PA-NJ-DE MSDC to Host 27th Annual Procurement Conference and Trade Show Atlantic City Presented By GlaxoSmithKline and Atlantic City Electric

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Hundreds of Procurement Professionals and Minority Business Owners Expected to Attend

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“The conference and trade show will have a positive impact on the community and expose our corporate members to outstanding minority suppliers from around the country,” Wade Colclough, regional President and CEO

The Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware Minority Supplier Development Council (PA-NJ-DE MSDC) will host its 27th Annual Procurement Conference and Trade Show on September 17 and 18. This is the region’s benchmark forum on minority supplier development and will bring together Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners, corporate minority supplier development professionals, purchasing executives and corporate decision-makers who spend over $1 billion dollars in procurement contracts with diverse firms for two days at Caesars Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

“The conference and trade show will have a positive impact on the community and expose our corporate members to outstanding minority suppliers from around the country,” said Wade Colclough, regional President and CEO

The theme of this year’s conference is “Game Changers – Bold Thinkers. Big Wins.” The focus will be on economic triggers and their impact on current and future contract relationships; infrastructure improvement plans and how MBEs can position their firms to play an important role in driving the nation and the region toward economic prosperity.

The conference will feature corporate and MBE business-to-business matchmaking on Monday, September 17. “How to Finance Your MBE Business to Scale” will be the “must attend” seminar, providing valuable resources, information, and counsel to MBEs to financially sustain their business. On Tuesday, September 18, the Business Trade Show will feature more than 50 corporate, government and minority business enterprise exhibitor booths.

Just as important, the PA-NJ-DE MSDC has teamed with the Honorable Lorenzo T. Langford, mayor of Atlantic City to place a call-to-action to regional businesses, firms, and conference attendees on behalf of the students of Atlantic City public school system. We’re encouraging support for the “Ready-to-Learn School Supply Drive. Businesses and conference attendees are asked to donate bulk school supplies, make contributions to the drive, or bring backpacks – filled with school supplies – to the conference for distribution to the students on the final day of the conference.

Speakers At-A-Glance:

Monday, September 17: Opening Address
Milton Hunt, President, Hunt International
As President of Hunt International for more than 20 years, Hunt has trained and coached in the corporate, government and private sectors. He is a Native American; a member of the Lumbee tribe, the ninth largest in the United States.

Morning Keynotes
Dr. Fred McKinney, President/CEO, Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council
Dr. McKinney, a thought-leader in supplier diversity, earned his Ph.D. from Yale University in economics in 1983. He is the first African American male to receive a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University.

Steven Wray, Executive Director of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia
Wray received an MS in Public Management and Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Founded in 1909, the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to ensuring the region's prosperity through analysis and action.

Luncheon Keynote
Robert M. Hanna, Esq., President, New Jersey Board of Utilities
President Bob Hanna also serves as a member of the Governor's Cabinet. The BPU has jurisdiction over the rates and facilities of electric, gas, water and wastewater, telephone and cable television companies and works to ensure that consumers have access to safe, reliable, and efficient services at reasonable costs. In addition, the BPU is working to foster innovation, competition and consumer choice in the energy and telecommunications markets in the State of New Jersey.

Tuesday, September 18: Luncheon Keynote
Mackay is a Senior Policy Advisor to Lieutenant Governor Guadagno in the Department of State, with specific responsibility for the Red Tape Review initiative and Small Business Advocacy in the Business Action Center. Previously, Mackay worked for New Jersey Attorney General Milgram as the Deputy Director at the Division of Consumer Affairs where she managed approximately 400 employees. Before entering public service, Mackay enjoyed a long investment career and holds a certification as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). She was the Chief Investment Strategist and spokesperson for Bear, Stearns and named as one of the Top 50 Women in the Money Business by Money Magazine.

For additional information and to register for the conference and trade show go to http://www.msdc-panjde.org. Contact the PA-NJDE Minority Supplier Development Council at 215-569-1005 or visit the web site.

About Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware Minority Supplier Development Council
Mission – Certify, Develop, Connect, and Advocate.

Pennsylvania-New Jersey Delaware Minority Supplier Development Council (PA-NJ-DE MSDC) is an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, one of the country’s leading business membership organizations. It is the third-party organization for private sector and quasi-government certification. It provides increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes and a connection between corporate America, government entities, and minority-owned businesses. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA (42 S. 15th Street, Suite 1400), the PA-NJ-DE MSDC represents over 125 corporate members and 400 MBEs with total revenues of $14 billion, and employs more than 35,000 employees throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware. For more information, visit http://msdc-panjde.org.

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