Event Details


Governor's Conference on Diverse Business Development

December 8-9, 2021


Wednesday, December 8

8:30 a.m. – Registration and Networking
Get an early start to connect with other attendees during registration
9:00 a.m. – The Contracting Academy (TCA) – Multiple Tracks
Growing your technical knowledge in contracting with federal, state and local governments and their supply chains
  • Construction
  • Goods and services
  • Manufacturing
  • Innovation and technology
Noon – Lunch (on your own)
Lunch (on your own)
2:00 p.m. – Economic Opportunity Sessions
  • Annual Wisconsin supplier diversity and U.S. Small Business Administration small business reports
  • Ethnic & Diverse Business Coalition Report
  • Accessing current public and private contracting opportunities and projects
  • Future Wisconsin projects and initiatives
5:00 p.m. – Registration and Networking Reception
5:30 p.m. – Program Begins
  • Welcome by sponsors
  • Remarks by Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes (Invited)
  • Awards recognition
    • Business and Community Development Awards (WEDC)
    • Diversely Owned Businesses Recognition (DOA)
    • 8(a) Graduate of the Year and Minority Business Champion Awards (SBA)
    • Community Awards
    • 25th anniversary celebration
    • Networking

Thursday, December 9

7:00 a.m. – Registration
Opportunity for networking to make connections with businesses, lenders, government agencies and business resource providers.
7:30 a.m. – MARKETPLACE Governor’s Awards Breakfast
  • Governor Tony Evers (invited)
  • Remarks by sponsors
  • Business Excellence Awards
  • Minority-Owned Business Awards
  • Woman-Owned Business Awards
  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Awards
9:00 a.m. – Expo Hall Opens
  • Buyer meetings – one-on-one matchmaking meetings with federal, state, local and corporate buyers
  • Exhibitors – including corporate, small businesses, lenders, business resources, professional services and government agencies
  • Business networking lounge – centrally located within the expo hall
Noon – MARKETPLACE Business Luncheon
  • Keynote speaker / business panel – TBD
  • WEDC Vice President of Business and Community Development
1:30 p.m. – Expo Hall Reopens for Exhibitors and Buyers Meetings