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Day 3: Connect with Opportunities | Friday, December 4, 2020

Ready to CONNECT WITH OPPORTUNITIES and meet your next business relationship? Sign up for “In the Booth” Meetups with public and private sector organizations. You must pre-register, bring your capability statement and have your impactful introductory pitch ready to make the best connection. Remember, there are no waitlists today, so be on time and prepared for your appointment.

Make time to visit the special NYS MWBE Forum Chat Room and connect with other MWBEs and find new teaming partners.

After networking, closeout the 2020 Forum with a special MWBE Champion Awards Reception, starting live at 2:30 p.m.

 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
  • “In the Booth” Meetups

    This is your unique opportunity to virtually meet New York State private sector corporations and New York State public sector authorities and agencies. These 10-minute sessions will provide you the opportunity to introduce your company and learn more about potential contract opportunities. Meeting opportunities are limited, and you need to sign up early for an “In the Booth” Meetup.

    You must pre-register online on Day 2 after 1 p.m. to participate in this opportunity of the conference. Meetings are scheduled through the virtual platform at exhibitor booths. Meetings are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Meet with procurement decision makers in the following market sectors:

    ■ Architecture & Engineering
    ■ Construction and Commodities (Construction)
    ■ Commodities and Services (Non-Construction)
    ■ Information Technology
    ■ Professional Services including Financial, Accounting and Auditing Services
    ■ Transportation and Recovery, Resiliency and Community Redevelopment

  •  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
  • MWBE to MWBE in the NYS MWBE Forum Chat Room

    A signature session at the Forum, MWBE to MWBE is an opportunity for certified firms to meet with one another to explore potential partnerships. This virtual networking session is for MWBEs who are seeking to build their capacity through teaming and creating strategic alliances with other MWBEs. Check out the NYS MWBE Forum Chat Room to find out who is ready to take a meeting.

  •  1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.  
  • NYS Small Business Roundtable

    NEW! This intimate roundtable will include a thought-provoking conversation between MWBEs and New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. Key takeaways will include how certified firms are partnering with NYS agencies and authorities to build their businesses better, as well as how these firms are pivoting throughout 2020.

    Kathy Hochul, Lieutenant Governor, New York State

    Julissa Gutierrez, Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

    Hely Duarte, President, Zion Contracting
    Cheryl McKissack Daniel, President & CEO, McKissack & McKissack
    Jay Popli, Executive Vice President, Popli Design Group
    Kelly Visker, President, Knowledge Builders, Inc.

  •  2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
  • MWBE Champion Awards Reception

    Every year, the NYS MWBE Forum celebrates the industry’s leading public service professionals, honoring them for their commitment to increasing opportunities for certified firms. End your Forum experience with this exciting, virtual awards reception!

  • Remarks
    Nadine Fontaine, First Assistant Counsel to the Governor, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
    Eric Gertler, President and CEO, Empire State Development