The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council’s Business Opportunity Expo 2006 Hits Manhattan from June 12-13

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New York City Ranks #1 in U.S. as City with Largest Number Of Black, Asian, and Hispanic-Owned Firms According to 2002 U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners.

New York and New Jersey minority business owners will be having a networking extravaganza with some of America’s top supplier diversity directors at The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council’s Business Opportunity Expo 2006 from June 12-13 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Recently, New York City was listed by the U.S. Census Bureau 2002 Survey of Business Owners as the number one city in the U.S. with the largest number of Black-owned firms, Asian-owned firms, and Hispanic-owned firms. The survey studied minority business growth between 1997 and 2002. (http://www.census.gov/csd/sbo/index.html). The Council’s Business Opportunity Expo is considered New York City’s top conference on the largest private, public and foreign-owned firms outsourcing to minority businesses. It attracts supplier diversity executives from Colgate-Palmolive, Con Edison, Pepsico, New York Life, Time Warner, IBM, and many others.

This year’s theme, Positioning Supplier Diversity as a Business Advantage, will encourage private, public and foreign-owned firms and Council-certified minority business owners to strategize, meet and negotiate. The corporate co-chair is Michael K. Robinson, program director, Global Supplier Diversity, IBM and the Minority Business Enterprise co-chair is Zoa Martinez, president and creative director, Zona Design. The Council has coordinated educational workshops, award luncheons, networking receptions and trade fair showcases. Speakers will include Farrah Gray, the venture capitalist who became a self-made millionaire at age 15, and now at 21-years-old is the author of Reallionaire: Nine Steps to Becoming Rich from the Inside Out. Workshops, headed by top supplier diversity trainers such as Ralph Moore and Reggie Williams, will explore on partnership strategies, effective marketing tactics, management, branding, government procurement, and a range of other issues.

“As reflected in the latest U.S. Census Survey on Business, growth opportunities for minority entrepreneurs in the New York City metropolitan area are impressive,” said Lynda Ireland, president, New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council. “Between 2003 and 2005, the Council experienced a 27 percent increase in the number of African American, Asian, and Hispanic-owned businesses becoming certified. Also in 2005, our corporate members spent an astounding $5.8 billion dollars with our Council-certified MBEs. The Council is there to assist minority businesses and corporations on finding mutually beneficial business collaborations through networking, education programs, and business development,” stated Ireland.

For more information on The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council’s Business Opportunity Expo 2006 Positioning Supplier Diversity as a Business Advantage, please call 212-502-5663. http://www.nynjmsdc.org

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 Corporate America and Council-certified minority suppliers. That supplier group includes Asian Indian-American, Asian Pacific-American, African-American, Hispanic- American and Native-American businesses located throughout downstate New York (Albany and below) and Northern and Central New Jersey including Trenton. The Council’s corporate membership consists of the largest private, public and foreign-owned firms; in addition to government agencies and educational institutions.

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