MBOD offers seminars, business expo and networking to help businesses gain competitve edge

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1, 2012 -- A workshop by Google on how to make the most of the internet to promote business, the chance to pitch your business via video conferencing to corporate buyers and procurement professionals, a social media "hub," and networking opportunities with corporate representatives. These are among the highlights of Southern California Minority Business Development Council's (SCMBDC) Minority Business Opportunity Day, which will be held February 23 at the Pacific Palms Conference Resort in Industry Hills.

MBOD 2012 offers minority business enterprises the opportunity to meet corporate buyers and decision makers, attend informative seminars, generate new business leads and network at the business opportunity exhibit fair, and more. The event will offer the following:

  • A workshop by Google representatives on how companies can effectively utilize the internet to promote their business and take advantage of cloud-based technologies to communicate within their business.
  • Interviews with corporate members in-person and via video conferencing, where MBEs have an opportunity to discuss their companies' products and services with procurement professionals from major corporations. The appointments are designed to strategically match minority suppliers with buyers and decision makers in a variety of industries.
  • A social media-facilitated launch pad that displays a live feed of business opportunities and other MBOD media.
  • A business expo, where more than 400 corporate representatives, purchasing and procurement staff are expected to meet with business owners and provide information on how to get in the door with their companies.
  • A panel discussion on the Billion Dollar Roundtable, which recognizes and celebrates corporations that spends more than $1 billion annually with diverse companies, and how corporate members can build their supplier diversity programs to make it to this level (only 18 companies qualify at this level nationally). Panelists to date include representatives from Toyota and Walmart.
  • A financial management workshop by TransFirst, one of the nation’s leading providers of transaction processing services.
  • A Hard Hat Pavilion, where general contractors and large corporations meet with diverse businesses that provide construction-related services. Last year, more than a dozen general contractors and large corporations met 150-plus potential subcontractors.

Toyota is MBOD 2012's title sponsor. Other corporate sponsors and participants to date include: Google; AEG; American Airlines; American Honda Motor Co.; AT&T; California Water Association; Chevron Corporation; The Coca-Cola Company; ConocoPhillips; Fluor Enterprises; KVCR; MBE Magazine; Northrop Grumman; Port of Long Beach; SBA; Southern California Edison; Southern California Gas Company; Southwest Gas; The Walt Disney Company; TransFirst; Walmart, and Wells Fargo.

MBOD 2012 will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register online at www.scmbdc.org. The cost is $65 per person from Jan. 1 through Feb. 19, and $95 onsite the day of the event. When registering online, suppliers can indicate their interest in the matchmaking appointments (these are based on the procurement needs of participating corporations and are not guaranteed).

Visit www.scmbdc.org for information on exhibitor fees and sponsorships. For more information, contact Lauren Knight at  lknight@scmbdc.org, or (213) 689-6940.

Background on MBOD

The first Minority Business Opportunity Day was held by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce in 1969 as a way to introduce corporate and government purchasing agents to minority business owners who could provide goods and services to the local community. It soon became an annual event, attracting more corporations and minority businesses. In 1975, the chamber and the Minority Enterprise Coalition of Los Angeles created the Southern California Regional Purchasing Councils, a non-profit public benefit corporation and predecessor to Southern California Minority Business Development Council.

Southern California Minority Business Development Council is the premiere organization strengthening economic ties between large, public-, private- and foreign-owned corporations and minority men- and women-owned business enterprises.  As the region’s leading minority business advocacy organization, SCMBDC represents the interests of more than 600,000 minority businesses in its 13-county service area in Southern California.  The council offers nationally recognized certification to minority-owned businesses, strategic networking between corporate members and certified firms, and education, information, and skills development to help minority businesses enhance their capacity.  Headquartered in Los Angeles and one of 37 regional councils in the National Minority Supplier Development Council network, SCMBDC has made a positive impact in the minority business community since its founding in 1975.  For more information, visit www.scmbdc.org.