AWIB Procurement Opportunities Conference

Asian Women in Business understands that for minority and women-owned businesses to grow, they need additional opportunities with corporations and government agencies and as a part of our mission, we strive to build the connections between MWBE's and corporate and government buyers.

On an annual basis, AWIB sponsors a procurement opportunities conference which not only provides information on the processes but also matches pre-qualified minority and women-owned businesses with corporate buyers. We did not give a conference in 2017 due to the lack of financial support for our efforts but we will continue to connect MWBE's to procurement opportunities on an individual basis.

The AWIB 2016 Procurement Opportunities Conference

The AWIB conference fostered partnerships for minority and women-owned businesses. Now in its 13th year, the Procurement Conference has become one of the premier events for small businesses in the tri-state area. It is designed to help minority and women owned 
firms grow in an increasingly competitive business environment.
Attendees networked and learned about government and private opportunities in our extensive exhibition area; and pre-qualified vendors had a chance to meet privately with Corporate buyers looking for specific products and services. The conference also included industry expert-led panel discussions, which offered valuable insight into the procurement process, how to sell and maximize networking, and new initiatives designed for MWBEs.  Connections were made to propel businesses forward.  

Guest Speakers
The Honorable Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
Michael Owh, Director of the Mayor's Office of Contract Services
The Honorable Scott M. Stringer, New York City Comptroller

  • Doing Business with Corporate America
    A panel of corporate experts shared best practices to close the deal

  • Marketing to the Government 
    Government & regional representatives discussed secrets to landing those coveted contracts

  • Selling made Simple: Refining your Sales Technique
    Sales techniques were taught as well as how to be strategic about finding clients, networking with a purpose, closing the deal, and growing your customer base. Enterprise holdings taught how to maximize the time spent at the conference and how to make meetings and engagements more productive.

  • How MWBEs can become involved in the Affordable Housing Mandate
    As a part of Mayor de Blasio's newest initiative while making New York City more diverse, attendees learned about affordable housing opportunities (development, construction, other) and resources available to MWBEs to assist them in competing for these opportunities.

Wellness Lounge
Attendees relaxed in between conference events at our on-site retreat with a variety of complimentary services ranging from manicures and massages to meditation and acupressure, using natural, eco-friendly products! SUNDAYS, your personal health, happiness and well-being provider, guided guests into a relaxing state and left feeling transformed. Attendees reduced their stress while sipping some healthy refreshments and for more luxury, gave their hands a treat with natural products.  

AWIB Small Business Members who were eligible for an exhibition table showcased their products and/or services. As an exhibitor, they were able to readily network with government and corporate buyers as well as the many small business owners in attendance. More information on becoming a Small Business Member can be found at:

Online Registration (an automated process) and a completed Pre-Qualification Form were required for matchmaking.  MWBE certification was not required. The deadline to submit the pre-qualification form was June 6, 2016 (Extended to June 9th).  Matches were made according to product/service requested by the corporations, and therefore not guaranteed.  As always, AWIB members received special consideration - if you support us, we support you.

BNY Mellon
101 Barclay Street/Murray Street entrance
New York City
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

View the procurement flyer.

Photos from the event 

Corporations, government agencies, and regional authorities who attended


BNY Mellon
CBS Corporation
Citigroup Inc.
Columbia University
Enterprise Holdings

Goldman Sachs & Co.
Jacob Javits Center
Major League Baseball
Morgan Stanley
New York University
New York Yankees

Pitney Bowes
Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Government Agencies
City University of New York 
Office of the NYC Comptroller 

NYC Department of Citywide Administration Services
NYC Department of Design and Construction
NYC Department of Education
NYC Department of Environmental Protection 
NYC Department of Parks & Recreation
NYC Department of Sanitation
NYC Department of Transportation
NYC Economic Development Corporation
NYC Emergency Management
NYC Fire Department
NYC Department of Housing, Preservation & Development

NYC Police Department 

NYC Small Business Services
NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications

NYS Empire State Development
NYS Office of General Services
State University of New York
US Department of Defense
US Department of Education
US Department of Energy
US Department of Labor

US General Services Administration
US Small Business Administration


Regional Authorities

Battery Park City Authority
Dormitory Authority State of New York 
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
New York Power Authority 
NYC Housing Authority
NYC School Construction Authority
The Port Authority of NY & NJ


AWIB would like to thank BNY Mellon for their long term support.   

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