CMSDC Celebrates Supplier Diversity in the Carolinas, Aug. 8-10

    CMSDC Celebrates Supplier Diversity in the Carolinas, Aug. 8-10

    Emmy Award Winner and BET Host Ed Gordon is Guest Speaker

    PR Newswire

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Corporate executives and procurement professionals from the world's largest purchasing organizations, along with hundreds of minority business owners, will converge in Durham, NC, August 8-10, for the 2011 Business Opportunity Conference. Emmy award winner and BET host Ed Gordon will provide the keynote address during the Tuesday, Aug. 9 business luncheon. The event is hosted by the Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council and will be held at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club.

    The annual BOC forum has grown steadily with more than 1,000 walk-through participants expected this year. Events will include a golf tournament, an exclusive CEO breakfast on Tuesday, Aug. 9, followed by training sessions that address the needs of procurement/supplier diversity professionals and minority business owners. Other scheduled activities include: Billion Dollar Roundtable discussion; an Awards Dinner to celebrate corporations and minority business achievements; and the Minority Business Enterprise matchmaker and tradeshow on Wednesday, Aug. 10, that gives corporations an opportunity to meet one-on-one with top minority suppliers.

    This year, America's biggest corporations are expected to spend almost $100 billion buying goods and services from minority-owned businesses. Industry research confirms that minority suppliers are the fastest-growing segment of today's business landscape, making the BOC an ideal event for business development. "We expect the fine example of business and civic leadership set by our prominent corporate members and certified minority businesses to motivate other corporations and entrepreneurs to join us in ensuring the success of our economy," said Farad Ali, Carolinas MSDC interim president.

    Ali said this year's BOC focuses on appreciating achievements, accelerating and innovating business, and exceeding expectations. By looking back on the past, businesses can appreciate and understand where they've come from and then use that experience as a springboard toward future accomplishments. To learn more about the Business Opportunity Conference, visit Carolinas MSDC online at: or connect on Facebook at

    The Carolinas MSDC is a non-profit corporation chartered to enhance business opportunities for minority-owned companies by providing support through developing mutually beneficial networking opportunities with corporate members and promoting minority business development. For more information or to schedule an interview with CMSDC Board members, corporate members or guest speaker Ed Gordon, contact V.K. Fields & Co. Public Relations at (919) 829-5951 or e-mail

    SOURCE Carolinas MSDC