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Supplier Diversity Day

The University of South Florida is actively focused on growing lasting relationships with diverse suppliers. Together, we will contribute to the economic progress and strength of our community. 

2022 SUPPLIER DIVERSITY DAY & Business Symposium

The 2022 Supplier Diversity Day & Business Symposium was held on October 28, 2022. The University of South Florida Office of Supplier Diversity partnered with the Tampa Bay Chamber, Florida SBDC at USF, the State of FL Office of Supplier Diversity, and the Women’s Business Enterprise Council – FL to host this all-day event in which small and diverse-owned businesses, local and statewide corporate and non-profit organizations gathered to receive information about upcoming major construction projects, participated in 14 business symposium sessions, and had an opportunity to network with Tampa Bay's most prominent businesses at one of the largest tradeshows in the Tampa Bay Region.

Sessions at the 2022 Business Symposium focused on hi-tech, economic development, attracting venture capital, RFP development, and much more, all at no cost to attendees!

The 2022 sessions included:

  • Welcome & Opening Session - USF Office of Supplier Diversity, Doing Business with USF, USF Major Project Updates - 8:30a - 9:15am
  • Pitching Your Firm - 9:30a -10:15a
  • Growth in Tampa Bay- Impacts for Small & Diverse Businesses - 9:30a -10:15a
  • Securing Your Data & Cyber Security - Is Your Business Ready? - 10:30a -11:15a
  • RFP, Bidding & Estimating - What You Need to Prepare - 10:30a -11:15a
  • Pursuing Venture Capitalist, What To Expect - 10:30a -11:15a
  • Quick Books - Basic System Overview - 11:30a -1 2:15p
  • The Power of Relationships; Building My Businesses Through People - 11:30a -12:15p
  • How to Leverage Banking Programs to Access Capital - 11:30a -12:15p
  • Blacks in Technology - 1:30p-2:15p
  • Start-Ups and What You Need to Know - 1:30a -2:15p
  • Succession & Safety Plan Development - 1:30p - 2:15p
  • USF Office of Corporate Partnerships (Florida High Tech Corridor) - 2:30p - 3:15p
  • Legislation Impacting Small & Diverse Businesses, Staying Connected - 2:30p - 3:15p

You can read about this amazing event in the article linked below:

Diverse-owned businesses seeking to network and grow come together at USF’s largest Supplier Diversity Day

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Doing Business with USF (Opening Session)

Show Me the Money! What Resources Are Available to Help Me Go to the Next Level

Doing Business Globally

Bidding & Estimating – How to Successfully Bid USF Facilities & Construction Opportunities