|WHO:||National Minority Supplier Development Council|
|Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange|
|WHAT:||Nation’s Largest Forum in Support of Minority Business Development|
|WHEN:||October 23-26, 2016|
|WHERE:||McCormick Place – 2301 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL 60616|
The annual NMSDC Conference is the nation’s premier forum on minority supplier development. For four days, more than 6,000 corporate CEOs, procurement executives and supplier diversity professionals from the top multinational companies and international organizations, as well as leading Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners, will convene to re-energize their collective efforts to develop and advocate for more vigorous participation by minority-owned firms in global corporate supply chains.
|This year’s Conference theme is “Minority Supplier Development: Investing in the Future.” During the event, more than 20 educational seminar sessions and interactive workshops will engage attendees with details of the latest commercial advances, and strategies and techniques to prepare for economic developments in the coming years.|
|In one of the highlights of the Conference, Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker will give opening remarks at an Oct. 24 breakfast spotlighting Powered by MBDA, a cluster of learning sessions featuring the latest information and trends in federal procurement, international trade and techno-logical innovation. In addition, various federal agencies will also exhibit together in an area of the Business Opportunity Exchange known as Federal Gateway. Powered by MBDA is organized by the Minority Business Development Agency and NMSDC as part of National Minority Enterprise Development Week — National MED Week, an annual event scheduled by U.S. presidential proclamation since 1983.|
|Chartered in 1972, NMSDC advances business opportunities for certified minority business enterprises and connects them to corporate members. The NMSDC Network includes a National Office in New York with 23 affiliate regional councils nationwide, and five international partner organizations located in the UK, Canada, Australia, China and South Africa.|
NMSDC matches its more than 10,000 certified minority-owned businesses to its network of more than 1,750 corporate members wishing to purchase their products, services and solutions. NMSDC is proud of its unwavering commitment to advance Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American suppliers in globalized corporate supply chains. For more information, visit www.NMSDC.org.
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