Governor's Conference on Diverse Business Development
October 23-24, 2019
Potawatomi Hotel & Conference Center
1721 W. Canal St.
MORNING • Wednesday, Oct. 23
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
Registration and networking
Welcome and introductions
Presentation: Wisconsin 2018 Supplier Diversity Annual Report
Presentation: U.S. Small Business Administration – Wisconsin Region Report
- 2020 Democratic National Convention
- Wisconsin Center
- Komatsu HQ
- Other programs
Panel: Cybersecurity awareness
Wisconsin Supplier Network, an online directory to connect suppliers and service providers to new business opportunities
EVENING • Wednesday, Oct. 23
38th Annual MARKETPLACE Reception
Reception registration and networking; refreshments available
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
Thursday, Oct. 24
Governor’s Awards Breakfast
Remarks by Keystone Sponsor, U.S. Bank
Remarks by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (invited)
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
- Minority-Owned Business Awards
- Women-Owned Business Awards
- Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Awards
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Exhibits open; one-on-one buyer meetings
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Contracting & Procurement Panel
1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Expo hall and one-on-one buyer meetings resume
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
1611 West Canal St., Milwaukee
Please note that you are responsible for making your own room reservation at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino.
Group rate code: MAR10222019