GNEMSDC Newsletter, September 6, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Note From Peter F. Hurst, Jr., GNEMSDC President & CEO
2016 Business Opportunity Conference and Expo

Good Morning, 

I hope you had a restful holiday weekend because it is time to get to work!

The 2016 edition of our Business Opportunity Conference and Expo starts on Wednesday and continues on Thursday. The theme for the Expo this year is "Corporations and MBEs Connecting for Growth: A Win-Win". Given our theme, our mutual goal for the Expo should be for our certified MBEs to make connections with our corporate members and with other MBEs that lead to contracts and increased revenue. The workshops should provide our MBEs and corporate members with the intellectual capital to make these connections fruitful. Our matchmaking sessions and the Expo itself should provide meaningful opportunities to learn what our MBEs are selling and what our corporate members and MBEs are buying. Our Shining Star reception will allow us to celebrate an MBE and a corporate member who have successfully navigated this terrain. And, our keynote speakers-Jabes Rojas and Bill Jennings-are leaders who are influencing transformative change in Massachusetts and Connecticut, respectively. The opportunity to make connections that lead to revenue growth will continue on Friday with our Golf outing. A large number of golfers have signed up for this event. We hope you find numerous opportunities to connect with other, and trust that you will be able to master the beautiful and challenging golf course at the Mohegan Golf Club.

I look forward to seeing you this week. Our MBEs (and the communities they operate in) need more business, and the wealth, jobs and tax revenue that will be created by that additional business. So, let's get to work!!!  


Peter F. Hurst, Jr.
President & CEO
GNEMSDC Business Opportunity Conference & Expo
Wednesday & Thursday, September 7 - 8, 2016
Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd, Uncasville, CT


Online registration has closed - You may still register for the Business Opportunity Conference and Expo on site!

The GNEMSDC Business Opportunity Conference & Expo will take place on Wednesday, September 7th and Thursday, September 8th at Mohegan Sun in CT.

The two day conference will be comprised of exhibitions, corporate and MBE workshops, one-on-one matchmaking sessions, remarkable speakers and much more. Additionally, there will be over 100 minority businesses and corporate members showcasing their products, services and solutions.
Here is the preliminary program:
Wednesday, September 7th
6:30 am Registration begins at 6:30 and runs throughout the day
7:30 am - 8:45 amPower Breakfast
9:00 am - 10:30 am  Corporate Diversity Dialogue
9:00 am - 10:30 am  Growing Your Business: Inorganic Growth versus Organic Growth
10:30 am - 10:45 amBreak
10:45 am - 12:00 pmThe Road to Developing a Strategic Partnership between MBEs and Corporate Partners 
12:00 pm - 1:45 pmLunch featuring Jabes Rojas
 2:00 pm - 4:00 pmOne-On-One Matchmaking Session
2:00 pm - 8:00 pmExhibitors' Booth Set Up
 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Shining Star Awards Reception
Thursday, September 8th
6:30 amRegistration begins at 6:30 am and runs throughout the day
7:00 am - 10:00 amExhibitors' Booth Set Up
7:30 am - 8:45 amBreakfast
8:45 am - 9:45amBear's Den
9:55 amExpo Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
10:00 am - 12:00 pmExpo Morning Session
12:00 pm - 1:30 pmLunch featuring William M. Jennings
1:30 pm - 3:30pmExpo Afternoon Session
3:30 pm - 6:30pmExhibitors' Booth Break Down

Hotel Accommodations - the deadline to reserve a discounted room has passed. To book rooms at Mohegan Sun for a standard rate please click here.

2016 Keynote Speakers
We are excited to announce this year's Keynote Speakers! Jabes Rojas, Deputy Chief of Staff for Access & Opportunity serving in the Office of the Governor will present on Wednesday, andWilliam M. Jennings, President & CEO of Bridgeport Hospital, and Executive Vice President of Yale New Haven Health System will present on Thursday. 

Jabes Rojas was appointed by Governor Baker as Deputy Chief of Staff for Access & Opportunity serving in the Office of the Governor. In this capacity, he leads the strategic efforts on personnel diversity and procurement diversity for the Commonwealth. Jabes has a record of establishing and growing innovative, win-win partnerships between major employers, leading non-profits and government institutions while convening the investments of millions of dollars towards these partnership ventures.

Click Here for his complete bio.

