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Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council

Florida State MSDC Kick-Off Meeting & Reception

Join the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) for an energizing meeting and networking reception as we celebrate our 2017 accomplishments. Learn about our goals and objectives for the new year.

Thu, January 18, 2018
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
National Entrepreneur Center
3201 E Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32803

Fri, January 19, 2018
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
4030 Boy Scout Blvd Ste. 200, Tampa, FL 33607

For tickets, visit Eventbrite

Tampa International Airport and Airport Marriott Hotel

Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Networking Event

Networking event specifically geared toward connecting interested businesses with on-airport rental car companies and hotel. Potential procurement opportunities for the areas of: automobile collision / repair; car wash maintenance & supplies; employment / labor staffing services; environmental removal / disposal; fuel / petroleum products; insurance; janitorial services; janitorial and office supplies; locksmith services; printing services and security services. 

Thu, January 25, 2018
10:00 a.m. – Noon
Tampa International Airport | Aviation Authority Boardroom, Third Level, Blue Side
4100 George J Bean Parkway, Tampa, FL 33607

To register, visit TIA

Operation Startup

Human Resource for Small Businesses

Human Resources for Small Businesses - learn about employee recruiting and hiring processes, benefits, payroll taxes, federal and state wage rules and other personnel topics.

Fri, February 2, 2018
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Operation Startup - Entrepreneur Collaborative Center
2101 East Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605

For more information and to register, visit Eventbrite

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

2018 Women's Series Luncheon - Rita Lowman

Building on the success of the Women of Influence Luncheon, the smaller scale semi-annual Women's Series Luncheons provide additional opportunities for accomplished women to share their professional journey and strategies for business success or address a topic of relevance to today's female professional. 

Fri, February 9, 2018 
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  
The Centre Club, Inc. 
123 S. Westshore Boulevard, 8th Floor, Tampa, FL 33609

For more information and to register, visit GTCC

The Show Producers

Small Business Expo 2018 - MIAMI

Small Business Expo is America's BIGGEST & most anticipated business-to-business networking event, trade show & conference for business owners, entrepreneurs, start-ups, decision-makers or anyone who works for a small business or is interested in starting a small business. Small Business Expo is a FREE one-day event for small businesses to network, build new business relationships, attend cutting-edge and business-building workshops/seminars, exchange ideas, show for new vendors and learn from leading industry experts. If you are serious about growing or starting your business, Small Business Expo is a "MUST ATTEND" event for you. 

Wed, February 14, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
James L. Knight Center | Riverfront Hall
400 SE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33131

For tickets, visit Eventbrite

Florida Office of Supplier Diversity

Local Contracting Opportunities Available (OSD & FSU Wednesday Workshop)

Florida's Office of Supplier Diversity & FSU's Procurement Services have joined together to present a Wednesday Workshop Series for Small Businesses. Join OSD and FSU once a quarter in 2018 to learn about government contracting, the systems used in procurement activities and other programs offered to help small businesses. 

Wed, February 21, 2018
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Betty Easley Conference Center, Room 152
4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, FL 32399

To register, visit Eventbrite

2018 Gainesville Supplier Diversity Exchange

The Gainesville Supplier Diversity Exchange will include a panel discussion, networking opportunities, and one-on-one interviews. During the Business Exchange portion, small business owners can market their goods and services directly with local and state buyers at scheduled on-one-one interviews. 

Thu, March 8, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
University of Florida Reitz Union
655 Reitz Union Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611

To register, visit Eventbrite

Tampa International Airport

Buyer-Supplier Connect 2018

Thu, March 15, 2018
8:30 a.m. – Noon
Tampa Airport Marriott
4200 George J Bean Parkway, Tampa, FL 33607

For more information and to register, visit Eventbrite

Hillsborough County Florida DM/DWBE and SBE

5th Annual Open Doors Forum for Minority and Small Business

A free business networking event will help minority, women, and small business owners connect to opportunities in government contracting. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet government prime contractors and sub-contractors with the goal of forming new partnering relationships. Businesses will also have a chance to connect with small business loan specialists, representatives of multiple government agencies, and learn about the processes and procedures necessary to do business with local government.

Thu, April 5, 2018
8:30 a.m. – Noon
TPepin's Hospitality Center
4121 N. 50th Street, Tampa, FL 33610

For more information and to register, visit HCFL

Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council

FSMSDC 33rd Annual Business Expo

This year's Annual Business Expo is a powerful two-day matchmaking event. Attendees are able to meet with corporate and government exhibitors and attendees seeking certified minority business suppliers with capacity. The event draws business leaders and corporations from around the U.S. The event consists of a trade fair, workshops and a luncheon that provides a forum to network and showcase your company's products and services. During these energizing and information packed days, you will meet educational institutions and government agencies; develop new contacts and resources; negotiate potential procurement contracts and learn valuable information for professional and business growth. #FSMSDCBusinessExpo

Thu, April 5 - 6, 2018
Broward County Convention Center
1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

For tickets, visit Eventbrite