Event Details

MARKETPLACE WISCONSIN

Governor's Conference on Diverse Business Development

US Bank logo - Keystone Sponsor

December 8-10, 2020

Agenda

December 8

8:30 a.m.

Welcome – EMCEE, Elmer Moore, Executive Director, Scale Up Milwaukee

Introduction – Mary Gage, Vice President of Business and Community Development, WEDC

Keystone Sponsor– Steven SaLoutos, Executive Vice President and Midwest Regional Executive Consumer and Business Banking, U.S. Bank

8:45 a.m.

Tribute to Late Herb Miller, Sr. Manager of Supplier Diversity & Business Development, Michels Corporation

Tribute to Late Craig Anderson, Executive Director of American Indian Chamber of Commerce and First American Capital Corporation

8:50 a.m.
Missy Hughes – WEDC Secretary and CEO
Governor Tony Evers Remarks
9:00 a.m.
Awards Sponsor – Kira Lafond, Market President/Publisher, Milwaukee Business Journal
Governor’s Business Excellence Awards Ceremony
9:30 a.m.
Guest Speaker – Lafayette Crump, Commissioner of City Development, City of Milwaukee
10:15 a.m.

Four Steps to Grow Your Business Online Panel

Moderator: Jim Lee, Hmong Chamber
Panelists: Kim Swisher, Kim’s Communications; Genia Stevens, Belwah Media; Temo Xopin, Neuro Republica and Latino Life

10:45 a.m.
Demographic Report – Bob Pope, Research Analyst, WEDC
11:00 a.m.

How to Grow Your Business Panel-Using Capital Strategically

Moderator: Elmer Moore, Executive Director, Scale Up Milwaukee
Panelists: Darren Fisher, SPEARity; Lorry Rifikin, Clarity Management; Mel Toy, PyraxMax Bank

The Contracting Academy (Concurrent Workshops)
1:00 p.m
Selling to the State of Wisconsin – Goods and Services – the Basics
Contracting with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and their Primes
2:00 p.m.
Selling to the State of Wisconsin – Goods and Services – Past the Basics
Locating, securing and managing federal construction contracts and subcontracts
3:00 p.m.
Selling to the State of Wisconsin – Construction, A/E and Related Trades
Selling to the Federal Government and Federal Prime Contractors – Goods and Services

December 9

8:30 a.m.

Welcome – EMCEE, Elmer Moore, Executive Director, Scale Up Milwaukee

Introduction – Mary Gage, Vice President of Business and Community Development, WEDC

Keystone Sponsor– Mike Ward, Senior Vice President, U.S. Bank

8:45 a.m.
Sam Rikkers, WEDC Deputy Secretary and COO
Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes Remarks
9:00 a.m.
Community Awards Recognition, SBA and 25th Anniversary Awards
9:15 a.m.
Government Program & Contract Spend -Eric Ness, Wisconsin Director, US SBA
Tondra Davis, Supplier Diversity Director, Department of Administration
9:45 a.m.
Guest speakers – Joaquin Altoro, Chief Executive Officer, WHEDA and May yer Thao, Assistant Deputy Director, WHEDA
10:30 a.m.

Locating Financial & Technical Resources Panel

Moderator: Marjorie Rucker, Executive Director, The Business Council
Panelists: Ossie Kendrix, African American Chamber of Commerce Wisconsin and Ger Thao, Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce

11:15 a.m.

How to Diversify your Business in the Era of COVID

Moderator – DeShaun Robinson, Scale Up
Panelists Melanie Manual – Celesta Restaurant, Jaime Hurtado – Intec

10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Buyer/partner/sponsor meetings
The Contracting Academy (Concurrent Workshops)
2:00 p.m.
An Overview of Available Federal and State Small Business Certifications
Business Development and Marketing with a Government Customer – Advice from the Experts
3:00 p.m.
Building Your Capacity, Capability and Compliance in the Federal Marketplace
Working with the Government – A Panel Discussion
December 10
9:00 a.m.
Keystone Sponsor – Steven SaLoutos, Executive Vice President,U.S. Bank
Opening Remarks by Missy Hughes, WEDC Secretary and CEO

Expanding Wisconsin’s Diverse Supply Chain Panel

Moderator: Heather Olson, President & CEO, North Central Minority Supplier Development Council
Panelists: Daryl Hodnett, System Director-Supplier and Business Diversity & Inclusion, The Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Advocate Aurora Health, Chris Layden, Senior Vice President, Manpower North America
Reginald K. Layton, Vice President, Supplier Diversity & Supply Chain Sustainability, Johnson Controls;
Tom D. Lutz, Chief Procurement Officer, Senior Vice President, U.S. Bank

10:30 a.m.

Wisconsin Tribal Enterprises & Business Development Corporations – New Markets & Business Development Resources

Bill Beson & Gary Mejchar, First American Capital Corporation

11:15 a.m.
Marketing & Advertising to a Business is just like Air, Food and Water for us to Survive- Katherine Ramirez, adBidtise & #SocialBuzz
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Buyer/partner/sponsor meetings
The Contracting Academy
2:00 p.m.
What it Takes to Win – Preparing Government Quotes, Bids, Proposals
GSA Schedule Contracts – Should you have one, how to get one and how to use it
3:30 p.m.

Closing Session – Robert Lamb, Vice President, U.S. Bank

WEDC and Partners – Resource list

2020 Sponsors