9:00am – 10:00am


Continental Breakfast

10:00am – 10:50pm MBE WorkshopLaSonya Berry – Next Level Business Series Session

Don’t let new contracts or clients put you out of business. Learn how to scale your business to be successful. Business owners (Class I and II) will learn five strategies that will assist with supporting revenue growth while avoiding internal stalling and astronomical costs that can kill your profits. This workshop will provide direction on how to grow your organization to support revenue growth that will help you minimize risk, operate in excellence, and have the capacity to deliver on your brand.

Sponsored by MetLife

11:00am – 11:50am MBE Workshop Growing Newark

The Newark Alliance and Invest Newark are committed to advancing Newark’s global economic competitiveness through establishing and sustaining strong MBE-corporate/government relationships. In this workshop, you’ll learn about the strategic initiatives and novel programs underway to accelerate economic growth, generate jobs, and fuel wealth for all citizens of Newark. Speakers will also discuss ways that Newark’s anchor institutions are collaborating to buy and contract from local/regional MBEs.

12:00pm – 1:45pm Power Luncheon – Understanding the Needs of New Jersey-Based Government and Corporate Members

As local governments and corporations seek to utilize MBEs, firms must understand the expectations and requirements needed to obtain contracts in the State of New Jersey. These opportunities not only promote economic development, but also contribute to community growth and sustainable practices. Hear corporate and government leaders discuss commitments to diversify their supply chains and learn how you can do leverage these insights to advance your enterprise.

2:00pm – 3:00pm Corporate & MBE Joint Workshop Isabel Murillo – Lean Six Sigma and Organizational Waste Management

Discover ways to implement Lean Six Sigma concepts into your organization’s business practices. Find out how to manage or even eliminate organizational waste regardless of industry.

Presented by Mondelez

3:15pm – 5:00pm Marketplace

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 can then select which table they want to join 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 capabilities and what differentiates it from the competition.

After introductions, representatives have an opportunity to ask questions and engage in roundtable discussions. At the end of the 20-minute cycle, all firms must move to another representative’s table

5:00pm – 6:00pm Networking Reception

After a jam-packed day of scheduled networking and structured conversations, Exchange attendees should be armed with new substantive knowledge needed to form strategic business partnerships.

In this relaxed, less formal setting infused with a general spirit of camaraderie, wine and cheese, MBEs and corporate members can exercise their networking skills.