Why Attend

The Council’s New Jersey Business Opportunity Exchange is a one-day 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 a dialogue around business opportunities.

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. Eligible to participate in the Corporate Connections Session with corporations looking to do business with you!
  4. Strengthen your knowledge on supplier diversity programs from leading corporations and how you can do business with them
  5. Market your products and services throughout the conference to hundreds of potential clients

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

  1. Meet suppliers that bring innovation to set your company apart from competitors
  2. Your company is in demand: increase competition between suppliers, 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?

  • Council certified minority firms who want to increase their business
  • 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) and offer products or services to Corporate America.

The MarketPlace Roundtable provides suppliers an opportunity to meet with Corporate and/or Government Members of their choice in an open and professional environment.

Format: Each session is 20 minutes in duration. Each participating Corporate or Government representative is assigned a round table 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 seated at a table, each MBE representative has one minute to present their pitch outlining their company’s capacity as well as what differentiates their company from their competitors. 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.

About The Council

The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. identifies and certifies minority business enterprises, 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.