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May 20, 2021
Small Business Program Outreach Events

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Thursday, May 20, 2021
» 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Florida State Business Expo


Event Registration

8:00am - 4:00pm, May 19

Networking and Coffee with the President

8:00am - 8:30am, May 19

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Beatrice Louissaint President & CEO,Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council


Welcome and Update on Economic Development Initiatives

8:30am - 9:00am, May 19

 Speakers

Mayor Francis X. Suarez Mayor,City of Miami

Dana Hill Program Manager,Florida Blue

Abel Herrera President & CEO,IT Data Solutions


A Conversation with Emmitt Smith and Cris Carter, Co-Chairmen of Gold Jacket, LLC

9:00am - 10:00am, May 19

NFL Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith and Cris Carter are having incredible business success. Hear from Carter and Smith about their Opportunity Zone and minority community investment company, Gold Jacket LLC, and other ventures and what makes their partnership work.
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 Speakers

Emmitt Smith Co-Chairman,Gold Jacket, LLC

Cris Carter Co-Chairman,Gold Jacket, LLC


Doing Business with Government, the Biggest Buyer in the World

10:00am - 11:00am, May 19

Discover potential contracting opportunities in the trillion-dollar government sector. Plus, get tips on successfully doing business with all levels of government.
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 Speakers

Gwendolyn S. Miles Small Business Specialist, Health and Human Services,Office of Small Business Utilization

Guy Timberlake Chief Visionary Officer,Skunkworks for Competitive Intelligence Innovation in Federal Contracting (SCIIF)

Lourdes Martin-Rosa President & CEO,Government Business Solutions

Sandy-Michael McDonald Director,Office of Economic and Small Business Development

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Now-FUTURE-Next: Embodying a Business Future-Back Mindset

10:00am - 11:00am, May 19

Join Institute for the Future's (IFTF) Gabe Cervantes for a session on the basics of futures thinking and strategic foresight. As the world's longest-running futures think tank, IFTF has developed core strategies and methodologies for practicing future-back strategic planning. Using IFTF’s After the Pandemic Report, attendees will see how tracking innovations today helps reveal, and prepare for potential future scenarios in order to make businesses more resilient and prepared for disruption. No one can predict the future, but we can learn to be future-ready!
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 Speakers

Gabe Cervantes Research Manager,Institute for the Future (IFTF)

Moderator: Beverly Pruitt Assistant VP, Workplace Equity & Inclusion,University of Miami

Supplier Diversity Roundtable (Corporate Only): The Fundamentals of a World Class Supplier Diversity Program

10:00am - 11:00am, May 19

The Fundamentals of Creating a Supplier Diversity Program

The FSMSDC Supplier Diversity Roundtable meets regularly to discuss best practices and trends in supplier diversity, as well as professional development for diversity professionals. At this meeting, large buying organizations will meet with peers to share insights on supplier diversity.
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 Speakers

Debra Quade Supplier Diversity Manager,Kellogg Company

Moderator: Willie Johnson Manager, Global Supplier Diversity, Responsible Sourcing and Inclusion,CHEP


MasterClass: How to Grow Your Company Exponentially

11:00am - 12:00pm, May 19

Hear from leading CEOs who are running innovative and high-performing minority businesses. They will provide tips on leveraging talent to accelerate innovation, increase revenue and improve customer service. Also, they will share lessons learned and insights into how they have built transformative multimillion-dollar companies and closed the big deals.
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Lily Tran President & CEO,TranLogistics, LLC

Julius Davis Principal Owner,VoltAir Consulting Engineers

Jorge A Plasencia Chairman & CEO,Republica Havas

Moderator: Desiree Hanson Manager, Supplier Diversity,Moffitt Cancer Center


Lunch On Your Own with DJ Mack

12:00pm - 1:00pm, May 19


B2B Trade Fair and Loan-a-Thon

1:00pm - 4:00pm, May 19

B2B Trade Fair
Meet with buying decision-makers and present your products and/or services. The Business Expo B2B Trade Fair brings together a unique cross section of minority entrepreneurs, large corporations and government agencies to create new relationships, ventures and opportunities for growth.

Whether you need a microloan or a multimillion-dollar loan, this is the chance to meet with traditional and non-traditional lenders during the trade fair to get the financing you need to grow your business.