Atlanta is just one month away from the largest business development trade fair of its kind and size in the state: the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC) Business Opportunity Conference and Expo (BOE) on April 15 – 17 at the Cobb Galleria Centre.
Attracting more than 500 minority business enterprise (MBE) firms and corporations each year, the BOE is a direct extension of the GMSDC mission to create jobs and grow the economy. For many, the BOE is that window of opportunity for interaction with the nation’s corporate elite and partnership with Georgia’s emerging minority firms.
Themed “Moving Forward Together – Collaboration, Capacity, Capital,”the crown of the BOE is the often-sought matchmaking event and multipurpose trade fair. More than 80 buyers representing more than 40 corporations including Georgia Power, AT&T and AFLAC are lining up to meet one-on-one with MBEs in a setting akin to speed dating.
The meetings are detailed discussions designed to vet MBEs for the corporate members’ most pressing procurement needs for the next 6 – 12 months. Last year, the GMSDC coordinated more than 400 matchmaking sessions and is currently in line to surpass these numbers by more than 40 percent for this popular relationship building activity.
The BOE opens with two days of exclusive, members-only educational sessions for minority businesses and corporate members. Typically, MBEs traverse the nation to experience Dartmouth University’s popular executive management business series, but through the BOE, a tailored Dartmouth course called Tuck Georgia is being brought to them. MBEs will also take part in the CEO Roundtables, which is an intimate gathering where GMSDC Titans – MBEs making in excess of $75 million in annual sales – will share best practices and lessons learned with fellow MBEs.
Meanwhile, corporate members will also enjoy their share of educational enrichment with a special forum called the Billion Dollar Roundtable.
For event details and to register visit www.gmsdc.org/boe. Early bird pricing ends Friday, March 29, 2013.