Why Attend

The Council’s Business Opportunity Exchange is a day-and-a-half conference aimed at making connections, exchanging ideas, and increasing business opportunities between minority suppliers, government agencies, and Corporate America. 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: Network with representatives from Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, educational institutions, and other certified firms.
  2. Attend The Marketplace Roundtable: Perfect your pitch just in time to promote your business to a client of your choice. 
  3. Become eligible to participate in the Corporate Connections Session with corporations looking to do business with you!
  4. Strengthen your knowledge of supplier diversity programs from leading corporations and 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. Meet diverse suppliers that bring innovation to set your company apart from competitors.
  2. Increase competition between suppliers, thereby reducing your direct and indirect spend.
  3. Participate in the Corporate Connections Session: select firms of your choice to help you meet your supplier needs.
  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 Corporate America

The Marketplace Roundtable provides suppliers an opportunity to meet with corporate and government members of their choice in an open but formal 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 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 and engage in round-table discussions. At the end of the 20-minute cycle, all firms must move to another representative’s table.

Corporate Connections is a matchmaking session where corporate and government representatives select suppliers with whom they want to meet.

Format: Each session is 15 minutes. Each corporate member can schedule up to nine matchmaker meetings. Early registration for MBEs is required for appointment consideration. Only Council-certified suppliers are eligible to attend the Corporate Connections session.

About The Council

The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. identifies and certifies minority business enterprises (MBEs), and facilitates procurement opportunities between Corporate America and Council-certified minority suppliers. The supplier groups include 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, and educational institutions. The Council is one of the 23 regional affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.