William M. Jennings was appointed President  & Chief Executive Officer of Bridgeport Hospital and Executive Vice President of Yale New Haven Health System, effective October 1, 2010. Prior to joining YNHHS, Bill served as the President & Chief Executive Officer of SSM St. Mary's Health Center, a 582-bed urban teaching hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, and President of the SSM St. Louis Heart Institute, both of which are part of the $2.6 billion SSM Health Care System.  During his tenure there, the hospital markedly improved patient and physician satisfaction, increased community engagement and enhanced financial performance.  

Click Here for his complete bio.

2016 GNEMSDC Shining Stars

James Linehan
Senior Director of Budget, Procurement and Real Estate, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA

Amar Kapur
President and CEO
Aimtek, Inc. 
GNEMSDC Supplier Diversity Golf Classic
Friday, September 9, 2016

Mohegan Sun Golf Club, 7 Dows Lane, Baltic, CT

Hotel Accommodations - The deadline to book discounted rooms has passed. To book a hotel room at Mohegan Sun for a standard rate click here

Registration for this event has closed. 
U.S. SBA Surety Bond Guarantee Program Webinar 
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

On Wednesday, September 7, the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a Surety BondGuarantee Program Webinar: Open the Door to Bonding. This webinar will discuss the following:
  • What are Contract Bonds and why are they required?
  • Potential Bonding Capacity
  • Maximizing Surety Credit
  • How SBA Can Help Your Business Get Bonded
  • And much more!

This Webinar is ideal for small businesses that have:
  • Limited Financial Resources
  • No Prior Bonded Work Experience
  • Been in Business less than three years
  • Been Previously Denied Bonding 
  • Want to Increase Current Contract Bonding Capacity 

When:     Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST 

Who:       The Webinar will be hosted by Tamara E. Murray - Marketing Underwriting Specialist,
U.S. SBA's Surety Bond Guarantee Program 

Where:    The Webinar can be accessed using this link

Note:       Registration is not required. Access the webinar 5-10 minutes prior to the start
               time. Click or copy the link above into your browser to attend

For more info and to learn how to access the webinar by phone, view the event flyer 
Workplace Success Group Webinar: Managing Diverse Teams 
Thursday, September 15, 2016

On Thursday, September 15, Workplace Success Group will host a complementary 30 minute webinar on Managing Diverse Teams. This webinar will discuss the following:
  • What diverse means and why being inclusive is more effective
  • 3 Strategies to build bridges before you need them
  • How to spot and avoid common traps in managing diverse teams

When:  Thursday, September 15, 2016, 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EST 

Who:    The Workplace Success Group Webinar will be hosted by Cecilia Carter, Consultant at Workplace                   Success Group LLC and Former VP of HR Communications at PepsiCo and Karen Hinds, CEO of                    Workplace Success Group LLC

To register, click here - Can't make the session? Sign up anyway to receive a recording! 

Any additional questions? Email Workplace Success Group at

Doing Business with DCAMM 
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

On Wednesday, September 21, the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance will host a workshop on Doing Business with DCAMM. This is a great opportunity to learn more about DCAMM's project pipeline and the contractor certification process.

When:     Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM                             

Where:     Armand P. Mercier Community Center
 21 Salem Street
 Lowell, MA 01854
Note:       Register by September 20. Click Here to register! 

For more info, download the event flyer 
Upcoming Events

The following events are available and designed specifically for MBEs to learn about procurement opportunities and other information that benefit business growth:
  • September 7- 8, 2016 - GNEMSDC Business Opportunity Conference & Expo; Mohegan Sun,
    1 Mohegan Sun Blvd, Uncasville, CT 06382; Attendees may register on-site
  • September 7, 2016 - U.S. SBA, Surety Bond Guarantee Program Webinar: Open the Door to Bonding; 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST; To view event flyer and access webinar link, Click Here
  • September 9, 2016 - GNEMSDC Supplier Diversity Golf Classic; Mohegan Sun, 7 Dows Lane, Baltic, CT, 06330; Registration for this event is now closed. 
  • September 15, 2016 - Workplace Success Group Webinar: Managing Diverse Teams; 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EST; To register, Click Here
  • September 15, 2016 - 50th Anniversary, "After Five Attire", Greater New Haven Business and Professional Assoc. Inc., Anthony's Ocean View, 450 Lighthouse Rd., New Haven, CT. For more information Click Here 
  • September 21, 2016 - Doing Business with DCAMM Workshop; 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; Armand P. Mercier Community Center, 12 Salem Street, Lowell, MA 01854. To register, Click Here
  • September 28, 2016 - MA Office of Business Development Small Business Resource Fair; 10:00am - 3:00pm; Reggie Lewis Center, 1350 Tremont St, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120. RSVP
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