Conference and Business Exchange

September 20 @ 7:30 AM - September 21 @ 5:00 PM
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 United States

2016 Return on Relationships Conference and Business Exchange Program

This Program is subject to minor changes and EMSDC reserves the right to change this Program.


Conference Registration 7:30 am –  
TITAN’S BREAKFAST  8:00 am – 9:30 am  
Panel Discussion 8:30 am-9:30 am
“A conversation With Minority Business Titans”
R. Don Peebles, The Peebles Corporation Javier Palomarez, President & CEO, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Susan L. Taylor, Founder & CEO, National CARES Mentoring Movement and Editor- in- Chief Emeritus of Essence Magazine Garry Maddox, Principal and CEO of A. Pomerantz& Co
BREAK 9:30 – 9:45 am  
MBE SESSION| 9:45 am – 3:00 pm
Presenters and Panelists
Focused on mid to large size minority-owned businesses, the Growth Symposium is designed to address the business development gap in the marketplace for those mid to large size businesses that are looking to scale but need assistance in getting pass the obstacles of growth whether is access to capital, diversification, business coaching, or opportunities for mergers or acquisition. Presented over the course of 4 hours, the Symposium will tackle the most pressing issues of supplier growth.  
PECO SBI| 9:45 am – 4:45 pm

The Small Business Institute is a one-day concentrated instructional program offering business strategy and developmental topics specific to minority businesses. Attend Lectures/workshops from nationally focused subject matter experts at this full day of advanced technical assistance information for minority owned businesses seeking accelerated growth, optimization of business plans, and business process improvement.

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Break 10:45 am – 11:00 am  
MBE SESSION | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Exhibitor Booth Set Up/Vendor Move In
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Exhibitors move into the exhibit hall
KEYNOTE LUNCHEON | 12:15pm – 1:30 pm Dr. George C. Fraser
MBE SESSION | 09:45 am – 10:45 pm

Through a comprehensive workshop and subsequent one-on-one coaching, business owners and key employees will receive the tools to better position themselves when interacting with supply chain professionals and decision makers. Attend the workshop at 11:00 am and become eligible for these 30 minute on-the spot, personalized coaching sessions (pre-selected).

INDUSTRY GROUP MEETING - Pharma 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm  
INDUSTRY GROUP MEETING – Construction 2 :00 pm – 4:30 pm  
INDUSTRY GROUP MEETING – Insurance/Professional Services 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm  
WELCOME RECEPTION | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)



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