Florida Regional Minority Business Council to Host 18th Annual Business Expo June...

Florida Regional Minority Business Council to Host 18th Annual Business Expo June 18-19, 2003


Miami, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 4, 2003–The Florida Regional Minority Business Council (FRMBC) will hold its 18th Annual Business Expo from Wednesday, June 18th and Thursday, June 19, 2003, at the Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale.

The event offers an ideal opportunity for minority entrepreneurs to present their goods and services to purchasing agents from Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. Companies and government agencies participating in the 2003 Expo include: Office Depot, Burger King, Knight Ridder/Miami Herald, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, BellSouth, Florida Power & Light, United Parcel Service, Macy’s, Florida Manufacturing Extension Partnership, JM Family Enterprises, Cardinal Healthcare, SunTrust Bank, State of Florida, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Memorial Healthcare and many more.

Expo workshops expose attendees to the success of multi-million dollar companies, secrets to creating winning strategies and the power of innovation as experienced by minority vendors. The Youth Entrepreneurship Workshop introduces high school students to business ownership and awards college scholarships to deserving attendees. Several workshops will be offered on Thursday and Friday, among them: The Secrets of My Success, Strategy Development and Execution, Hard Hat Workshop, The Power of Innovation, The Effective Supplier Diversity Program, and A View From the Top: CEOs Share Their Insights.

“This is the only event that brings South Florida’s Hispanic, African-American, Asian and Native American business owners together in one place,” said Beatrice Louissaint, President and CEO of the FRMBC. Shari Francis, the chair of this year’s Expo and the Manager of Vendor Diversity for Office Depot states, “the goal of this event is to bring buyers and minority businesses face-to-face to make deals happen.”

This year’s Expo theme is Winning Strategies for Successful Business Partnerships. On Wednesday, June 18th, Cinda Hollman, President of Spherion Corporation and David Shula, President of Shula’s Steakhouse, will participate in a keynote session called “A View From the Top”. These top corporate leaders will address the audience on the issues and challenges faced by corporations in a diverse and complex global economy.

The 2003 Business Expo is open to the public. Admission to the workshops on Wednesday, June 18th is $25 each, and the welcome reception is $35. The Business Expo and luncheon will be held Friday, June 19th. The costs are $30 and $35 respectively.

About the FRMBC

FRMBC is a non-profit organization founded in 1975 and is one of 40 Regional Councils affiliated with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). The Council serves as a liaison between Corporate America and Minority Business Enterprises in Dade, Broward, Monroe and Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Collier and Martin Counties.

For additional information about the 2003 Business Expo, please contact the FRMBC at 305 260-9901 or email frmbc@frmbc.org.



Beatrice Louissaint

(305) 260-9901

Florida Regional Minority Business Council to Host 18th Annual Business Expo June 18-19, 2003