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VIRGINIA BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY FAIR OFFERS WEALTH OF OPPORTUNITIES TO MINORITY BUSINESSES

 MCLEAN, Va., March 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Virginia Business Opportunity Fair 1994 will provide minority businesses and major corporations with just about everything they need to develop successful business relationships, Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) said. The two- day event will be held May 10-11 at the Richmond Centre and the Richmond Marriott.
 The fair is an annual event sponsored by the Virginia Regional Minority Supplier Development Council (VRMSDC) to promote partnerships between minority businesses and corporations or government agencies. Minority entrepreneurs are given the chance to market their products and services to a large, diverse audience. Corporations and government agencies find opportunities to enhance their minority purchasing programs, increase their competition, and broaden their supplier base.
 "The Virginia Business Opportunity Fair is the premiere business opportunity conference on the East Coast," asserts VBOF 1994 chairman James F. McGuirk, II. "Our mission, minority business development, fosters competition, enhances productivity, and allows us many purchasing opportunities. Everyone can benefit from the wealth of opportunities available at the VBOF." James F. McGuirk, II is President of the Federal Systems Division of Unisys Corporation.
 The first day of the event will present a wide array of workshops, meetings, and training opportunities. Workshop topics will include mentor/protege programs, quality programs for small businesses, and non- traditional purchasing led by renowned experts in their respective areas.
 The second day of the event will be a trade show with more than 140 exhibitors including corporate and government buyers, as well as minority exhibitors entrepreneurs. In addition, businesses can identify current and future contracting opportunities posted by corporate and agency exhibitors on the fair's "bid board." Additional information on each solicitation will be available at the appropriate exhibit booth.
 "Attending VBOF can be the single most strategic marketing effort a minority company can make," says Adele Johnson-Crawley, president of VRMSDC. "During the two day event, minority entrepreneurs can talk with more buyers than they might otherwise meet in a year."
 Through the various educational and networking activities, a minority company can expose itself to hundreds of new business opportunities by the end of the conference. This event offers a great opportunity to form new partnerships and to learn about private sector contracting requirements. For more information, contact the VRMSDC at 804-780-2322.
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 /CONTACT: Jacqueline K. Page of VRMSDC, 804-226-3000, or Laura Overstreet of Unisys, 703-556-5899/
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