This spring will see several major supplier diversity events: the USHCC Legislative Summit, WBENC Summit and Salute, NCAIED Reservation Economic Summit (RES), and local events with a major national impact, like the Chicago Business Opportunity Fair (CBOF). Even if you cannot personally attend these events, we want to share the experience and provide information about the great organizations that host these events.
This issue includes an overview and history of several of these important supplier diversity events, as well as business development tips to enhance your business in preparation for these occasions. Supplier diversity conferences and conventions offer a great deal in the way of opportunity and business development for MBEs. Face-to-face networking, for example, is one of the most valuable resources available to MBEs at these events, but also a time when basic mistakes can occur. Taking advantage of these opportunities while putting your best foot forward can take your business to the next level.
We are always pleased to work with new organizations and bring the latest news and events to MBEConnect Profiles magazine readers. Organizations are an integral part of the supplier diversity community and offer business opportunities as well as chances for improvement and growth. Through our involvement with supplier diversity organizations, we are able to reach more minority- and women owned-businesses and build a stronger, more-focused supplier diversity community, leading to a better business environment for all.
- The MBEConnect Team