DAY 1: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Growth Industries Workshop

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Are you in a growth industry? This workshop is designed to give companies insight into how to expand in today’s high-growth sectors. A panel of experts and companies doing business in growing industries will cover the trends and opportunities.

The Future of Work and Performance in a Virtual Environment

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Work and performance are being disrupted by the gig economy, robotics and artificial intelligence. Recruiting the most skilled talent is critical for business growth. At this engaging workshop, you will learn about the future of work, as well as strategies to retain the best employees and encourage them to grow with your company in today’s competitive job market.

Youth Entrepreneur Workshop

High School Students

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

9:00 AM – 11:45 AM

CRAMS Consulting will facilitate a youth workshop focused on leadership, careers and business. Participating students will hear from and engage with successful minority business owners. The Youth Entrepreneurs Workshop is designed to excite and expose students to the world of entrepreneurship and prepare them for bright futures in their chosen paths. This session is specifically for high school students.

A Roadmap to Your Business Success in 100 Days

Wednesday, November 10, 2020

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

An interactive workshop focused on what a company needs to do to strengthen operations, sales and marketing. Participants will receive a copy of the small business checkup.

Doing Business with Government, The Biggest Buyer in the World

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Discover potential opportunities for your business in the trillion-dollar government sector. This workshop will identify contracting opportunities and provide tips to successfully do business with federal, state and local governments.

The Supplier Diversity Roundtable (Corporate Only)

Best Practice Deep Dive: Establish Tracking, Reporting, and Goal-Setting Mechanisms

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The FSMSDC Supplier Diversity Roundtable meets regularly to discuss best practices in supplier diversity, professional development for diversity professionals and trends in supplier diversity. At this roundtable meeting, large buying organizations will have an opportunity to meet with peers to share insights on supplier diversity.

A View From the Top: Chief Procurement Officers Share Insights

Wednesday, November 18 2020

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Chief Procurement Officers responsible for billions of dollars in procurement will share their views on the current global business environment and supply chain trends. The panel will share information on how to identify opportunities and how to compete and win the BIG contracts.

See. Learn. Do. Sessions

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

  • Yoga & Dance
  • Using and Updating Your LinkedIn Profile to Win Customers with Donald Kelly
  • Explore the Video Lounge

MasterClass

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Hear from savvy and accomplished business leaders in the MasterClass, which is designed to be an intimate setting for MBEs to be inspired by the “Best of the Best” in business. This is an unprecedented opportunity to hear the secrets of the speakers’ business successes. Attendees will learn about strategies to remain competitive and how to have long-term success, as well as gain insights into what it takes to stay at the top.                                                              

CEO Forum

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Hear from leading CEOs who are running innovative, high-performing and unique minority businesses. They will share tips on leveraging talent to accelerate innovation, increase revenue and improve customer service. The presenters will share lessons learned and provide insights on how they have built transformative multimillion-dollar companies and closed the big deals.

Partnership Reception & Virtual Networking

Mix and Mingle

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

The reception is the post-trade fair wrap-up that brings together attendees for a high energy,  memorable, networking reception. Attendees will meet the exhibitors and talk to corporate buyers, plus relax and mingle with speakers, sponsors and other special guests.

DAY 2: Thursday, November 19, 2020

Motivational Keynote Speaker

Thursday, November 19, 2020

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

The Business Expo Luncheon is a memorable event known for its inspirational keynote speakers. Get proven strategies to sharpen your business skills, ignite your motivation, increase your effectiveness and multiply your income! A primary component for success is motivation!

Youth Entrepreneur Workshop

High School Students

Thursday, November 19, 2020

9:00 AM – 11:45 AM

CRAMS Consulting will facilitate a youth workshop focused on leadership, careers and business. Participating students will hear from and engage with successful minority business owners. The Youth Entrepreneurs Workshop is designed to excite and expose students to the world of entrepreneurship and prepare them for bright futures in their chosen paths. This session is specifically for high school students.

Construction Workshop

Quality Connections. Ready. Set. Grow!

Thursday, November 19, 2020

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Billions of dollars of private and public sector project opportunities are available in Florida. Learn about how to do business on large-scale projects and meet the key players behind some of these projects. Also, industry leaders will discuss how to ensure diversity across public and private sector projects.

Procurement Ready Boot Camp

Thursday, November 19, 2020

9:00 AM – 10:45 AM                          Part 1: Writing the Winning Proposal

What are the steps to writing a winning proposal? Learn how to craft a compelling proposal that differentiates your response from the competition’s and win each time. Participants will receive a checklist for proposal submission.

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM                        Part 2: Where to Find Billions in Business Opportunities

Learn the tools and strategies to find billions in business opportunities in both the private and public sectors. Also, in this session you will receive information on where to find contract opportunities before they are advertised, who currently has the contracts and how to get copies of previous proposals.

Supplier Diversity Workshop (Corporate Only)

Best Practice Deep Dive: Develop a Corporate Minority Supplier Development Plan

Thursday, November 19, 2020

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Companies are often at a loss when it comes to measuring the effectiveness of their Supplier Diversity Programs. This workshop will focus on how to analyze the status of your program and will provide strategies and best practices to improve supplier diversity initiatives.

How to Make Millions Online

Thursday, November 19, 2020

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

E-commerce is predicted to be the world’s largest retail channel in two years. The internet has changed how businesses deliver products and services. Are you e-commerce ready? At this interactive session, you will learn how to effectively sell your products and services on the web to make millions.

See. Learn. Do. Sessions

Thursday, November 19, 2020

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

  • Cooking Delicious & Quick Meals with Chef Sheron Chin
  • Makeup & Fashion for the Virtual World with Rory Lee
  • Explore the Video Lounge

B2B Trade Fair

Business to Business​

Thursday, November 19, 2020

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

The Business Expo is the largest minority business event in Florida. As the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council’s premier annual event, it draws business leaders from across Florida and the nation. The Business Expo brings together a unique cross-section of minority entrepreneurs, large corporations and government agencies to create new relationships, ventures and opportunities for growth.

Loan-A-Thon

Grow Your Business

Thursday, November 19, 2020

1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Meet with bankers and alternative lenders at the Loan-A-Thon. Bring your paperwork and get financing on the spot if you qualify. Whether you need a microloan or a multi-million-dollar loan, this is the chance to sit with traditional and non-traditional lenders to get the financing you need to grow your business.

To participate in the Loan-A-Thon on Thursday, April 16th, the minimum purchase is a trade fair ticket.

One-on-One Appointments with Buyers

Thursday, November 19, 2020

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Schedule your one-on-one appointment, as many contracts have been signed and relationships developed as a result of these appointments. This opportunity allows you to meet a unique cross-section of business leaders from across Florida and the nation. Corporate and government exhibitors find these appointments to be a wonderful way to meet new suppliers. Additionally, MBEs rate the interaction during the appointments as very effective for connecting directly with buyers and other end users.

Free Business Consultations

Thursday, November 19, 2020

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

There will be subject matter experts within the Trade Fair who will provide free coaching sessions in areas such as marketing and social media, HR, Total Quality Management, IT, sales strategies and financing.