Press Release

2016 AWIB Annual Procurement Conference
for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises
New York, NY (May 6, 2016) – Asian Women in Business (AWIB) will hold its Annual Procurement Opportunities Conference for Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MBWEs) on Thursday June 16, 2016.  The conference will take place at BNY Mellon, 101 Barclay Street, New York City, from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM. 
There is no cost to attend the AWIB Annual Procurement Opportunities Conference.  The event provides the MBWE community with resources and connections to stand out in an increasingly competitive market.  Attendees can foster partnerships by networking with government officials and small business owners in the extensive exhibition area.  To support the growth of MWBEs, pre-qualified vendors have a chance to meet with corporate buyers during one-on-one appointments.  The conference includes expert-led panel discussions which offer valuable insight into the procurement process, how to sell and maximize networking, and new initiatives designed for MWBEs. 
Michael Owh, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services, and The Honorable Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President, are featured speakers. 
Conference Highlights:
Extensive Exhibition Area and Workshops
  • Doing Business with Corporate America
A panel of corporate experts share best practices to close the deal
  • Marketing to the Government
Government and regional representatives discuss secrets to landing those coveted contracts
  • Selling Made Simple: Refining your Sales Technique
Improve your sales techniques and learn how to be strategic about finding clients, network with a purpose, close the deal, and grow your customer base.  Maximize the time you spend at the conference with what you learn at this workshop and start making all your meetings and engagements more productive.
  • How MWBEs can become involved in the Affordable Housing Mandate
Be a part of Mayor de Blasio’s newest initiative while making New York City more diverse.  Learn about affordable housing opportunities (development, construction, other) and resources available to MWBEs to assist them in competing for these opportunities. 
Wellness Lounge
Relax in between conference events at our on-site retreat with a variety of complimentary services ranging from manicures and massages to meditation and acupressure using natural, eco-friendly products!  Reduce your stress while sipping healthy refreshments.  For more luxury, give your hands a treat with natural products. 
Corporate Matchmaking
Pre-qualified vendors (must register and complete Pre-Qualification form) get a chance to pitch directly to buyers through private one-on-one meetings.
Below is a partial list of participating corporations, government agencies, and regional authorities.  Please visit AWIB’s website – for the latest updates.
  • Corporations – BNY Mellon; CBS Corporation; Citigroup, Inc.; Columbia University; Enterprise Holdings; Goldman Sachs & Co.; IBM; Jacob Javits Center; Major League Baseball; Morgan Stanley; New York University; New York Yankees; Pitney Bowes; Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) and more.
  • Government Agencies – City University of New York; NYC Citywide Administrative Services; NYC Fire Department; NYC Department of Parks & Recreation; NYC Department of Sanitation; NYC Small Business Services; NYC Economic Development Corporation; NYC Police Department (NYPD); NY Department of Transportation; NYS Empire State Development; NYS Office of General Services; State University of New York; US Department of Education; US General Services Administration; US Small Business Administration and more.
  • Regional Authorities – Battery Park City Authority; Dormitory Authority State of New York (DASNY); Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA); NYC Housing Authority; NYC School Construction Authority; Port Authority of NY/NJ
AWIB holds this conference as a public service to the Asian American community. Admission is FREE but an RSVP is required.   Online registration and a completed Pre-Qualification Form are required for match-making (Deadline: July 1, 2016).  Registration and Pre-Qualification Forms are available at Call 212-868-1368 or email for additional information.

Founded in 1995, Asian Women In Business (AWIB) is the only non-profit, tax-exempt organization in the country with the primary mission of assisting Asian women entrepreneurs. Over the years, AWIB, a dynamic organization, has expanded its mission to address identified needs and issues affecting the business and professional development of Asian Americans. AWIB also serves on various tasks forces and boards to promote the inclusion of minority and women owned businesses and professionals. Visit us at




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