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The Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week in the Big Bend Area focuses on the outstanding achievements and contributions made by minority businesses and the significant support given to minority business development by government and the corporate  community. This event is organized annually and as a part of this celebration, the “Reggie Rolle Award” recipient is recognized. This award was created to honor the memory and hard work of the first Chairman, the late Rev. Dr. Reginald L. Rolle.

This years recipient of the “Reggie L. Rolle Champion Award” is Dr. Carolyn J. Ryals of KopyKat Copy Center. Dr. Ryals is a native of Boca Raton, Florida and for more than a decade Dr. Ryals, along with her sister and Assistant Manager Jannette Washington has owned and operated the KopyKat Copy Center, located near FAMU’s campus. Dr. Ryals is well-known for volunteering her time and serves on the boards of the Tallahassee Shelter and the C. K. Steele, Sr. Foundation. She is a proud member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, where she serves with the women’s ministry, the choir ministry, Sunday school teacher, Chair Emeritus and Advisor for the Homeless Ministry. Dr. Ryals also served on the board for both the Mayor’s Task Force to end Homelessness and the Coalition for the Homeless… Congratulations Dr. Carolyn J. Ryals.