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Construction Workshop

Quality Connections. Ready. Set. Grow!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Billions of dollars of private and public sector project opportunities are available in Florida. Learn about how to do business on large-scale projects and meet the key players behind some of these projects. Also, industry leaders will discuss how to ensure diversity across public and private sector projects.

Emerging Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) Program

Millennial Entrepreneurs:

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

9:00 AM – 11:45 AM

The EYE Program is an intensive learning and development program focused on millennial entrepreneurs ages 19 to 35 whose companies are anywhere from the conception stage to sustainable business. The program is designed to maximize business growth with opportunities and has a special focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Procurement Ready Boot Camp

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

9:00 AM – 10:20 AM                          Part 1: Writing the Winning Proposal

What are the steps to writing a winning proposal? Learn how to craft a compelling proposal that differentiates your response from the competition’s and win each time. Participants will receive a checklist for proposal submission.

10:03 AM – 11:45 AM                        Part 2: Where to Find Billions in Business Opportunities

Learn the tools and strategies to find billions in business opportunities in both the private and public sectors. Also, in this session you will receive information on where to find contract opportunities before they are advertised, who currently has the contracts and how to get copies of previous proposals.

The Supplier Diversity Roundtable (Corporate Only)

Best Practice Deep Dive: Establish Tracking, Reporting, and Goal-Setting Mechanisms

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

10:00 AM – 11:45 AM

The FSMSDC Supplier Diversity Roundtable meets regularly to discuss best practices in supplier diversity, professional development for diversity professionals and trends in supplier diversity. At this roundtable meeting, large buying organizations will have an opportunity to meet with peers to share insights on supplier diversity.

Elevator Pitch Competition

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

10:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Are you ready to make your elevator pitch? Pitch your idea or business in less than one minute to our panel of judges and audience. Tell us about your business, what makes your company unique and how you help your clients. The best elevator pitch presenters will earn monetary prizes, legal and accounting services, and training.

B2B Trade Fair

Business to Business​

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

The Business Expo is the largest minority business event in Florida. As the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council’s premier annual event, it draws business leaders from across Florida and the nation. The Business Expo brings together a unique cross-section of minority entrepreneurs, large corporations and government agencies to create new relationships, ventures and opportunities for growth.

Loan-A-Thon

Grow Your Business

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Meet with bankers and alternative lenders at the Loan-A-Thon. Bring your paperwork and get financing on the spot if you qualify. Whether you need a microloan or a multi-million-dollar loan, this is the chance to sit with traditional and non-traditional lenders to get the financing you need to grow your business.

To participate in the Loan-A-Thon on Thursday, April 16th, the minimum purchase is a trade fair ticket.

Literary Corner

For published authors ONLY!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Are you a published author? Literary Corner is a new and powerful marketing avenue open to all MBE or corporate member authors. As a MBE or corporate member author, take advantage of the chance to expose your book and name to a new audience. Do not overlook this opportunity to meet the reading public face-to-face. Regardless of size and name recognition, Literacy Corner is worth registering for, if you are a published author who is serious about promoting your book.

One-on-One Appointments with Buyers

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Schedule your one-on-one appointment, as many contracts have been signed and relationships developed as a result of these appointments. This opportunity allows you to meet a unique cross-section of business leaders from across Florida and the nation. Corporate and government exhibitors find these appointments to be a wonderful way to meet new suppliers. Additionally, MBEs rate the interaction during the appointments as very effective for connecting directly with buyers and other end users.

Podcast

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

A deep dive live Podcast recording during the B2B trade fair with Donald Kelly, The Sales Evangelist, provides an opportunity for you to give insight into what you have learned during your entrepreneurial journey, share why your company values supplier diversity and share your business success stories.

Makeup and Headshots

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Showcase your professionalism, both inside and out, with a winning professional headshot which may inspire people to connect with you. It’s incredibly important to always appear professional, both in-person and online. And while most career-driven individuals understand the importance of business professional attire in-person, far too many fail to convey that same professionalism online—the very place most professional contacts will see you! Do not deter clients with a poor quality corporate headshot. Stop by to re-touch your make-up and pose for your professional headshot.

Free Business Consultations

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

There will be subject matter experts within the Trade Fair who will provide free coaching sessions in areas such as marketing and social media, HR, Total Quality Management, IT, sales strategies and financing.

