The Michigan Economic Development Corporation's Office of Economic Independence and Entrepreneurship (OEI&E) in an unprecedented collaboration of over 30 agencies, organizations, educational institutions, health care institutions and government entities will present the first in a series of training conferences on How to Secure Contracts on the Internet: Sharing E-Procurement Approaches that Work.
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will give opening remarks for the luncheon to be held during the conference.It is expected that more than 300 will attend.More than 20 exhibitors from the MEDC Office of the OEI&E Metro Advisory Committee and other sponsors will also be on hand.
The conference is designed to share with small, minority and women owned businesses how the use of technology, particularly e-procurement, can make them more competitive in the marketplace.The conference includes an overview of e-procurement with an actual demonstration, a discussion of certification, and how it can make small businesses more competitive, a panel of Internet technology experts and small business owners, hands-on demonstrations, Internet technology workshops and exhibits that will provide the conference attendees with strategies to take their businesses to another level.
Confirmed speakers for the conference are: Vanessa Rush, Detroit Entrepreneurship Institute; Betty Appleby, Office of Economic Independence and Entrepreneurship; Frank Ross, Wayne County; Angela Compton, Dynamic Business Strategies, Inc.; Jas Sokhal, Technical Software Consulting, Inc.; Conrad Valle, Small Business Association; David Fasenfest, Ph.D., Wayne State University; Kathleen Blake, MEDC; Kevin Parikh, Lakeshore Engineering Technologies, Inc.; Robert Grier, Michigan World Processing; Thomas Watkins, T.W. Graphics; Wanda Harper, Michigan Minority Business Development Council; and Bill Ross, Booker T. Washington Business Association.The keynote speaker for the luncheon is Sam Hamdan, chief solutions architect with WebSoft Corporation.
There will also be a networking reception in honor of Minority Business Month.
The conference will take placeon October 3, 2002, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the University of Detroit Mercy Ward Conference Center, 8200 West Outer Drive, Detroit, Michigan.Registration is $50, which includes meals and the Network Reception.To register, contact Vanessa L. Rush at (313) 961.8426 or Betty J. Appleby at 313.256.9311, Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.The conference brochure is available on-line at www.deibus.org.The deadline for registration is September 30, 2002.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life