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SCMBDC's 40th Annual Minority Business Opportunity Day to Be Held Feb. 17 in Industry Hills.

MBOD 2009 features seminars, a business fair, appointments with corporate buyers, and representatives from the world's largest high-tech companies

LOS ANGELES -- Southern California Minority Business Development Council (SCMBDC) is holding its 40th annual Minority Business Opportunity Day (MBOD) on February 17 at the Pacific Palms Conference Resort, One Industry Hills Parkway in Industry Hills.

MBOD 2009 offers minority businesses access to corporate representatives, seminars and workshops featuring procurement professionals from major corporations and organizations, networking opportunities at the business opportunity exhibit fair, and more. Last year, more than 1,000 corporate representatives and minority suppliers attended the event.

"Small and minority business owners are especially feeling the pinch of this recession," says John W. Murray, Jr., president of the council. "But for the price of just $35, they can meet corporate buyers and decision makers from major corporations, learn how to get in the door with these businesses, and, ultimately, become more successful. Every year, attendees tell us it's a worthwhile way to spend the day."

The event will also include a panel discussion on "How to do business with the high-tech industry," featuring procurement executives from Apple, HP, Microsoft and Oracle. Panelists include: Lance Hyde, supplier diversity program manager, global procurement, Oracle; Fernando J. Hernandez, supplier diversity director, Microsoft; Maurice Webb, supplier diversity manager, corporate procurement, Apple, and Brian Tippens, supplier diversity manager, HP.

MBOD 2009 - one of the largest events of its kind in the western United States -- will be held from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The registration fee is $35 per ticket for suppliers and includes a continental breakfast, a buffet lunch and participation in all MBOD activities, including the business fair and one-on-one, by appointment only, events. Registration is available online at www.scmbdc.org. Onsite registration is also available for $50 per ticket.

Appointments with Corporate Buyers

This year's event will again feature brief one-on-one appointments where suppliers have an opportunity to meet with procurement professionals from major corporations. The appointments are designed to strategically match minority suppliers with buyers and decision makers in a variety of industries.

Participating corporations include The Walt Disney Company and The Boeing Company. To participate in these interviews, complete the one-on-one participant registration information on the council's web site, www.scmbdc.org. Only businesses that have received confirmed interview schedules will be able to participate in this popular activity. Interviews are based on a first-come first-served basis with corporate members so register early. To better "match" corporate participants, business owners should identify their primary products and services on the registration form.

Business Opportunity Exhibit Fair

More than 400 corporate representatives, purchasing and procurement staff members are expected to be on hand to meet with minority suppliers face-to-face and provide information on how to get "in the door" with their companies. For participating suppliers, it's also a great opportunity to showcase products and services to countless major corporations for a minimal cost in a corporate relationship-building environment.

Sponsors to date include: (title sponsor) Toyota Motor Sales; American Honda Motor Co., Inc.; British Petroleum (BP); Southern California Gas Company; Hilton Hotels Corporation; Southern California Edison; American Airlines; ConocoPhillips; Los Angeles Department of Water & Power; Kaiser Permanente; Macy's West; Northrop Grumman Corporation; The Boeing Company; The Walt Disney Company, and UPS.

Exhibitors include: California Water Association; Los Angeles World Airports; Port of Los Angeles; The Port of Long Beach; Acro Services Corporation; Specialized Marketing Services, Inc.; 1st PMF Bancorp; Aldelano Packaging Corp.; American Indian Chamber of Commerce; Apple; Asian Business Association; ASV, Inc.; BCF Capital; China Herbs Int'l, LLC; California Public Utilities Commission; Custom Cable; Ergonomic Comfort Design; Halliburton Company; HP; Johnson & Johnson-Lifescan; MBE Magazine; Microsoft; Miller Brewing Company; Oracle; Pacific Palms Resort; Redapt Systems, Inc.; RJT Compuquest, Inc.; Robert Half Internatinoal; Software House International (SHI); Southwest Gas; State Farm; Turner Construction, and Valley Economic Development.

The exhibit fair will be open from 11:50 a.m. to 4 p.m. For exhibitor information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Shawn Smith, (213) 689-6940, or ssmith@scmbdc.org.

Southern California Minority Business Development Council, the region's largest nonprofit minority business advocacy organization, serves more than 1,100 minority business enterprises and 200 corporate members throughout 13 counties. Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Los Angeles, it is one of 39 regional councils in the National Minority Supplier Development Council network. For information about SCMBDC, visit www.scmbdc.org or call (213) 689-6960.
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