Annual Procurement Opportunities Conference for
Minority/Women-owned Business Enterprises
Thursday, May 14, 2009
8:30 am – 3:15 pm
May 14, 2009
The AWIB Annual Procurement Opportunities Conference for Minority/Women-owned Businesses hosted a large number of business owners looking for B2B networking opportunities, corporate procurement and information on winning government contracts. Event guests participated in a jam-packed day of workshops, private matchmaking sessions with corporate buyers and information galore from government and private exhibitors.
The Corporate Matchmaking session consisted of one-on-one private meetings in which pre-qualified business owners presented their product or service to buyers from various corporations. Participants in the Matchmaking were Aetna, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, The Bank of New York Mellon, Battery Park City Authority, Bloomingdales, Bovis Lend Lease, Con Edison, Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, FedEx, GE, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, MetLife, Phoenix Constructors JV, PricewaterhouseCoopers, State Farm, Stop & Shop and Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club.
These interactive sessions took place throughout the day, covered a wide variety of topics and answered many of the questions business owners had about procurement opportunities.
New this year was Greening Your Business, a special session on how to green your business and win green contracts.
Other sessions that were offered included Opportunities with Regional and Federal Agencies, Winning Contracts with the States: New York and New Jersey, and Doing Business with Corporate America.
Including those mentioned above, the corporations, government agencies and green businesses that were exhibitors in this year’s conference were AXA Financial Inc., Jacob Javits Convention Center, Adirondack Creamery, AIA New Dimensions in Marketing, Inc., Arogya Tea, Bestype Imaging, Comstar International, Grab Em Snacks, Grain, Green Choice Vendors, Green Goods Inc., J. Ottoman Consulting, Inc., Ortolan, Project 116, Realm Designers Inc., Rolling Press, Rose Crown SkinCare Inc., Solarrific, Inc., Spanier Services, Empire State Development Corp, Internal Revenue Service, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs, New York City Fire Department, New York Power Authority, NJ Transit, NJ Treasury, NYC Dept. of Citywide Administrative Services, NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection, NYC Dept. of Education, NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation & Development, NYC Dept. of Sanitation, NYC Dept. of Transportation, NYC Dept. of Education, NYC Dept. of Transportation, NYC Economic Development Corp, NYC Economic Development Corp, NYC Health and Hospitals, NYC Housing Authority, NYC Housing Authority, NYC Parks Department, NYC School Construction , NYC Small Business Services, NYS Dormitory Authority, NYS Dept. Of Transportation, NYS Energy Research Development Authority, NYS Office of General Services, NYS Office of Mental Retardation & Dev. Disabilities, Port Authority of NY/NJ, Rutgers University, SUNY, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, U.S. Dept. of Labor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Dept. of Labor and U.S. Small Business Administration.
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