29th Annual Big Bend MED Week

To recognize the achievements of and contributions to the local economy by area small and minority businesses, the Big Bend Minority Enterprise Development Week Committee will celebrate the 29th annual Big Bend Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week on October 4 through October 9. The event will offer networking events and workshop sessions to assist small and minority businesses with ways to improve their practices. The theme for this year’s event is “Reimagining Opportunity.”


About Big Bend MED Week

Big Bend Minority Enterprise Development WeekThe Big Bend Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week is North Florida’s premier conference for minority entrepreneurs and business owners. This event focuses on the outstanding achievements and contributions made by minority businesses; and will allow small/minority-owned businesses, government, and community professionals an opportunity to celebrate the impact of small/minority businesses on our economy.

In the past 29 years, the Big Bend MED Week Conference participants have represented minority business entrepreneurs, senior public officials, industry executives, financial decision-makers, media, venture capitalists, private and public lenders, academicians, minority business advocates, and supplier diversity managers, among many others. This conference continues to be a valuable event for the Big Bend area.


October 4 | 10 a.m.
411 on Doing Business in Tallahassee

Want to do business in Tallahassee? Explore the many programs available to help launch, grow, and expand your business, and the resources available to help business owners and entrepreneurs do business in Tallahassee.

October 5 | 10 a.m. Show Me The Money: Access to Capital

One of the biggest issues facing small and minority businesses is securing funding needed for sustainability and growth. Learn about a variety of funding options available to grow or expand a profitable small business venture.

October 6 | 10 a.m. Digital Marketing Bootcamp

Understanding the landscape and strategy of digital marketing today is key to building your brand and driving the bottom line for your business. Come learn the basics and gain the skills you need to create your first digital marketing campaign.

October 7 | 8:30 a.m.
Tallahassee Virtual Supplier Diversity Exchange

Join the Florida Department of Management Services’ Office of Supplier Diversity for this virtual business networking event. The event will include a panel discussion, presentations about doing business with the State of Florida, and networking opportunities.

October 7 | 4 p.m. MED Week Awards Ceremony

Join us on Facebook & YouTube as we honor this year’s MED Week honorees for the Reggie Rolle Economic Development Champion of the Year, Minority Business Enterprise of the Year, and Women Business Enterprise of the Year.

October 8 | 11:30 a.m. 2021 BBMC Annual Golf Tournament and Fundraiser

The Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce Foundation (BBMC) is a 501c3 organization headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida, with a mission to help grow small business enterprises owned by women and ethnic minorities in a five-county region of north Florida’s Big Bend region. Designated proceeds from our tournament will be used to benefit Title One Schools in Leon County, Florida.


Frank Williams

Rev. Dr. Reginald “Reggie” L. Rolle Economic Development Champion of the Year

Frank Williams
Florida Developers, Inc. of Tallahassee

Judy Hayden

Women Business Enterprise of the Year

Judy Hayden
Environmental and Geotechnical Specialists, Inc.

Heidi Otway

Minority Business Enterprise of the Year

Heidi Otway

Terry Arnold Sr.

Minority Business Enterprise of the Year

Terry Arnold, Sr.
Arnold’s Roofing Enterprises


The MED Week Committee consists of state and local government agencies, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and minority business owners that are committed to supporting opportunities for minority businesses.

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

Barack Obama



Frank WilliamsPresident/CEO of Florida Developers Inc of Tallahassee since 1980

State Certified General Contractors

State Certified Underground Utility Contractors

Goals & Aspirations:

To make a positive impact on the lives of everyone I meet along this short path of life that the Lord Blesses me with.

Exercise daily as often as I can by reaching down and pulling someone up to help them be successful!

To transfer Florida Developers Inc to the next generation.

To travel to Australia and Antarctica to complete the “Continent Chase”!

Most Relevant Achievements:

Joint Venture Partner on the Renovation of the Department of Social Work Ware-Rhoney Building at FAMU

Joint Venture Partner on the Construction Frederick S. Humphries (FSH) Science Research Center (SRC)

Renovation of Strong & Jones Funeral Home

Completed the Site Work for the Leon County Joint Dispatch Center

Florida Developers is the longest running Minority General Contractor to have its doors open with continuous service 8-5, Monday through Friday except for holidays for over 40 years! 

Boards or Committees Served or Serving (Short List)

Southside Rotary, Former President & Current Charter Member

Buffalo Soldiers Moter Cycle Club Current Charter Member

Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce

Saint Peter Primitive Baptist Board of Deacons

MWSBE Advisory Board

Blueprint 2000 Committee City of Tallahassee

Capital Area Community Action Agency

Legal Services of North Florida

National Association of Minority Contractors


Judy HaydenJudy Hayden is a Civil Engineer specializing in transportation projects.  She is President and Founder of Environmental and Geotechnical Specialists (EGS).

