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Small & Diverse Business Certification Training

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Music City Center

201 Rep. John Lewis Way South

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Nashville, TN 37203

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Please join BELL & Business Resource Group to learn how you can leverage your status as a small or diverse entity to gain more business.

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Are you a small or diverse business owner? Great!

Next question... Are you certified?

Did you know that many contracts have a built-in component requiring a certain percentage of participation by small or diverse business? Larger companies that don't meet these thresholds need companies like yours to meet these goals. That means there may be segments of work with less (or no) competition just waiting for you to submit a bid!

From several conversations with small and diverse business owners, we found that many of them:

  • Don't know the certifications or programs exist.
  • Think their status as a small [insert designation]-owned business alone is counted towards required participation for government work (and don't know and actual certification must be obtained first)
  • Are intimidated by the certification process because they think don't have the personnel resources or the time to gather the required information.
  • Are reluctant to submit their application for fear of being denied if something is omitted.
  • Are certified by one agency, but aren't aware that they can also get reciprocity by registering with other agencies that accept that certification.

Do any of these sound like the thoughts running through your mind?

If so, please join BELL Construction and Business Resource Group, LLC to learn how you can leverage your status as a small or diverse entity to gain more business.

Topics include:

  • The benefits of becoming certified with real examples of success stories
  • How to do business with larger companies, specifically covering BELL's prequalification and bid process
  • How BELL works with and assists small and diverse businesses
  • An overview of the various types of certifications and a summary of the certification process for certifying for each participating organization/agency
  • An explanation of the reciprocity offered across various entities so you can leverage your certification even further

We'll follow the presentation with a panel discussion and Q&A where you can ask questions specific to your business.

Furthering our commitment to encouraging and fostering diversity and equal opportunity in the construction industry, a portion of our ticket sales will be donated to the TSMSDC EDUCATION FOUNDATION.


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Carol L. Greenlee began her professional service in the field of Diversity Business Development in 1986 as the Special Assistant to the Mayor & Liaison Officer for Affirmative Action (Nashville). She then became Small & Minority Business Liaison Officer with the Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County. She progressed on to Memphis for a position as President/CEO of the Mid South Minority Business Council. Her track record led her to serve as Senior Vice President/Director of the Memphis 2005 Economic Development Strategic Plan for the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce.

In 2001, after working with a prominent Community Development Corporation, Carol founded Business Resource Group, LLC to put her expertise to work for other small and diverse businesses. In this capacity, Carol assists with their needs as related to business opportunities and partnering with government agencies, corporations, and prime contractors. She also assists prime contractors with their small and diverse business enterprise program development/implementation, participation monitoring to ensure compliance with set goals, reporting, procurement opportunity marketing, bid solicitation, and much more.

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Kebbyn Connell has 14 years of experience with the Business Diversity Development Department at the Nashville International Airport (BNA), handling certification of small/diverse businesses and ensuring compliance with requirements for contracts with the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority.

She attended Tennessee State University for courses in Social Work, completed the American Contract Compliance Association program to become a Master Compliance Administrator (MCA), and is certified as through the Contract Compliance Association. Kebbyn's passion for connecting business owners, families, and individuals to help them explore and achieve their dreams extends outside of her profession to her work as a board member for Dominion Financial Management Group and an advisory board member for Habitat For Humanity of Greater Nashville.


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Jessica Starling is a Nashville native who graduated from Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Management and master’s degree from Bethel University in Conflict Resolution. Throughout her career, she has served in various leadership roles that have allowed her to interact and work closely with private corporations, entrepreneurs, and community leaders to establish policies and process improvement initiatives.

Jessica was recently named as the Procurement Program Director for the Governor’s Office of Diversity Business Enterprise (Go-DBE). She is an experienced and dedicated procurement professional devoted to helping diversity businesses find needed resources and solutions to attain their definition of success. She is committed to building relationships and developing opportunities for diversity business enterprises that will expand economic opportunities and assist with their growth and development.


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Derrick Dowell has 17 years of experience working alongside the executive team of the TriState Minority Supplier Development Council (TSMSDC). Derrick’s focus is certification and he is primarily responsible for MBE services, including managing the certification process, educating potential suppliers and corporate relations on the value and benefits of supplier diversity. Derrick currently serves on the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Certification Task Force Committee, which is responsible for giving input to the evaluation and execution of the policies and guidelines for certification, to which all regional affiliate councils adhere and implement.

Prior to joining the council, Derrick spent 18 years in undergraduate admissions at Fisk University, and seven years as the associate director of admissions at the Vanderbilt University Law School. Derrick holds a bachelor of science in business management from Fisk University, and a master’s degree in education from Trevecca Nazarene University.

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