8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Registration – Michelin Conference Center
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM Continental Networking Breakfast
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM Opening remarks CVMSDC & Michelin
MC for day – Vanessa V. Matthews
Workshop I – R.F.P.’s 2.0 – Responding For Profit
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Responding to RFP’s
10:35 AM – 10:45 AM BREAK
Workshop II – Show Me the Money!
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Access to Capital – Corporate Panel Discussion
Moderator Herbert Drayton, II – President & CEO Vertical Holdings

  • James H. Sills – M&F Bank
  • G. Winston Smith – NMSDC Business Consortium Fund, Inc.
  • Cindi Rourk – Charleston LDC
  • Will Manning – Bank of America
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM LUNCH
Workshop III – Real Talk
12:15 AM – 12:30 PM
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Business Fitness – MBE Panel Discussion
Moderator LaSonya Berry – President McPherson, Berry & Assoc. Keynote Address – Michelin

  • Ryan Burkett – STRATAGON
  • Ron Cary – Tilt
  • Colon Abraham – CMA Services
  • Doug Harris – Kaleidoscope
1:30 PM – 1:40 PM BREAK
Matchmaking
1:45 PM – 3:45 PM (Certified MBE’s Only)
15 Minute Sessions
Breakout Sessions
1:45 PM – 3:45 PM Effective Use of Technology to Acquire Customers

  • Alex Moore/Stratagon
1:45 PM – 3:35 PM MBE to MBE Search

  • Marjilette Brown/CVMSDC
4:00 PM Departure