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Minority Business Council Summit to Host Small Business Revitalization Summit and Expo

Published: September 2, 2009
The Virginia Beach Minority Business Council will celebrate its 14th year by hosting a Small Business Revitalization Summit and Expo on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 2 to 7 p.m., at the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center, 4535 Commerce St. Register online for this free event at www.regonline.com/mbcexpo2009. All are welcome.

The event will kick off with a general session featuring an awards ceremony and keynote address by writer Dennis P. Kimbro, author of Think & Grow Rich: A Black Choice; Daily Motivations for African American Success; What Makes the Great Great: Strategies for Extraordinary Achievement; and What Keeps Me Standing: A Black Grandmother's Guide to Peace, Hope and Inspiration.

At the event, contractors, vendors and suppliers will meet and network with staff from cities including Virginia Beach, Hampton, Chesapeake, Newport News and Portsmouth, as well as federal, state and municipal government agency purchasing professionals. Representatives will talk about procurement policies and bidding techniques, requirements for providing architectural, engineering and construction services, small purchases, goods and services.

During the summit, the council will present Small, Woman-Owned and Minority-Owned Business Awards to vendors or contractors who have made outstanding contributions to the City of Virginia Beach. Diversity Champion Awards will be presented to large businesses and prime contractors who demonstrate an increasing utilization of woman-owned and minority-owned businesses. For the first time, a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Award also will be presented.

The Virginia Beach City Council established the Minority Business Council in 1995. The 11-member panel advises the city manager and City Council on procurement policies and procedural issues.

The council’s vision is to be the leading influence in connecting resources with city opportunities. The panel’s mission is to advance and facilitate an environment of business opportunities — focusing on increasing expenditures to minority-owned and women-owned businesses by the City of Virginia Beach — to further the city’s economic development and vitality.

For more information about the Minority Business Council, please visit www.VBgov.com/mbc or call (757) 385-4438.