Partnership Reception​

Mix and Mingle

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The reception is the post-trade fair wrap-up that brings together attendees for a high energy,  memorable, networking reception. Attendees will meet the exhibitors and talk to corporate buyers, plus relax and mingle with speakers, sponsors and other special guests.

Growth Industries

Thursday, November 19, 2020

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Are you in a growth industry? This workshop is designed to give companies insight into how to expand in today’s high-growth sectors. A panel of experts and companies doing business in growing industries will cover the trends and opportunities.

Build Locally and Grow Globally

Thursday, November 19, 2020

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Did you know that 95% of the world’s purchasing power is outside of the U.S.? Are you interested in selling your products and services internationally? Get tips from leading experts on how to successfully do business globally.

The Future of Work and Performance

Thursday, November 19, 2020

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Work and performance are being disrupted by the gig economy, robotics and artificial intelligence. Recruiting the most skilled talent is critical for business growth. At this engaging workshop, you will learn about the future of work, as well as strategies to retain the best employees and encourage them to grow with your company in today’s competitive job market.

Youth Entrepreneur Workshop

High School Students

Thursday, November 19, 2020

9:00 AM – 11:45 AM

CRAMS Consulting will facilitate a youth workshop focused on leadership, careers and business. Participating students will hear from and engage with successful minority business owners. The Youth Entrepreneurs Workshop is designed to excite and expose students to the world of entrepreneurship and prepare them for bright futures in their chosen paths. This session is specifically for high school students.

A Roadmap to Your Business Success in 100 Days

Thursday, November 19, 2020

10:00 AM – 11:45 AM

An interactive workshop focused on what a company needs to do to strengthen operations, sales and marketing. Participants will receive a copy of the small business checkup.

A View From the Top: Chief Procurement Officers Share Insights

Thursday, November 19 2020

10:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Chief Procurement Officers responsible for billions of dollars in procurement will share their views on the current global business environment and supply chain trends. The panel will share information on how to identify opportunities and how to compete and win the BIG contracts.

Doing Business with Government, The Biggest Buyer in the World

Thursday, November 19, 2020

10:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Discover potential opportunities for your business in the trillion-dollar government sector. This workshop will identify contracting opportunities and provide tips to successfully do business with federal, state and local governments.

How to Make Millions Online

Thursday, November 19, 2020

10:00 AM – 11:45 AM

E-commerce is predicted to be the world’s largest retail channel in two years. The internet has changed how businesses deliver products and services. Are you e-commerce ready? At this interactive session, you will learn how to effectively sell your products and services on the web to make millions.

Supplier Diversity Workshop (Corporate Only)

Best Practice Deep Dive: Develop a Corporate Minority Supplier Development Plan

Thursday, November 19, 2020

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

Companies are often at a loss when it comes to measuring the effectiveness of their Supplier Diversity Programs. This workshop will focus on how to analyze the status of your program and will provide strategies and best practices to improve supplier diversity initiatives.

Innovation Elevator Pitch Competition

Thursday, November 19, 2020

10:55 AM – 11:45 AM

At the Innovation Pitch Elevator Competition, business owners will have the opportunity to present their innovative ideas and companies and compete to win monetary prizes, coaching and training that will help grow their business.

Luncheon with Keynote

Thursday, November 19, 2020

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

The Business Expo Luncheon is a memorable event known for its inspirational keynote speakers. Get proven strategies to sharpen your business skills, ignite your motivation, increase your effectiveness and multiply your income! A primary component for success is motivation!

MasterClass

Thursday, November 19, 2020

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Hear from savvy and accomplished business leaders in the MasterClass, which is designed to be an intimate setting for MBEs to be inspired by the “Best of the Best” in business. This is an unprecedented opportunity to hear the secrets of the speakers’ business successes. Attendees will learn about strategies to remain competitive and how to have long-term success, as well as gain insights into what it takes to stay at the top.                                                              

CEO Forum

Thursday, November 19, 2020

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Hear from leading CEOs who are running innovative, high-performing and unique minority businesses. They will share tips on leveraging talent to accelerate innovation, increase revenue and improve customer service. The presenters will share lessons learned and provide insights on how they have built transformative multimillion-dollar companies and closed the big deals.