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Conference Features

Joset Wright-Lacy, President, NMSDC


It is our pleasure to invite you to join your peers, colleagues and business partners in Chicago, Illinois, October 23 – 26, for the 2016 NMSDC Conference – “Minority Supplier Development: Investing in the Future.”

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2016 Conference Brochure

2016 Conference Brochure

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2016 Sessions & Workshops

Signature Sessions

STEP, presented by The Coca-Cola Company, is a learning platform that addresses recognized barriers women entrepreneurs may face while trying to start, sustain and grow their businesses!

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Bootcamp for MBEs

One of the important challenges facing MBEs is their ability to collaborate with other businesses to successfully win larger contracts. Build capacity through collaborative relationships to meet the needs of corporations.

Seats are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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B2B Connect Events

NMSDC National and Local Corporate Member buyers, category managers and procurement representatives meet with NMSDC-certified suppliers.

Meetings are pre-scheduled based on members’ needs for goods and services, and capable suppliers.

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MBE Opportunity Accelerator

The National MBE Input Committee invites you to attend its General Body Meeting. Presenters will share corporate opportunities, growth opportunities, and relationship/networking opportunities.

Don’t miss this occasion to connect, develop, and grow!

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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 Chicago, Illinois, 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!

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McCormick Place is headquarters for the 2016 NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange. The Business Opportunity Exchange, meal functions and all program sessions will be held at the
Lakeside Center (East Building).

Please refer to the Conference-at-a-Glance for more details.


Our 2016 Sponsors

2016 NMSDC Conference & Business Opportunity Exchange

Our 2016 Supporters