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Minority Enterprise Development Conference, Dec. 5-6 focuses on job creation

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by ConnXus on November 14, 2012

The Minority Enterprise Development Conference is the largest federally sponsored minority business development event in the country.

The annual conference is in Washington, D.C., Dec. 5-6, under the theme “Job Creation in America: Build it Here — Sell it Everywhere.”

The conference is free, but there is a charge to attend the Awards Luncheon and refreshment breaks. The keynote speaker will be Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca M. Blank, who’ll speak on the State of Commerce.

The event will allow minority business owners a chance to meet corporate and government procurement representatives with more than $30 billion in procurement opportunities.

Other breakout sessions during the two-day conference include:

  • Access to Capital: Mergers and Acquisitions: A Smart Investment Strategy that Leads to Exponential Growth, Job Creation and Bottom Line Profitability
  • Access to Markets: Leveraging International Opportunities in Emerging Markets: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS)
  • Advanced Manufacturing: Transforming America’s Manufacturing Industry into Unlimited Possibilities
  • Access to Contracts: What’s Hot In Government Contracting – Making America More Competitive – Growing US Minority-Owned Businesses

There also will be a Business Expo that includes exhibit booths and a one-on-one business matchmaking session. Companies that have at least $1 million in revenues and are minorities can participate in the sessions, and businesses have to register for the conference to attend matchmaking sessions.

There will also be an international element to the conference, with receptions planned for the Embassies of Brazil and the United Kingdom.

You can find out more about the conference through the Minority Enterprise Development Week Conference website and the site’s FAQ section.

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The ConnXion Point is the blog for, an online service connecting small, minority- and woman-owned businesses with companies seeking to hire diverse suppliers.

I'm Rod Robinson, founder and chief connector of I've spent 15 years in the procurement business as a minority business owner, company procurement officer and industry consultant.

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