. Each ticket will provide some gaming money, and additional purchases will be available.

For more information, call 419.530.3170, email mbdc@utoledo.edu, follow on Twitter at twitter.com/UTMBDC or like the center on Facebook.