FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Beatrice Louissaint
Lieutenant Governor Candidate to Address Matchmaker & Procurement Summit
Featuring Leaders in Procurement & Supplier Diversity
Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council Signature Event is October 5 in Orlando
Orlando, FL. — October 3, 2018 — The Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) will host the Business Opportunity Matchmaker & Procurement Summit on Friday, October 5, 2018, at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek in Orlando. This signature event brings together a cross-section of minority entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 corporations and government agencies, all focused on creating business opportunities for minority-owned businesses.
“The workshop, matchmaking sessions and networking are designed to ensure minority businesses at all stages of development can showcase their products and services to buyers and gain insights on how to grow a business,” said Beatrice Louissaint, President and CEO of the FSMSDC.
Minority businesses, large corporations and government buying agencies that are looking to identify minority businesses with capacity will come together at the Matchmaker & Procurement Summit to network, learn best practices and explore procurement trends. For minority businesses, the day will include one-on-one appointments with buyers to showcase their products and services. The evening will end with a networking reception where attendees can relax and mingle with prospective buyers.
The day will also include remarks from Chris King, Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Florida for the Andrew Gillum campaign. King will discuss economic development in the state of Florida and Gillum’s plan for the inclusion of minority-owned businesses. Additionally, attendees will benefit from the Chief Procurement Officer Panel, during which Florida supply chain leaders will discuss purchasing trends. Panelists will include Hari Nagabhirava of Wyndham Destinations and Valentin Onescu of CHEP, a Brambles company. Moderating the panel will be Marisol Romany, Director of Diversity and Minority Business Development for Orlando Health.
Sponsors of the 2018 Summit include Wyndham Destinations, The Walt Disney Company, Office Depot, Duke Energy, JM Family Enterprises, Jackson Health System and Florida Power and Light Company.
The Matchmaker & Procurement Summit will be held on October 5 at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, 14651 Chelonia Parkway, Orlando, Florida 32821, from 1:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. To register and for more information, visit www.FloridaBusinessMatchmaker.com or call (407) 251-7021 or (305) 762-6151 or visit the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council’s website at fsmsdc.org.
The Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing access and growth for minority businesses in Florida. The organization’s goal is to increase purchasing from minority businesses by government entities and corporations, while increasing the operating capacity of minority businesses through hands-on business assistance, training and access to technology and capital resources. Founded in 1975 in southern Florida (formerly named the Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council) and expanded to cover all of Florida in 2017, the FSMSDC is one of 23 regional councils affiliated with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). The FSMSDC acts as a liaison between corporate America and certified Minority Business Enterprises in the state of Florida.