AZHCC, AZ News

PHOENIX MBDA BUSINESS CENTER HOSTS TUCSON CONFERENCE TO MATCH MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES WITH PROCUREMENT CONTRACTS
Date:  11/28/2012
ArticleType:  Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 28, 2012

PHOENIX MBDA BUSINESS CENTER HOSTS TUCSON CONFERENCE TO MATCH MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES WITH PROCUREMENT CONTRACTS

Contact: Peter Schwartz peter@phoenixmbdacenter.com or 623-297-6843

Phoenix, AZ (Nov.28, 2012) - The Phoenix Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center is committed to the financial stimulation of minority-owned businesses. The center will host the Small Business Development Conference on December 6, 2012 in Tucson, AZ. The conference is intended for service providers, SBEs, MBEs, NABEs, WBEs and stakeholders. The Conference will have multiple workshops with valuable information on financing, bonding, certification and information on how to do business with local, state, tribal, and federal agencies. In addition to the workshops, there will be opportunities for direct access to procurement contacts, and opportunities to network with and learn from:

Arizona Commerce Authority             Arizona Department of Transportation
Town of Marana             Pascua Yaqui Tribe
 AZ PTAC              Phoenix MBDA Business Center
 City of Tucson              Gila River Tribe
 Davis Monthan Air Force Base              Small Business Administration
 Fort Huachuca              Tohono O'odham Tribe
 Luke Airforce Base              U.S. Export Assistance Center

The event will take place Thursday, December 6th, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Casino Del Sol, 5655 West Valencia Road, Tucson, AZ 85757.

The keynote speaker, Mary Dolezal of the Native American Builders, will address key issues facing minority-owned businesses. The agenda is as follows:

PROGRAM
Thursday, December 6, 2012
 
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Registration

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 
                          Keynote: Mary Dolezal, Native American Builders

9:00 – 9:55 a.m. Resources for Small/Minority Businesses 
        1. Danny Ayala, Arizona Procurement Technical Assistance Center 
        2. Scott Gregory, Grand Canyon Minority Supplier Dev. Council 
        3. Small Business Administration 
        4. Linda Harris, Minority Business Development Agency 
        5. Kevin O’Shea, Arizona Commerce Authority; 
        6. Kent Lane, Arizona Department of Transportation 
        7. Liana Perez, City of Tucson

10:00 – 10:50 a.m. Access to Capital/Financing & Bonding 
        1. Ralph Gonzales, CAFI; 
        2. Patty Zenizo, Preferred Bonding; 
        3. Mike Mau, RLI Surety; 
        4. Robert Valdez, Accion; 
        5. Teresa Miranda, Prestamos; 
        6. Robert Perez, US Bank 
        7. Jerome Davis, Tohono O’odham

11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Procurement/Contracting Opportunities 
        1. John Jensen, Pascua Yaqui; 
        2. Tom Shepherd, Tohono O’odham; 
        3. Jon Chewning, Gila River Casino Resorts; 
        4. Terri Spencer, Pima County 
        5. Michael Glasson, Town of Marana

11:50 – 1:00 p.m. LUNCH (on your own)

1:00 –1:50 p.m. Access to Government Contracting 
        1. Mary Peetz, Luke Air Force Base 
        2. Chuck Collins, Fort Huachuca Army Base 
        3. Nicole Dalrymple, Davis Monthan Air Force Base
 
2:00 –2:50 p.m. Doing Business with Local Corporations 
        1. Rosemary Middleton, Hensel Phelps 
        2. James Mulloy, Siemens

3:00 – 3:50 p.m. Chambers at Your Service 
        1. Loren Tapahe, AAICC 
        2. Lea Marquez Peterson, THCC 
        3. Ed Stolmaker, Marana Chamber of Commerce
        4. Tucson Chamber of Commerce

4:00 – 4:50 p.m. Closing remarks, Awards and Networking

Sponsorship Opportunities
Title: $5,000                   Patron: $500
Advocate: $2,500           Supporter: $300
Benefactor: $1,000         Friend: $100

Download the flyer here

For more information, to become a sponsor or to register contact Peter Schwartz at peter@phoenixmbdacenter.com or 602-297-6843.

About the Phoenix MBDA Center
The Phoenix MBDA Business Center is federally funded by the Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce and is locally operated by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The Center is focused on securing large public and private contracts, financing transactions, stimulating job creation and retention, and facilitating entry to global markets for eligible minority-owned businesses.

The Center serves all MBEs with a focus on clients with annual revenues of over $1,000,000 or are participants in a high-growth industry (e.g. green technology, clean energy, health care, infrastructure and broadband technology, among others). www.phoenixmbdacenter.com  

###



ARTICLE