Minority Business Opportunity Week

Minority Business Opportunity Week

According to the U.S. Census Bureau Annual Business Survey, minority-owned businesses make up more than 25% of the economic landscape in the United States. In Georgia, Minority businesses play an integral role in creating jobs, strengthening communities of color and stimulating our economy. Widely recognized as a positive climate for minority business, Georgia is known nationally for its business-friendly climate, significant technological advancement and strong economic development policies that have spurred unprecedented numbers of entrepreneurial ventures and minority business startups.

During September 20 – 24, 2021, the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, in partnership with the state of Georgia and area cities and counties, will commemorate the observance of Minority Business Opportunity Week (MBOW). MBOW is a weeklong recognition of the rich history, achievements and contributions of the minority business community to the state’s economy.

The weeklong celebration includes the GMSDC’s Business Opportunity Exchange,  the premier supplier diversity and small business development conference in Georgia each year. The current business climate mandates a focus on the recovery, success and sustainability of the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) firms across the state, many of whom have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn. The conference is a full week of speakers, networking, presentations and matchmaking, to be delivered virtually over technology platforms.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY EXCHANGE FOCUS

The focus of this week of activities is Opportunities. As businesses look to move past the pandemic economy, the most important thing we can do for the minority businesses in our community is to keep them working by proactively and intentionally seeking to provide opportunities. In summary, we are convening this year to talk about how we might be more creative and more proactive in how we utilize minority suppliers.

CONFERENCE ELEMENTS

Spread out across 5 days to provide schedule flexibility for attendees and accommodate unique aspects of a virtual environment, the BOE will include the following elements –

State of Minority Business – A National Discussion Building on our studies of minority businesses and their economic impact, we will continue this discussion about the challenges facing black-owned and other minority businesses in this current environment. This discussion with local, state and national stakeholders will address how we support and sustain minority businesses.

MBE Presentations MBEs will be able to provide overviews of their products, services and capabilities to a ‘room’ full of procurement decision makers who buy goods and services in their category.

One on One Corporate Connections Matchmaking appointments will be available at various times for suppliers to have one-on-one face time with corporate members who are potential business partners.

AGENDA

Day 1

  • Business Opportunity Exchange Welcome and Kickoff
  • Conversation with Small Business Supporters – Hear from our corporate partners as they share what their respective corporation is doing to support small businesses
  • One on One Corporate Connections – 15-minute targeted sessions with Corporate Members

Day 2

  • MBE Presentations with Prime Suppliers – 15-minute capability overview sessions by MBEs executives looking to do business with other prime suppliers

 Day 3

  • State of Minority Business Town Hall – The impacts, actions and initiatives birthed out of the updated research report. This discussion with local, state and national stakeholders will address how we support and sustain minority business in America.
  • MBE to MBE Presentations – 15-minute capability overview sessions by MBEs looking to explore opportunities to do business with other MBEs

Day 4

  • MBE Presentations – 15-minute capability overview sessions by MBE executives for corporations who are potential business partners

Day 5

  • One on One Corporate Connections – Session II

REGISTRATION

MBE General Registration
$50
One Ticket Per Pass
Access to General Sessions Only
Register
MBE Presentation
$75
One Ticket Per Pass
Access to General Sessions
Access to MBE Presentation
Register
Corporate Member
$150
Two Tickets Per Pass
Access to all events
Register

CONTACT

If you have additional questions, please contact Florena Oliver at 404-589-4924 or by email at florenao@gmsdc.org.

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