Why Attend

The Council’s NYC Business Opportunity Exchange is a one-day conference aimed at making connections, exchanging ideas, and increasing business opportunities between minority suppliers, government agencies, and corporations.  The event is comprised of educational seminars presented by thought leaders with experience in leading corporations and successful businesses, as well as networking sessions meant to drive dialogue around business opportunities.

Minority Suppliers: Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Business Opportunity Exchange

  1. Network, Network, Network.
  2. Network with representatives from Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, educational institutions, and other certified firms.
  3. Attend the MarketPlace Roundtable: Perfect your pitch just in time to promote your business to a corporate or government agency prospect of your
  4. Strengthen your knowledge of supplier diversity programs from leading corporations and better understand how you can do business with them.
  5. Market your products and services to hundreds of potential clients.

Corporate Members: Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Business Opportunity Exchange

  1. Network, Network, Network.
  2. Meet diverse suppliers that bring innovation to set your company apart from competitors.
  3. Increase competition between suppliers, thereby reducing your direct and indirect spend.
  4. Benchmark your program: connect with other supplier diversity and procurement professionals.
  5. Discover new firms at the MarketPlace Roundtable and hear about their products and services.

Who Should Attend?

  • All minority business owners, certified and non-certified, who want to increase their business portfolios
  • Corporate members who are interested in advancing their supplier diversity programs and growing their pool of suppliers
  • Corporations interested in implementing a supplier diversity program
  • Minority-owned businesses (own and control 51% or more of the business) that offer products or services to corporations or government agencies

The MarketPlace Roundtable provides suppliers an opportunity to meet with corporate and government agency representatives of their choice in an open and professional environment.

Format: Each session is 20 minutes. Each participating corporate or government representative is assigned a roundtable of 10 for the duration of the session. Eligible MBE firms are then able to choose which table they would like to sit at for each cycle. Once the MBE is seated at a table, the firm has one minute to present an elevator pitch outlining the company’s capacity as well as what differentiates it from the competition. After introductions, representatives have an opportunity to ask questions of the MBEs and engage in round-table discussions. At the end of the 20-minute cycle, all firms must move to another representative’s table.

About The Council

The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. identifies minority suppliers; certifies bona-fide minority business enterprises; and facilitates procurement opportunities between major purchasing entities and Council-certified minority suppliers. That supplier group includes Asian, Black, Hispanic, and Native-American businesses located throughout the State of New York and northern and central New Jersey including Trenton. The Council’s corporate membership consists of Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, educational institutions and non-profit organizations. The Council is one of the 23 regional affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.