Press Release

AWIB Annual Procurement Opportunities Conference:
For Minority and Women-owned Business Owners


New York, NY (May 12, 2009) - Asian Women In Business (AWIB) will hold its Annual Procurement Opportunities Conference for Minority/Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) on Thursday, May 14, 2009 at the Bank of New York Mellon, 101 Barclay Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY from 8:30 am to 3:15 pm.

AWIB will offer an information packed day with vital information on strategically leveraging one’s business to secure contracts with corporations, federal, state and local governments and public authorities. Over 400 attendees are expected for the day.

Opening remarks will be made by New York City Council Member John C. Liu who will address the importance of maximizing opportunities for minorities and women.

Conference Highlights:

  • Panel Discussions - Interactive discussions on Corporate, City, State & Federal Agencies & Public Authorities selling opportunities.
  • Corporate Matchmaking - One-on-one meetings for pre-qualified vendors with buyers from over 20 corporations ranging from industries such as food, apparel, office equipment, technology and construction.
  • Greening Your Business - Innovative workshop where participants will learn how going the green route can be another new avenue to success. “Greening Your Business” will cover everything from the basics of how to go green, marketing green products and services effectively, to ultimately winning green contracts.
  • Exhibitors – Dozens of government agencies, public authorities, corporations and green suppliers will have displays. Attendees can learn about M/WBE certification, contracting opportunities and more.

Below is a partial list of participating corporations, government agencies and public authorities. Please visit AWIB’s website – for the latest updates.

Corporations: Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club, Aetna, Bank of New York Mellon, Bloomingdales, Metlife, FedEx, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Stop & Shop, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Pricewaterhouse-Coopers, Phoenix Constructors JV, GE, State Farm and more.

Government Agencies and authorities: MTA, NJ Treasury, NYC Small Business Services, NYS Dept of Transportation, NYC Health & Hospitals, NY Dormitory Authority, NY Power Authority, NYC Dept. of Education, Port Authority of NY/NJ, Empire State Development Corp, NYC FDNY and more.

Admission is FREE. But attendees must RSVP by May 12th. Participants in the match-making session must submit a pre-qualification form by May 11th. Registration and pre-qualification forms can be downloaded at Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Call 212-868-1368 or email for questions.

Asian Women In Business ( is the only nonprofit organization in the country with the primary mission of assisting Asian women entrepreneurs. Over the years, AWIB has expanded its mission to address issues affecting the business and professional development of Asian women. AWIB sponsors conferences, workshops and seminars on a variety of business topics and holds frequent networking activities to enable members to make important business contacts.







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