Access to Markets: Multicultural Business Conference 2017

Presented by U.S. Senator Mark Warner, the Business Development Assistance Group and Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity

Providing Access to Markets for all Small, Women, Veteran and Minority Businesses

With the uncertainty about federal investment in Northern Virginia, this conference will help you develop new markets in the coming years. This half-day free event is designed to provide practical knowledge, tools, and resources to small, women, minority, and veteran businesses for them to explore and capture new commercial, government, and global markets. Exhibitors include financial institutions, business service providers, prime contractors, and federal, state and local government agencies.

Date: April 24, 2017
Time: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: George Mason University's Arlington Campus, Founders Hall
3351 Fairfax Dr.
Arlington, VA 22201
Fee: Free
Registration: Registration Now Closed
For more information, please contact:
Name: Lauryn Han
Phone: 703.538.7412
Web site: Access to Markets
Meeting Materials:
Detailed AGENDA



For more detail on the breakout session, see the full agenda.
7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Exhibitor Check-in and Set Up
8:00  8:45 a.m.

Attendee Check-in

Networking Breakfast

Exhibit Hall Opens  (Exhibit Hall opens from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

8:45  9:30 a.m.

Morning Session


Mistress of Ceremony

Tara Palacios, Director, Arlington Economic Development BizLaunch


Welcome Remarks

Victor Hoskins, Director, Arlington Economic Development


Opening Remarks

Tracey Wiley, Agency Director, Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity



U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner



Karen Blackwell, Manager, Supplier Diversity and Development North America Procurement, Nestlé 


9:45  10:30 a.m.

Breakout Session 1 (choose one of the following workshops)


  • Track 1: The Sweet Life: Doing Business with Nestle
  • Track 2: Show Me the Opportunities: The Fundamentals of State and Local Procurement
  • Track 3: At the End of the Rainbow: Resources to Support Your Global Business


10:30  10:45 a.m. Break
10:45  11:30 a.m.

Breakout Session 2 (choose one of the following workshops)


  • Track 1: Sub-Contracting to Perfection: The Design of a Perfect Partnership
  • Track 2: Certify to Success: Strategically Understanding Best Practices to Grow Your Business 
  • Track 3: The Color of Money: Financial Resources to Take Your Business Global


11:30  11:45 a.m. Break
11:45  12:30 p.m.

Breakout Session 3 (choose one of the following workshops)


  • Track 1: Beyond Healthcare: Opportunities for Businesses at INOVA
  • Track 2: WMATA: Tracking the Opportunities for Suppliers
  • Track 3: Expand Your World: Best Practices Going Global 


12:30  1:00  p.m. Networking in Exhibit Hall
1:00  p.m. End

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