Judy received a Bachelor of Science Degree in education from the University of Dayton and taught in a rural public school in Indiana following graduation.  She returned to University life receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree from Oklahoma State University in Civil Engineering in 1977 where she was the only female student in her class.  She received a Master of Science in Civil Engineering in 1979 from Kansas State University.  She was recognized throughout her engineering studies for her accomplishments receiving both scholarships and research assistantships. 

Judy worked for a number of engineering firms and governmental agencies throughout her career, including the Leon County Public Works Department. In 1992 she opened EGS with her husband, Myron Hayden.  EGS provides specialty engineering services to general Civil and Structural Engineering Design firms and governmental agencies, specializing in transportation projects.  Their two adult children, Tom and Audra, also are civil engineers.  The business has grown to 5 locations here in Florida and has 50 employees.

Judy is a board-certified Professional Engineer. She is an active member of the Florida Engineering Society, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Public Works Association, and the American Society of Highway Engineers. She has received the Engineer of the Year award from both the Florida Engineering Society Big Bend Chapter and the American Society of Civil Engineers. She currently serves on the board of the Florida State University Foundation.




Heidi OtwayHeidi Otway is the President of SalterMitchell PR, a communications consultancy providing strategic insight and guidance to organizations seeking to make an impact in the nation’s third most populous state.

Since joining the firm in 2003, she has led numerous public relations and public affairs initiatives, managed the reputation of top corporations, and developed campaigns targeting diverse stakeholders across Florida and the Southeast. For every client and cause, she relentlessly pursues results that can help them win. Her experience directing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, mid-sized businesses, state agencies, associations, and large nonprofits, has solidified her as an expert in all aspects of media, communications, marketing, and audience engagement. Heidi’s work around the state includes:

  • Rebranding Florida’s summer feeding program as the Summer Breakspot and launching a multimedia campaign to reframe a dated government program as a great place for kids to get healthy food when school is out for summer break
  • Positioning Florida A&M University’s Medical Marijuana Research and Education Initiative as a leading conveyer of public education programs where people, especially those in minority populations, can learn and talk frankly about cannabis
  • Building support for permanent preservation of a statewide Wildlife Corridor by helping generate awareness and influencer participation in a 100-day, 1,000-mile public expedition from the Everglades to the Okefenokee Swamp

Heidi began her career as a broadcast journalist after graduating from Florida A&M University. She became one of the youngest members of the Capitol Press Corps as the associate producer and writer for a statewide news bureau. She quickly advanced to making coverage decisions for television stations in Oklahoma and Florida. She was recruited to work as an assignment editor for a top-rated news station in Miami and the NBC affiliate in Tulsa. She later helped launch a news department for the NBC affiliate in Tallahassee and soon after became the first morning show Executive Producer for the Tampa CBS affiliate. In these roles, Heidi covered crisis situations including hurricanes, tornadoes, the Oklahoma City bombing, the 911 terrorist attacks, and the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster.

Heidi is called upon to advise diverse community-based organizations and she is very active on several local, state, national and global boards. She is Chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) committee for the IPREX Global Communications Network, a member of the DE&I committee for the Florida Public Relations Association, and past chairman of the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. She is also on the boards for the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Foundation, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the United Way of the Big Bend, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She’s been serving as the volunteer director of a food bank at her church, ALARM International Ministries, for more than 10 years.

Heidi is a sought-after public speaker, who is called on to serve as a spokesperson, presenter, instructor and facilitator for corporations, associations, governments, universities, and businesses. She is accredited by the Universal Accreditation Board for public relations and is a Certified Public Relations Counselor. She is married to her college sweetheart Richard, and they are the proud parents of three children and two new son-in-loves.


Terry Arnold, Capital City Chamber, Founding Member

Arnold’s Roofing Enterprises – Company Profile

Terry Arnold Sr.Arnold’s Roofing Enterprises, Inc. (ARE), was created and established by Mr. Terry B. Arnold, Sr., in November, 1995.  Mr. Arnold, a Tallahassee native, built this Black family-owned and operated business, from the ground up, along with his wife, Mrs. Tammy Arnold.  His son, Mr. Terry B. Arnold, Jr., also serves as the ARE Director of Sales.

With a history of reliability and quality, ARE, Inc., is one of Tallahassee’s premier roofing companies.  ARE provides commercial and residential services, including new construction roofing, re-roofing, and all types of roof repairs.  The company has been a Florida Certified Licensed Roofing Contractor for over 25 years, and is also Certified Minority-Owned Business with the Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality. 

ARE’s goal is to offer customers the best roofing materials coupled with EXCEPTIONAL workmanship.  The company is committed to installing a high quality roof to protect your loved ones and property. No job is too big or too small, and when it comes to getting the job done on time — and on budget – ARE’s track record is EXCEPTIONAL.

You may contact ARE at (850)942-9042 or via email at info@tallyroofs.com.