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The 2013 Tampa Bay Minority Enterprise Development Conference "Growing to the next Level" Using your Business GPS for Success" will focus on how businesses can navigate through the maze of surviving and sustaining in todays economy. The purpose of the conference is to enhance business opportunities while strategically developing the necessary tools for business growth.Calendar of EventsTuesday, October 1st7:30 AM Registration Opens8:00 AM - 10:00 AM CEO Roundtable - Panel Discussion - "Growing to the next Level." How do you get there". Presenters: Julius Davis - Volt Air, Pilar Bernd - The Bernd Group, George Wm. Tinsley, II - TGI Fridays, Carlos Lemos - Ambient10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Seminar - "Helping Others Identify Your Brand" - Presenter: Jennifer Whelihan11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch with a Purpose; Building Key Relationships" - Presenter: Simone Gans of GANS, GANS & Associates (This is an Intractive Networking Luncheon) 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Seminar - How to put yourself in a position to compete for the business. Presenter: Cynthia Jones Parks, CEO - Jones Worley5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Reception - Let's Connect "Growing your Community". Exhibit booth displaying various minority businesses and local Chamber of Commerce groups. For information on booth rental contact - Lynette Darrell 813-228-4623Wednesday, October 2nd8:00 AM - 9:45 AM cnFMSDC West Coast Chapter Meeting Host: TECO Energy, Inc.10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Seminar - GPS to Success. "Make it difficult for a lender to tell you NO" Presenters: Edgar Bermudez, Barbara Melvin - Wells Fargo & Charles Long - U.S. SBA11:45 AM - 1:45 PM Lunch N Learn - Be proactive - Getting to know your favorite Uncle - "IRS - Uncle Sam" Presented by: Charles Young, Jr.,CPA, Young & Son Tax Advisors. Contact: Frances Wimberly - 813-379-8902 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM Seminar - TBAThursday, October 3rd8:00 AM - 11:45 AM Business Matchmaker Expo - Sponsored by TECO Energy, Inc. - Meet Industry Experts, Purchasing Agents, Supplier Diversity Professionals to discuss future business opportunities. Contact: Lynette Darrell 813-228-462311:45 AM - 1:15 PM Minority Enterprise Development Awards Luncheon - "Doing Business with Integrity and having business values" Guest Speaker: Oscar Horton - Owner & Operator Sun State International Trucks, LLC. - Come out and see who will win the Minority Business of the Year for Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk County and Who will win the "Advocacy Award for 2013". Will it be you or your business.... You don't want to miss out on this event...... 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Business Matchmaker Expo (Resumes) - Sponsored by TECO Energy, Inc. - Meet Industry Experts, Purchasing Agents, Supplier Diversity Professionals to discuss future business opportunities. Contact: Lynette Darrell 813-228-4623Friday, October 4th8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Minority Business Showcase Bus Tour - Sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank - Contact: Machelle Manor 813-225-4319*Corporate Purchasing Agents/Buyers & Supplier Diversity Professionals Only* Hotel Information:Sheraton Tampa East Hotel - 10221 Princess Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL 33610Room Rates: $99.00 per nightReservation 800-325-3535 "Code - Minority Enterprise Development"
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