Minority Enterprise Development Conference
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 7:00 AM - Friday, October 4, 2013 at 5:00 PM (PDT)
The 2013 Tampa Bay Minority Enterprise Development Conference "Growing to the next Level" Using your Business GPS for Success" will focus on how businesses can navigate through the maze of surviving and sustaining in todays economy. The purpose of the conference is to enhance business opportunities while strategically developing the necessary tools for business growth.
Calendar of Events
Tuesday, October 1st
7:30 AM Registration Opens
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM CEO Roundtable - Panel Discussion - "Growing to the next Level." How do you get there". Presenters: Julius Davis - VoltAir Consulting Engineers, Pilar Bernd - The Bernd Group, George Wm. Tinsley, II - Tinsely Family Concessions dba Airport Concessions, Carlos Lemos - Ambient Technologies, Inc.
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Seminar - "Helping Others Identify Your Brand" - Presenter: Jennifer Whelihan, - SBDC @ Hillsborough
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch with a Purpose; Building Key Relationships" - Presenter: Simone Gans of GANS, GANS & Associates (This is an Intractive Networking Luncheon)
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Seminar - How to put yourself in a position to compete for the business. Presenter: Cynthia Jones Parks, CEO - Jones Worley
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Reception - Let's Connect "Growing your Community". Exhibit booth displaying various minority businesses and local Chamber of Commerce groups. For information on booth rental contact - Lynette Darrell 813-228-4623
Wednesday, October 2nd
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM cnFMSDC West Coast Chapter Meeting Host: TECO Energy, Inc.
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Seminar - GPS to Success. "Make it difficult for a lender to tell you NO" Presenters: Edgar Bermudez, Barbara Melvin - Wells Fargo & Charles Long - U.S. SBA
11:45 AM - 1:45 PM Lunch N Learn - Be proactive - Getting to know your favorite Uncle - "IRS - Uncle Sam" Presented by: Charles Young, Jr.,CPA, Young & Son Tax Advisors. Contact: Frances Wimberly - 813-379-8902
Thursday, October 3rd
8:00 AM - 11:45 AM Business Matchmaker Expo - Sponsored by TECO Energy, Inc. - Meet Industry Experts, Purchasing Agents, Supplier Diversity Professionals to discuss future business opportunities. Contact: Lynette Darrell 813-228-4623
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM Minority Enterprise Development Awards Luncheon - "Doing Business with Integrity and having business values" Guest Speaker: Oscar Horton - Owner & Operator Sun State International Trucks, LLC. - Come out and see who will win the Minority Business of the Year for Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk County and Who will win the "Advocacy Award for 2013". Will it be you or your business.... You don't want to miss out on this event......
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Business Matchmaker Expo (Resumes) - Sponsored by TECO Energy, Inc. - Meet Industry Experts, Purchasing Agents, Supplier Diversity Professionals to discuss future business opportunities. Contact: Lynette Darrell 813-228-4623
Friday, October 4th
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Minority Business Showcase Bus Tour - Sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank - Contact: Machelle Manor 813-225-4319
*Corporate Purchasing Agents/Buyers & Supplier Diversity Professionals Only*
Sheraton Tampa East Hotel - 10221 Princess Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL 33610
Room Rates: $99.00 per night
Reservation 800-325-3535 "Code - Minority Enterprise Development"
When & Where
Minority Enterprise Development Corporation Planning Committee
The mission of MED Corp is to insure the coordination and continued success of MED Conference activities in the Tampa Bay Area. The event includes a business matchmaker and trade show and seminars on topics such as establishing relationships with buyers, how to do business with government and the private sector and other valuable sustaining business topics.