The Western North Carolina Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Committee honored their 2013 business owners of the year recently, and two Cherokee businesses were among those honored.
Daniel Tramper, owner of Deer Clan Productions, was named Minority Service Firm of the Year. He has operated Deer Clan Productions since 2004. The business provides entertainment production services that include talent booking, lighting, and sound along with Native American entertainment including Native dancing, music, and storytelling.
Tramper is a three-time world champion hoop dancer and works around the country producing and participating in pow wows and other Native festivals.
Corey Coggins, owner of Studio Boutique, was named Minority Retail Firm of the Year. Coggins has owned Studio Boutique, formally The Mansion, since 2010. The business operates in the horseshoe area of downtown Cherokee. Studio Boutique specializes in contemporary women’s wear, accessories, and jewelry as well as specialty household items.
The WNC MED Committee is a regional group that works to educate, communicate, and advocate for minority owned businesses throughout the region. 2013 was the 30th anniversary of this event. MED Week occurs every September. For more information please contact James Lee at (828) 398-7927 or visit the WNC MED Week website: www.wncmedweek.org.
– WNC MED Committee