FCC to Host a Supplier Diversity Conference for Small, Minority and Women-Owned Businesses
By Calvin Osborne, Attorney Advisor
(WASHINGTON - July 6, 2012) - The FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities (“OCBO”) will host a Supplier Diversity Conference and Workshop on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm. The conference will focus on government and privates sector business opportunities for small, minority, and women-owned businesses.
The event will include a panel discussion, followed by small workshops.The goal of the Supplier Diversity Conference is to provide networking opportunities and share business information with suppliers of telecommunications and technology companies.
This will further establish a diverse supply base.There will be two morning panel discussions from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The panelists will discuss how to develop and utilize the many skills and talents that small businesses possess, and address the various contract needs of large companies and how small businesses can distinguish themselves in the race for lucrative opportunities. The first panel will feature procurement officers from the Department of Defense, the Department of Transportation, the Minority Business Development Agency, and the Federal Communications Commission. The second panel will feature executives from Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, Comcast, and Microsoft. The panels will be moderated by Thomas Reed, Director of OCBO, and Ronald Johnson, President of Solutions4Change, and a member of the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity in the Digital Age.From 1:30- 4:30 pm, OCBO will coordinate one-on-one sessions between the panelists and any small business owner who wishes to participate. In these confidential meetings, small business owners will get individualized advice on supplier strategies and information on current contracting opportunities.
To register for the afternoon meetings, please submit a company profile to Karen Beverly, Assistant for Management, OCBO, no later than Friday, July 6, 2012 via email @ Karen.Beverly@fcc.gov or hardcopy, 445 12th Street SW, room 4-A635, Washington DC 20554. All persons interested in attending the panel discussion in person are asked to register by contacting OCBO at (202) 418- 0990, or via email at Karen.Beverly@fcc.govPeople may also watch and participate in the panel discussion via WebEx, by registering at https://fccevents.webex.com. This event will be streamed liveIf you need further technical assistance to participate online please contact Christian Fiascunari via email.You can also follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FCC and on Facebook at http://facebook.com/FCC.