Event Details


Governor's Conference on Diverse Business Development

October 23-24, 2019

Potawatomi Hotel & Conference Center
1721 W. Canal St.


MORNING • Wednesday, Oct. 23

The Contracting Academy Logo

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Contracting Academy is a learning opportunity for businesses to grow their technical knowledge of contracting with the State of Wisconsin, federal government and government prime contracts. This series of workshops will benefit established businesses looking to grow and development their government sales and focus on three areas:

  • Government construction contracting
  • Selling goods and services to the government
  • Federal manufacturing and technology

The Contracting Academy will be held at Potawatomi Hotel & Convention Center.

This event is co-hosted by Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and Wisconsin Procurement Institute. Separate registration is required.

AFTERNOON • Wednesday, Oct. 23

Economic Opportunity Sessions

A series of presentations and panels on upcoming major public and private projects as well as topic relevant to small businesses

1:30 p.m.
Registration and networking

2:00 p.m.
Welcome and introductions

2:20 p.m.
Presentation: Wisconsin 2018 Supplier Diversity Annual Report

2:35 p.m.
Presentation: U.S. Small Business Administration – Wisconsin Region Report

2:50 p.m.
Upcoming opportunities:

  • 2020 Democratic National Convention
  • Wisconsin Center
  • Komatsu HQ
  • Other programs

4:40 p.m.
Panel: Cybersecurity awareness

5:20 p.m.
Wisconsin Supplier Network, an online directory to connect suppliers and service providers to new business opportunities

EVENING • Wednesday, Oct. 23

38th Annual MARKETPLACE Reception

5:30 p.m.
Reception registration and networking; refreshments available

6:00 p.m.
Reception begins with remarks from sponsors and Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes (invited), Hall of Fame recognition, awards, including:

  • Community Development Awards
  • Minority-Owned State Contractor Awards (DOA)
  • 8(a) Graduate of the Year and Minority Business Champion Awards (SBA)
  • 25th Anniversary Business Recognition

7:30 p.m.

8:00 p.m.
Reception adjourns

Thursday, Oct. 24

Governor’s Awards Breakfast

7:30 a.m.
Registration opens

8:00 a.m.
Remarks by Keystone Sponsor, U.S. Bank

8:15 a.m.
Remarks by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (invited)

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Presentation of:

  • Minority-Owned Business Awards
  • Women-Owned Business Awards
  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Awards

9:15 a.m.
Breakfast adjourns

Expo Hall

9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Exhibits open; one-on-one buyer meetings

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

12:15 p.m.
Sponsor remarks

12:30 p.m.
Contracting & Procurement Panel

1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Expo hall and one-on-one buyer meetings resume

4:00 p.m.
Conference adjourns

Hotel Accommodations

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
1611 West Canal St., Milwaukee
Reservations: 844-217-4100
Hotel website

Please note that you are responsible for making your own room reservation at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino.

Group rate code: MAR10222019