Notable sessions, workshops at this event

Power-packed Workshops

Opportunities. Ideas. Partnerships. Learning. Change.

Thursday, April 11 - Friday, April 12, 2019

Gain insight, best practices and ideas from leading business experts and industry leaders during the power-packed workshops. Topics range from doing business with the government to aquaculture, healthcare and construction.

  • Workshops Include:
  • Doing Business in Sports and Entertainment
  • Women’s Empowerment: Successful Strategies for Accelerated Business and Personal Growth
  • 9 Proven Marketing Strategies to Transform Your Social Media Strategy and Brand
  • Global Supply Trends
  • Construction Opportunities in the Public and Private Sectors
  • Doing Business With Federal, State and Local Government
  • Leading Supplier Diversity With a Value-Based Approach (Corporate Only)
  • Growth Industries: Aquaculture, Health Care, Information Technology and Marketing

Hard Hat Construction Matchmaker

Quality Connections. Ready. Set. Grow!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Meet the top construction companies in Florida that are managing and building major projects worth billions of dollars. The firms will share information about  their upcoming projects and what it takes to successfully do business with them. Also, minority businesses will have an opportunity to introduce their capabilities to leading construction firms.

To participate in the Hard Hat Construction Matchmaker on Thursday, April 11 the minimum purchase is a workshop and boot camp ticket.

Procurement Ready Boot Camp

In Partnership With the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) South Florida

Thursday, April 11, 2019

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

At this hands-on boot camp, you will go through the steps of responding to a Request for Proposal (RFP) and Request for Qualifications (RFQ). Get tips on writing a compelling proposal, how to avoid costly mistakes, pricing and available tools to help you win. Learn about the dos and don’ts of a winning proposal from procurement professionals who make decisions about billions of dollars in procurement opportunities.

Supplier Diversity Roundtable

Corporate Members Only

Thursday, April 11, 2019

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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, you will have an opportunity to meet with your peers to share insights into supplier diversity.


Learn Success Secrets and Strategies From the Best

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Hear from savvy and accomplished business leaders in each MasterClass, 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, how to have long-term success and insights on what it takes to stay at the top.

MasterClasses Include:
3:10 PM – 4:10 PM

How I Sold Two Companies for Millions & Established a New One With Exponential Growth with Chris Pillay, President & CEO of Semele Data

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Winning in Business and in Life by Doing More in Less Time with Gerald C. Grant Jr., President of G. Financial Group

CEO Forum

Hear From Leading CEOs Who Are Running Innovative, High-performing and Unique Minority Businesses

Thursday, April 11, 2019

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

They will give 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.

  • Speakers Include:
  • Rexy Rolle, VP of Operations & General Counsel of Western Air
  • Jorge Amaro, MBA, ACHE, Cheif Executive Office of A3i
  • Stephanie Murphy, Founder & CEO of AlphaSpace
  • Lili Gil Valletta, Co-Founder & CEO of Culturintel & Cien+ (Moderator)

Welcome Reception

Mix and Mingle

Thursday, April 11, 2019

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The reception is the pre-trade fair warmup and networking event. Attendees will meet the exhibitors and talk to corporate buyers, plus relax and mingle with speakers, sponsors and other special guests.


Grow Your Business

Thursday April 11, 2019
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Friday April 12, 2019
1:45 PM - 5:00 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 multimillion-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 11 the minimum purchase is a workshop and boot camp ticket.
To participate in the Loan-A-Thon on Friday, April 12 the minimum purchase is a trade fair ticket.

Youth Entrepreneur Workshop

High School and College Students

Friday, April 12, 2019

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Crams Consulting will facilitate a youth workshop focused on leadership, careers and business. Students will hear from successful minority business owners. The Youth Entrepreneur Workshop is designed to excite students about entrepreneurship and prepare them for bright futures. This session is specifically for college and high school students.


Get Motivated and Energized for the Trade Fair

Friday, April 12, 2019

12:00 PM - 1:15 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!

Trade Fair​

Business to Business​

Friday, April 12, 2019

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.