Go Forward: Driving Local Economic Growth through Small Business Inclusion and Sustainability
Dear Small Business Owner:
Small businesses are the heart of our local economy, providing jobs and services that are essential to our future. Every day the City of Columbus depends on those services to better serve our citizens and in 2011 we fulfilled more than $300,000,000 in contracting opportunities that supported the sustainability of our business community.
Please join me at the Hyatt at the Columbus Convention Center on October 3rd, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for the Small Business Conference and Expo, as we continue to forge economic growth through the utilization of minority- and female-owned companies and other small businesses in the City’s procurement process.
This year’s full day event, “Go Forward: Driving Local Economic Growth through Small Business Inclusion and Sustainability”, will offer:
• Networking with nearly 100 city leaders, speakers, panelists and buyers as well as 40 expo businesses who will share their professional expertise and contracting opportunities with you
• More than a dozen in-depth workshops imparting valuable information and practical tools to help new and experienced business owners improve their chances of winning contracts
• On-site registration for required City contract compliance to become immediately eligible to bid on contracts from the City
• A luncheon featuring Caroline Clarke, Executive Editor and host of Black Enterprise Business Report, Black Enterprise magazine’s national television show and a Bicentennial Salute to the City’s minority and female business owners
• A professional development opportunity for government employees and procurement professionals
We are sorry but registration for the event is now closed. If you have already registered but need to change information that you have already provided during the registration process, please use the login functionality provided on http://msbc2012.columbus.gov/login.aspx to do so.
Thank you for your interest and participation in the conference.
Michael B. Coleman, Mayor