Event Details


Governor's Conference on Diverse Business Development

October 23-24, 2019

Potawatomi Hotel & Conference Center
1721 W. Canal St.


Wednesday, Oct. 23

The Contracting Academy

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.*
The Contracting Academy is for companies that wish to expand their involvement in state and federal contracting opportunities

*The Contracting Academy is led by the Wisconsin Procurement Institute and not included in MARKETPLACE registration.


1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
A series of presentations and panels on public and private contract opportunities (building and infrastructure, services, major projects)

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 Gov. 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.
Small business owners share their stories of success

1:15 – 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. 

Use group code MAR10222019

All reservations must be made by Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 to receive the group rate of $109. A limited number of rooms are available, so make your reservation early.