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Diversity Expo to Connect Minority Businesses with Fortune 500 Corporate Buyers
August 2, 2011 Expo Challenges Minority Suppliers to Conduct Business without Boundaries
During this year’s Expo, NCMSDC will be introducing its new supplier strategy of how to do business without boundaries, a strategy that will impact the way that MBEs market themselves, connect with potential buyers, and approach viable contracting opportunities. This strategy will assist MBE suppliers in pushing past traditional obstacles, such as company scope, industry, revenue, and footprint, and offer alternate avenues for growth and business opportunities with corporations and other minority firms. Additionally, through in-booth sourcing/seller sessions and matchmaking sessions, the Expo will offer supplier attendees access to over 300 business opportunities from some of the most celebrated Supplier Diversity champions both in Northern California and the nation, including Union Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, AT&T, Brocade, Chevron Corporation, Cisco, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Wells Fargo, Apple Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company, Robert Half International, Virgin America, EBMUD, and IBM, among others. Throughout the day, attendees will also have the opportunity to learn how to polish their business plan, elevator pitch, meeting prep strategies, and marketing materials, as well as gain expert instruction on positioning themselves for success during the Expo.
“I believe there is a true business paradigm shift taking place within the Supplier Diversity community,” says Scott A. Vowels, NCMSDC President. “We are definitely in the ‘competitiveness’
2011 Business Without Boundaries Expo tickets are available for purchase until July 22 at www.ncmsdc.org.
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Founded in 1978, NCMSDC is a non-profit dedicated to promoting minority participation in the procurement process to create economic wealth in minority business communities in Northern California, Hawaii, and the nation.