Make the right connections at the 2017 Economic Development Forum, your one-stop for business connections, networking and valuable resources. Visit the Exhibit Hall to connect with some of the largest corporations in the Mid-South, minority and women-owned businesses and experience informative mini-seminar speakers. Visit the MBDA Business Center booth and get connected to local, regional and national opportunities.

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  • Wed
    24
    Aug
    2016
    09:15 a.m. – 09:30 a.m.Exhibit Hall
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  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Exhibit Hall
    (Exhibit Hall Closes for Lunch at 11:30am and Re-opens at 1:15pm)
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  • 1:15 p.m. – 4:00 9.m. Exhibit Hall
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  • 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Exhibit Hall

    Unique Strategies for Finding Supplier Opportunities in the Public Sector
    Seminar Description: Focusing on ways to identify and connect with government entities to do business outside the traditional bid process. It involves relationship building, strategic marketing and exploration of the needs in the industry.

    Althea Jones Senior Program Manager, Supplier Diversity, Tennessee Valley Authority

    FACILITATOR
    Althea Jones
    Senior Program Manager, Supplier Diversity
    Tennessee Valley Authority

    Renise Holiday Supplier Diversity Coordinator Memphis Light, Gas & Water (MLGW)

    Renise Holiday
    Supplier Diversity Coordinator
    Memphis Light, Gas & Water (MLGW)

    Shelia Maclin Purchasing Manager Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA)

    Shelia Maclin
    Purchasing Manager
    Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA)

    Mahi Chambers Director, Staff Services Memphis/Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA)

    Mahi Chambers
    Director, Staff Services
    Memphis/Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA)

    Eric Mayse Purchasing Agent City of Memphis

    Eric Mayse
    Purchasing Agent
    City of Memphis

  • 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Exhibit Hall

    Joint Venture Relationships That Work!
    Seminar Description: This seminar will showcase the power of Joint Ventures formed between independent firms in exploration of cutting-edge growth opportunities.

    FACILITATOR Kevin Bruce Partner Bruce & Turner

    FACILITATOR
    Kevin Bruce
    Partner
    Bruce & Turner

    Charles Barnes President & CEO Action Chemical, Inc.

    Charles Barnes
    President & CEO
    Action Chemical, Inc.

    Frazer Windless President A-1 Printing Service, Inc.

    Frazer Windless
    President
    A-1 Printing Service, Inc.

    Armstead Ward President Worldwide Label & Packaging

    Armstead Ward
    President
    Worldwide Label & Packaging


  • Thu
    25
    Aug
    2016
    08:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Exhibit Hall
    (Exhibit Hall Closes for Lunch at 11:30am and Re-opens at 1:15pm)
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  • 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Exhibit Hall

    Collaboration At Work: Ecosystem Providers Advancing M/WBE Growth

    Seminar Description: This seminar will showcase the Minority Business Ecosystem and how a collective group of community organizations can work together to comprehensively serve the needs of diverse businesses. M/WBE service providers on the panel will present how each organization offers differentiated services and programs to support the growth of diverse businesses.

    FACILITATOR Joann Massey Director, Office of Business Diversity & Compliance City of Memphis

    FACILITATOR
    Joann Massey
    Director, Office of Business Diversity & Compliance
    City of Memphis

    Dianne Dixon President NAWBO

    Dianne Dixon
    President
    NAWBO

    Andre Gibson Project Manager Economic Development Greater Memphis Chamber

    Andre Gibson
    Project Manager Economic Development
    Greater Memphis Chamber

    Patrice Harris Economic Development Manager Renaissance Business Center

    Patrice Harris
    Economic Development Manager
    Renaissance Business Center

    Stephanie Alexander Executive Director Memphis Area Minority Contractors Association

    Stephanie Alexander
    Executive Director
    Memphis Area Minority Contractors Association

    Dino Hull Executive Director Minority Business Development Agency

    Dino Hull
    Executive Director
    Minority Business Development Agency

    Melvin Jones Executive Director, Business Contracting Consortiums

    Melvin Jones
    Executive Director,
    Business Contracting Consortiums

    Leslie Smith Executive Director EpiCenter

    Leslie Smith
    Executive Director
    EpiCenter

    Joyce Tabb Consultant TNMSDC

    Joyce Tabb
    Consultant
    TNMSDC

    Rory Thomas Executive Director Tennessee Small Business Development Center

    Rory Thomas
    Executive Director
    Tennessee Small Business Development Center

    Roby Williams President Black Business Association

    Roby Williams
    President
    Black Business Association

  • 1:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Exhibit Hall
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  • 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Exhibit Hall

    Booth Award Winner/Grand Prize Winner

  • Wed
    28
    Jun
    2017
    09:15 am - 09:30 amGrand Ballroom

    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    Exhibit Hall Opens

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  • 09:30 am - 11:30 amGrand Ballroom

    Exhibit Hall Hours

    (Exhibit Hall Closes for Lunch at 11:30am and Re-opens at 1:15pm)

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  • 1:15 pm - 4:00 pmGrand Ballroom

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  • 2:30 pm - 4:00 pmGrand Ballroom

    Corporate Connection Zone – Exhibit Hall (Ballroom)

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  • 4:00 pm - 4:30 pmGrand Ballroom

    Exhibit Hall - Closing Ceremony

    Booth Award Winner/Grand Prize Winner

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