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2016 Partners for Profit Business-to-Business Symposium & Buyers Forum

Wisconsin Diversity Procurement Network

Monday, August 1, 2016 from 8:20 AM to 8:21 AM (CDT)

Registration Information

Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Buyers Forum Participant (Diverse Business) Pre-registration
Includes Award Ceremony ticket and 1 Buyers Forum ticket
Ended $20.00 $0.00
Buyers Forum Participant (Corporate/Prime Contractor)
Includes 1 Forum table, Award Ceremony tickets
Ended $500.00 $0.00
Buyers Forum Participant (Government)
Includes 1 Forum table, Award Ceremony tickets
Ended $250.00 $0.00
Buyers Forum Participant (Nonprofit)
Includes 1 Forum table, Award Ceremony tickets
Ended $200.00 $0.00
Advertising: Full Page Ended $500.00 $0.00
Advertising: Half Page Ended $250.00 $0.00

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Event Details

As an activity of the Wisconsin Diversity Procurement Network (WDPN), the Partners for Profit Business-to-Business Symposium is a networking activity designed to create new markets for diverse-owned businesses and new sources for institutional buyers.

The desired outcome of the 2016 Partners for Profit Business-to-Business Symposium is to provide buyers and procurement decision makers the opportunity to identify new competitive sources of services and supplies, and allow diverse business owners/representatives a positive environment to market their capabilities and capacities to major corporations, nonprofits and government agencies in a relaxed, personable setting - in one location - in one day.

Keynote Speaker

The Keynote Speaker will be Joe Parisi, Dane County Executive. Joe Parisi has called Dane County home his entire life. Joe sought out public service as a way to give back to a community that has given so much to him. Joe was first elected as County Executive, the chief elected leader of Dane County, in 2011 after 6 years in the State Assembly and 8 years as Dane County Clerk. Joe has served in numerous volunteer roles including President of the Board of Directors, and as a volunteer tutor, at Operation Fresh Start - a program working with at-risk youth and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Goodman Community Center.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

7:00 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Award Ceremony
- Break -
9:30 a.m. Kids College
9:30 a.m. Buyers Forum*
11:30 a.m. Conclusion

*Buyers Forum Information

The purpose of this event is to substantially match current purchasing needs with qualified Diverse-owned Companies. The following outline details the format for this event.

  1. By 9 September 2016, each registered corporation, nonprofit and government buying organization is requested to submit a list of commodities/services that they plan to purchase within the next 6 to 12 months.
  2. In response to the provided list of commodities/services, the WDPN staff will compile a list of diverse businesses that could meet the buying organization's needs. After thoroughly reviewing each participating business and determining if the business is a match, diverse businesses will be scheduled to participate in the 15 September Forum.
  3. At the Forum, each buying organization/designated buyers will be assigned to an engagement table to meet with a preselected group of up to 3-4 different diverse businesses for a 25-minute interval.
  4. The buying representative will initiate the discussion by sharing his/her company's procurement focus and the "rules of engagement" for his/her respective procurement process for approximately 5-8 minutes.
  5. After the remarks from the buying representative, each diverse business owner/representative will have approximately 4-5 minutes to discuss his/her business' capabilities, capacities and value proposition. NOTE: Due to the targeted nature of this event, it is appropriate that Buyers as well as Supplier Diversity professionals participate, if possible.
  6. After 25 minutes, the diverse-business participants will rotate to the next scheduled engagement table. Each corporate/government/nonprofit engagement table will have approximately 4, 25-minute sessions throughout the Forum. This format should afford the opportunity for buying organizations to engage a host of potential suppliers and exchange information for future discussions.

*Diverse Business Owners and Representatives will only be matched with buying groups that specify a need for their goods or services.

Event Refund Policy

Registration fees are nonrefundable fourteen (14) days prior to the start of the event.

Have questions about 2016 Partners for Profit Business-to-Business Symposium & Buyers Forum? Contact Wisconsin Diversity Procurement Network

When & Where

Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison, WI 53713

Monday, August 1, 2016 from 8:20 AM to 8:21 AM (CDT)

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Wisconsin Diversity Procurement Network

The Wisconsin Diversity Procurement Network was created to address the provision of critical resources that foster the growth of diverse businesses.

Activities and programs of the Wisconsin Diversity Procurement Network are designed to bring buyers and sellers together to focus on needs and opportunities and share information.

The WDPN distributes its collective knowledge through monthly newsletters, meetings, ongoing membership mailings and activities. It is the hope of the Network that the partnership with institutional buyers and diverse business members will result in the achievement of mutually beneficial objectives and outcomes.

Network leadership is provided by President, Floyd Rose, Ph.D.

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