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25th Annual Business Expo A Boost To Minority Business Owners

MIAMI – The Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council (SFMSDC) will host its 25th Annual Business Expo on March 11-12, 2010 at the Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale from 8:30am to 5pm.

“Innovation: The Gateway to Opportunities” is the theme of this year’s Expo. “The 2010 Business Expo will bring together a cross-section of minority entrepreneurs, large corporations and government agencies to discuss business opportunities and growth industries”, said Beatrice Louissaint, President of the SFMSDC. The event is designed to ensure minority businesses at all stages of development are positioned for greater success and to provide corporations and government agencies with information about supplier diversity.

The 2010 Business Expo is an ideal opportunity for minority entrepreneurs to present their goods and services to purchasing agents from government agencies and Fortune 500 companies. Exhibitors and sponsors include: Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, Florida Power & Light, United Parcel Service, Broward College, Burger King Corporation, Tyco International, University of Miami, South Florida Water Management District, CVS/Caremark, Broward Health, Comcast, Clear Channel, Turner Construction, Superior Design International, Miami Dade Expressway Authority, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, AT&T and Bank of America.

Expo workshops will focus on growth industries such as Healthcare, Green Industry, Information Technology and Food and Beverage. At the workshop entitled, “Purchasing Trends and Issues”, attendees will hear from Chief Purchasing Officers responsible for billions in procurement share their views on the current business environment.

Minority Business Enterprises will get tips on how they can open the door to corporate and government procurement departments. In addition, there will be a Youth Entrepreneurship session, a workshop on opportunities in Construction, Doing Business with the NFL and Super Bowl XLIV and International Trade. At the workshop entitled “The Titans Share Their Business Secrets and Successes” prominent South Florida minority business owners will share success stories and how despite the downturn in the economy, their companies are experiencing significant growth.

The luncheon key note speaker is Jose Mas, President & CEO of MasTec, Inc. Mr. Mas started with MasTec in 1992 and from 1999 until 2001, he was head of MasTec’s Communications group, responsible for approximately $350 million in annual revenue.

Since August of 2001, Jose R. Mas, served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Vice President of Business Development where he was primarily responsible for the company’s customer marketing and acquisition activity.

During that time, he was responsible for growth in many of MasTec’s largest accounts including DIRECTV, AT&T, Verizon and Florida Power & Light Company.

The 2010 Business Expo is open to the public. Admission to the Workshops is $30 and the Tradeshow is $40. The cost to attend the Luncheon is $40.

For additional information log on to www.sfmsdc.org or please contact the SFMSDC at (305) 762-6151 or email beatrice@sfmsdc.org.

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