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2018 Conference Highlights

NEW for 2018

The Business Opportunity Exchange (trade show) will be held on Tuesday this year. Please take note of this critical change from previous conferences.

Awards Banquet

Awards Banquet 2018

Awards presentations for:

  • Suppliers of the Year
  • Corporation of the Year
  • Regional Council of the Year

Farewell Reception 2018

Immediately following the Awards Banquet, we bid farewell to Austin and set our sights on the 2019 conference.
9:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.

2018 National MBDA/MED Week Programming


Matchmaker: Government-to-Business (G2B) Exchanges

Monday, Oct. 15, 2018
10:15 AM

The federal government spends more than $500 billion annually on purchasing goods and services. During these intimate roundtable exchanges, federal acquisition officials will provide an analysis of top spend categories by NAICS for their department and demystify federal supply schedules. Attendees will gain firsthand insight and learn about department-specific forecasted spend plans for fiscal year 2019. They will also will have the opportunity to present their capabilities. So, bring your elevator pitch, business card, and capabilities statement!

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Signature Session: Government Contracting in the Digital Age

Monday, Oct. 15, 2018
2:15 PM

From social media and websites to digital footprints and search engine optimization (SEO), the Federal Government is using the capabilities of technology to find vendors for new products and services. Is your company keeping pace and leveraging these new platforms? Hear from members of the private sector who work with the Federal Government to capitalize on the Digital Age to announce contracts and how your company can better position itself for new opportunities.

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Opportunity Zones

Getting in the Zones…Opportunity Zones

Wednesday, Oct. 17 2018
9:45 AM

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 created Opportunity Zones which is a new community development program designed to connect private capital with low-income and rural communities across America. For the next ten years, private investors will be eligible for certain tax benefits in return for investing in these communities. With over 8,700 locations in every U.S. state, territory and Washington, D.C, come see where your next project and investment can take place. The panel will discuss the location strategy of the Opportunity Zones to include an interactive mapping system. Participants will be able to see prospective investment locations and learn about projects.

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Corporate Co-Chairs

MBE Co-Chair

Corporate Plus® Co-Chair

About the Conference

The NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange is the nation’s premier forum on minority supplier development. For four days, more than 6,000 corporate CEOs, procurement executives and supplier diversity professionals from the top multinational companies, as well as leading Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners and international organizations will convene in Austin, Texas, to re-energize their collective efforts to Certify > Develop > Connect > and Advocate for solid minority firms in the global corporate supply chain.

This one-of-a-kind event features:

  • Thousands of corporate executives, procurement professionals and Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners
  • More than 20 targeted sessions and workshops
  • A one-day Business Opportunity Exchange with more than 700 exhibit booths
  • A black-tie Awards Banquet
  • Endless opportunities to network, network, network!


Austin, Texas is home to the 2018 NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange.

Please refer to the Conference schedule for more details as they become available.

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