Guess Who's Coming?
Business Opportunity Fair Registration

As you make plans to attend this year's Business Opportunity Fair we thought you might like to know which companies have registered so far .  Please note that this list is updated daily.

Hotel and Registration Information
If you have not made your hotel reservations you MUST do so ASAP.  There are other events going on in the city and hotel rooms are filling up fast!  The deadline to receive the BOF room discount rate has passed but you can still make reservations IF YOU HURRY however you will have to pay the regular rate. Click on hotel links below.

Cummins 2013

Conversation with Cummins - Part Two
April 9, 8-9:30 a.m.
Attend this informative workshop as Cummins and Wilhelm share information on building the new Cummins Distribution Headquarters in downtown Indianapolis.  You'll receive an overview of the project and what it means to Indianapolis and to Cummins as well as an overview of the contract opportunities associated with the project .
F.A. Wilhelm 


Tier Two Success
April 9, 9:45-11:15 a.m.
Join Citizens Energy Group representatives as they share best management practices from their Tier Two program and give the inside scoop on how they aligned their internal team for success. CEG will also share performance results from the long-range master facilities plan.  The target audience for this workshop is corporations interested in developing successful Tier Two programs and MBEs interested in learning about the expectations CEG sets for its prime contractors.
Running A Business in the Digital Age:Creating An Effective Marketing Communications Plan for Your Company in the 21st Century
April 9, 8-9:30 a.m.

97% of consumers use the Internet to research before buying.  Before thinking about website design, hosting, content and social media platforms you need a marketing - communications plan. We will guide you through creating a plan that will educate, inform, increase credibility and boost visibility.


Mid-States MSDC Website Note
Corporate members and MBEs - we apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced when visiting our website.  The problem should be fixed.  If you get an error message when visiting the site, simply refresh your web browser.
Annual Meeting
April 8,  4-6 p.m.
Join the Mid-States MSDC Board of Directors, staff and
stakeholders as we share highlights from 2014, recognize MBEs and corporate members, elect our new board of directors and give you a peek into 2015 and beyond. Attendees will also receive a copy of the 2014 Mid-States MSDC Annual Report.

Scott Vowels, PhD.
Apple, Inc., Supplier Diversity and Institute for Thought Diversity
April 9, 9:45-11:15 a.m.
The Economics of Supplier Diversity discussion, led by Scott Vowels, PhD., includes the presentation of the 2014 Economic Impact Report:The Effects of NMSDC Certified Minority Business Enterprises on the U.S. Economy.  This is a great workshop for supplier diversity professionals and MBEs.  Don't miss it!

Daymond John, star of ABC's Shark Tank and CEO/Founder of FUBU
April 9, 12:15-1:45 p.m.
Daymond John is an entrepreneur in every sense of the word, having come a long way from taking out
a $100,000 mortgage against his mother's house and moving his operation into the basement.  John is a pioneer in the fashion industry with over $6 billion in sales of his much-celebrated global lifestyle brand, FUBU. 
Requires a full BOF registration or purchase of a luncheon only ticket.
MBDA Indianapolis
Advanced Manufacturing Workshop - April 8, 3-4 p.m.
Building Advanced Capabilities and Capitalizing on New
Business Opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing:
Please join this highly interactive round table discussion
as we work to get more minority firms involved in Advanced Manufacturing. This will be an opportunity to gain new insight into Supply Chain Management and make great connections. We will wrap up by touching on how to create value by collaborating inside and outside your organization and working with strategic partners.

B2B Matchmaking Sessions - April 9, 7:30-11:30 a.m.
We've challenged our corporate members to bring real
opportunities to the table to discuss with our MBEs.
Participate in corporate matchmaking sessions and
maximize opportunities to make connections that are
beneficial to the corporation and the MBE, and learn
about specific opportunities that may be available in the
near future. Advance registration is required. Corporations with opportunities with be shared soon.

Strike A Pose
Do you have a professional head-shot?  If not, or if you need a new one, take advantage of an on-site professional photographer that will be available to take professional head-shots at the BOF. This service is being made available to anyone attending the BOF in need of a professional head-shot.  Please note there is a small fee.

To see the full agenda with all workshops, information on matchmakers, speakers, receptions, booth information and sponsor opportunities be sure to download the full registration book .

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