2014 AWIB Annual 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.
The 2014 Procurement Opportunities Conference held on Tuesday, Jun 3rd, fostered partnerships for minority and women-owned businesses. Now in its 11th year, the Procurement Conference has become the premier event 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.
Small business owners met with over 40 government agencies and regional authorities at our extensive exhibition area as well as meet one-on-one with over 20 Fortune 1,000 companies during our corporate matchmaking sessions (for pre-qualified vendors). The conference also included industry expert-led panel discussions, which offered valuable insight into the procurement process. Those in attendance had a great opportunity to make the connections that could propel their businesses forward.
The keynote speakers for our conference were:
AWIB Small Business Members were eligible for an exhibition table to showcase 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: www.awib.org/membership.
Registration was required to attend the conference and Pre-qualification Forms was fully completed for attendees to be considered for one-on-one appointments. MWBE certification was not required but recommended; registration and completion of the pre-qualification form was required to participate in the matchmaking session. Deadline to submit the pre-qualification form was May 23, 2014. These invaluable sessions were FREE to participate in. However, matches were made according to product/service requested by the corporations, and therefore not guaranteed. As always, AWIB members received special consideration.
We spent a lot of time arranging this conference. We would appreciate donations from both the non-members who attended our conference and those who would like to attend in the future to defray a small part of the costs and to allow us to continue this tradition of helping the small business community.
BNY Mellon, 101 Barclay Street, NYC
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Corporations, government agencies, and regional authorities in attendance
Dun & Bradstreet
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Johnson & Johnson
Major League Baseball
New York Yankees
Public Service Electric & Gas Company
Skanska USA Building
Taro Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc
Time Warner Inc.
Tishman Construction, an AECOM Company
Dormitory Authority State of New York (DASNY)
Long Island Power Authority (LIPA)
Battery Park City Authority
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
NYC School Construction Authority
NYC Housing Authority
Port Authority of NY/NJ
Long Island Rail Road
City University Construction Fund
Dept. of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT)
NJ Small Business Administration
NYC Department of Environmental Protection
NYC Department of Design and Construction
NYC Department of Transportation
NYC Department of Education
NYC Dept. of Small Business Services
NYC Department of Sanitation
NYC Parks & Recreation Departmnet
NYS Empire State Development
NY Police Department
NY Department of Fire
NY Department of Health
NY Economic Development Corporation
NYC Department of Finance
NYS Office of General Services
NYS Office of the Comptroller
US Army Corp of Engineers
US Department of Labor
US General Services Administration
US Small Business Administration
For more information on prior procurement conferences: