DETROIT, May 7 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — America’s future position in the global economy relies on the growth and sustainability of minority businesses. That’s the message and focus of the Michigan Minority Business Development Council’s (MMBDC) 27th annual Michigan Minority Procurement Conference, May 12-14, Cobo Conference Center. This is the largest minority business enterprise (MBE) trade fair in the country, bringing together diverse suppliers and major corporations across several industry segments.
Themed “The Economic Turning Point Starts with Minority Businesses,” Monday, May 12 is registration and setup and Tuesday features professional development seminars with nationally renowned economic analysts, industry specific forums, and a global delegation from Nigeria, West Africa.
Wednesday’s schedule begins with an 8:45 a.m. ribbon-cutting to open the trade fair in Cobo’s Hall B (Oakland). Cutting the ribbon will be Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano; Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick; President/CEO of MMBDC Louis Green; Senior Vice-President of Takata Robert Fisher; and Group Vice President, GM Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, Bo Andersson. Michigan Lt. Gov. John Cherry has also been invited to the ribbon-cutting. The trade fair opens at 9 a.m.
From noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday is a Power Lunch with Leonard Greenhalgh, professor of management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where he has taught since 1978. He is also director of executive programs for minority- and women-owned businesses. Admission to the Power Lunch, sponsored by General Motors, is $25. For tickets, contact Lillian Lowery, MMBDC, (313) 873-3200, extension 116.
Greenhalgh will provide in-depth insight into the growing trends of U.S. demographics and the need for a diverse supply chain to sustain the United States’ economic status. “The success or failure of minority-owned businesses will increasingly drive the success or failure of the overall U.S. economy. It’s in our country’s best interest to stimulate entrepreneurship and economic self-sufficiency,” says Greenhalgh.
Greenhalgh is also one of the speakers for Tuesday’s professional development series. Other speakers are:
George Fraser — founder of FraserNet, Inc. 20 years ago with the vision to lead a global networking movement that brings together diverse human resources to increase opportunities for people of African descent. He is one of the foremost authorities on economic development, networking and building effective relationships. Fraser is author of three critically acclaimed books: Success Runs in Our Race: The Complete Guide to Effective Networking in the African American Community and Race for Success; The Ten Best Business Opportunities for Blacks in America and his most recent, CLICK: Ten Truths to Building Extraordinary Relationships. Fraser is also the publisher of the award-winning Success-Guide Worldwide: The Networking Guide to Black Resources.
Ron Rosenberg — a nationally recognized, award-winning expert on marketing and customer service and a winner of the prestigious “International Marketer of the Year” award at the GKIC International Marketing Summit. He has authored several books and learning systems. Over 15,000 people have subscribed to his “Tricks & Tales” newsletter. His expert commentary has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and in Smart Money and Real Simple magazines. He has been a guest on nationally syndicated radio shows including ABC Radio, Dateline Washington, and The Gary Nolan Show.
The MMPC is a collaborative effort between MMBDC, The State of Michigan, Wayne County, City of Detroit and WWJ 950 AM. Takata Corporation, a leading global supplier of automotive safety systems, is the official conference and trade fair sponsor. Other major sponsors include General Motors, Johnson Controls, Toyota and Chrysler. Complete two-day registration is $300 and includes admission for one to the opening session, participation in the professional development sessions, power lunch, trade fair and afterglow.
Founded in Detroit in 1977, the Michigan Minority Business Development Council has more than 1,300 certified minority businesses and over 400 corporate members working to further its mission to certify minority businesses; provide access to procurement opportunities; and develop capacity for minority business development.
The MMBDC was recently recognized by the National Minority Supplier Development Council as “2007 Council of the Year” for its work with major corporations to promote minority business development and growth. Visit the MMBDC’s Web site at http://www.mmbdc.com.