Minority Business Council Conference and Expo Set for Nov. 7

National Minority Business Development Leader to Speak

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Virginia Beach Minority Business Council will hold its 15th annual Conference and Expo on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St. Event registration and networking will begin at 2 p.m., with a small reception at its conclusion.


This year’s theme, "Removing the Barriers - Closing the Gap," aims to promote identifying obstacles that may impede the success of small, minority and women business owners.  Insight and strategies to reduce the impact of those barriers will be provided, improving the probability of business owners achieving the success they seek. The conference is a place for small businesses and those owned by women, minorities and service-disabled individuals to market and promote their goods and services. Attendees have the opportunity to learn strategies to propel their enterprises to the next level, while sharing their companies’ strengths and capabilities with procurement officials from across the state.


Floyd E. Wilson, Jr., a nationally recognized authority on minority business growth and development, will be the keynote speaker. In addition to his business success, Wilson has served as chair of numerous commissions, boards and councils that promote change and equality for minority business enterprises. Representatives from the state Department of Minority Business Enterprise, Small, Woman and Minority (SWaM) Program and the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program will also be available for consultation.


The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To register online, visit www.VBgov.com/mbc. For more information, contact Sharon Foster or Lavera Tolentino at (757) 385-4438.


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