NATIONAL MINORITY SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL HOLDS CONFERENCE AND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY EXCHANGE

NATIONAL MINORITY SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL HOLDS CONFERENCE AND BUSINESS
OPPORTUNITY EXCHANGE

MICHIGAN IS HOST CITY FOR ANNUAL GATHERING, OCT. 22-25, 2017; EVENT IS
NATION’S LARGEST FORUM IN SUPPORT OF SUPPLIER DIVERSITY

New York, NY, Oct. 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

The 2017 National Minority Supplier Development Council Conference and
Business Opportunity Exchange will be held at the Cobo Center in Detroit,
Michigan, Oct. 22-25. This annual event (www.nmsdcconference.com) 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 top multinational companies – as well as leading Asian,
Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners and international
organizations – will convene to re-energize their collective efforts to
develop and advocate for more vigorous participation by minority-owned firms
in global corporate supply chains.

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The theme of this year’s NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange is
“Minority Supplier Development: Fueling Economic Growth.” During the event,
more than 20 learning sessions and interactive workshops will engage attendees
with details of the latest commercial advances, as well as strategies and
techniques to prepare for economic developments in the coming years.

Opportunities on Saturday, Oct. 21 include certification preparations, an
International Day, committee meetings for Minority Business Enterprises
(MBEs), which offer strategic advice on customer relations, business
management, and establishing collaborative relationships with other companies.
On Monday, Oct. 23, there is a one-day Business Opportunity Exchange with more
than 700 exhibit booths and opportunities for establishing
business-to-business ties. Networking scenarios abound with 30 workshops and
plenary sessions, as well as NMSDC Matchmakers on Tuesday and Wednesday for
corporate members and certified MBEs.

The Conference concludes on October 25, with a black-tie Awards Banquet and
Reception honoring: NMSDC Corporation of the Year, Corporate Innovation,
Corporate Excellence in Access to Capital, and Supplier of the Year, and
Regional Council of the Year.

According to Joe Hinrichs, NMSDC Chair, who also is President, Global
Operations at Ford Motor Company, “The 2017 Conference and Business
Opportunity Exchange will focus on propelling economic growth for corporate
executives and minority business owners to take advantage of opportunities for
commerce presented in the future. As the U.S. nears the point where minorities
comprise greater than 50 percent of the population, the need for strong
minority-owned businesses in national and global supply chains will be vital
to the health of our growing economy.”

The economic impact generated by the Conference itself is considerable: $7.5
million total, including an estimate of more than $1 million in state and
local taxes and 1,400+ jobs supported. A survey of last year’s Conference
attendees show that 73 percent of the more than 6,000 attendees spent more
than $1,000 each in the Conference city.

Conference co-chairs are: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, General Motors,
Toyota, ACRO Service Corporation, Ampcus and Kyyba. There are more than 60
corporate and MBE sponsors. DiversityComm is the NMSDC’s media partner for the
event. For a complete list of companies supporting the Conference, please
visit www.nmsdcconference.com and scroll to the bottom.

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About NMSDC

The NMSDC advances business opportunities for certified minority business
enterprises (MBEs) and connects them to corporate members. One of the
country's leading corporate membership organizations, NMSDC was chartered in
1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority
businesses of all sizes. The NMSDC Network includes a National Office in New
York and 23 affiliate regional councils across the country. The network also
includes five international partner organizations located in the United
Kingdom, Canada, Australia, China and South Africa.

To meet the growing need for supplier diversity, NMSDC matches its nearly
12,000 certified minority-owned businesses to our network of more than 1,400
corporate members who wish to purchase their products, services and solutions.
NMSDC, a unique and specialized player in the field of minority business
enterprise, is proud of its unwavering commitment to advance Asian, Black,
Hispanic and Native American suppliers in a globalized corporate supply chain.
For more information, visit www.NMSDC.org.

 

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Teena Touch
National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.
212-944-2430 x127
Teena.Touch@nmsdc.org
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