Minority Business Council Conference and Expo Set for Nov. 6

Susan “Syd” Dorsey, Small Business Adviser, to Speak

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Virginia Beach Minority Business Council will hold its 16th annual Conference and Expo on Thursday, Nov. 6, 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, "Building Powerful Coalitions," aims to increase of the use of teaming, relationship and coalition building to secure contracts and procurement opportunities. Insight and strategies to increase networking and coalition building will be provided. The conference is a place for small businesses and those owned by women, minorities and veterans 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.


Susan “Syd” Dorsey will be the keynote speaker. She was appointed Adviser for Small Business Equity and Development by Governor Terry McAuliffe in May. Previously, she worked as a consultant on issues of small business and supplier diversity and also as an adjunct professor of marketing at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dorsey was director of marketing and sales for Astyra Corporation, a Virginia minority business, and spent 19 years with IBM Corporation, including global marketing manager for state and local government industries.


The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To register online, visit the Minority Business Council’s page here. For more information, contact Sharon Foster or Lavera Tolentino at (757) 385-4438.


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