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2015 MBE

2015 Lexington Bluegrass Area Minority Business Expo

July 29 and 30

Wednesday, July 29th

WHERE:  Lexington Convention Center

 10 am to 2 pm                                                         Exhibitor Move In

2-5 pm                                                                       Registration

3-3:30 pm                                                                 Welcome by Conference Chair, Marilyn Clark,

                                                                                    Mayor Jim Gray

5-6 pm                                                                       Opening Session:  Andre Taylor — “How to Win: Right Here, Right Now

5-6 pm                                                                       Book Signing with Andre Taylor

5:30 – 6:30 pm                                                        EXPO Reception (FREE & Open to the Public)

 Thursday, July 30th

 7:30 am – 12:30 pm                                               Registration

7:30 – 8:30 am                                                         Continental Breakfast

8:30 -8:50 am                                                          General Session

9 – 10 am                                                                    Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Creative Financing for Your Business
  • Under Construction:  How to find Local, State and Federal Projects
  • Youth:  The Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
  • In the Interest of Women
  • Cyber Safety
  •  Business Sessions in Spanish

10- 10:30 am                                                              Networking Break/Visit Exhibitors

10- 10:30 am                                                              Networking Break/Visit Exhibitors

10:30 – 11:30 am                                                        Concurrent Breakout Sessions (repeated)

11:30 am – 12 pm                                                       Networking Break/Visit Exhibitors

12 pm                                                                           Seating for Luncheon

12:15-1:45 pm                                                            Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Derek Anderson

2 pm                                                                            Book Signing with Derek Anderson

2 – 3 pm                                                                      Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • SBA Emerging Leaders Program
  • Business Start-ups
  • Business Start-ups (In Spanish)

2 – 4 pm                                                                        Business Opportunity Exchange


sba-logo-op_original_cropSOURCE:  SBA

Entrepreneur’s Edge

This one-day business-changing event features many of Sacramento’s seasoned business experts.  Join us for interactive workshops, mastermind breakout sessions and a diverse business financing panel.

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Location:  The Sutter Club, 1220 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Cost: $125 (NAWBO Members) or $150(non members)


sba-logo-op_original_cropSOURCE:  SBA

State Contracting Department of General Services Certification Lab

 Date:  Wednesday, July 22, 2015 from  9:30 am to 11:30 am

Location:  2000 O Street, Suite 250, Sacramento, CA 95811

Cost: FREE

Parking: Free in lot across 20th Street between the house and bar and metered street parking.

Interested in winning contracts, or selling goods and services to the State?

Get Certified!

The State of California strives to make doing business with the state as easy as possible. The eProcurement system provides one location to advertise procurement opportunities. This workshop presented by the California Department of General Services will provide hands-on technical assistance for on-the-spot online certification to get certified as a California Small Business Enterprise supplier. Information on procurement and contracting opportunities with the State of California, California Department of Transportation, California Public Utilities and other reciprocity partners will be shared. All businesses are welcome.

Materials Required for on-the-spot certification:

1.      Applicant/Affiliate Federal Tax Returns for the past three (3) years

2.      Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) (if applicable)

3.      Secretary of State Number (if applicable)

4.      Home address of Officers, Member/Manager and Partners

5.      Social Security Number (if sole proprietor)

6.      Dunn & Bradstreet Number (if applicable)

7.      Contractors State License Board Number (if applicable)

8.      DD-214 and proof of service-connected disability (if applicable)


This event targets the following types of businesses: local, small, veteran, woman, and minority-owned businesses. But this workshop is open to the public. Seating is limited, please register early.

Instructed by Wayne Gross, Procurement Division, Department of General Services

Registration Link:

sba-logo-op_original_cropSOURCE:  SBA

Structure your Business as an LLC

 Date:  Tuesday, July 21, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Location:  2000 O Street, Suite 250, Sacramento, CA 95811

Cost: FREE

Parking: Free in lot across 20th Street between the house and bar and metered street parking.

Join us to learn how to properly form and maintain an LLC; what gives it legal standing and how that relates to tax savings, asset protection and fringe benefits for the owners. Improperly formed or maintained entities will not provide these benefits.

We will discuss:

·   Reasons to operate as an LLC

·   Legal structure

·   Legal governance

·   LLC tax structures

·   Proper formation

·   Compliance and maintenance

·   Tax reduction strategies

·   Staying under IRS radar

·   Recordkeeping to win an IRS audit

·   and more

Instructed by:

Randy Roth, owner and principal of Incompass Tax, Estate & Business Solutions. Randy is a tax, estate & business consultant practicing in the areas of tax preparation and planning for individuals, businesses, estates, trusts and non-profit organizations. He advises in the formation of business entities, corporate compliance matters, real estate holdings and non-profits—as well as in their on-going maintenance. His focus encompasses the BIG picture, considering issues involving aging, asset protection, and estate planning.

Registration Link:

sba-logo-op_original_cropAttend Business Seminars and Workshops – July 13th to July 24, 2015

San Francisco Classes

Legal Entity Choices for Our New Economy 7/20 – Monday 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Sole proprietorships, general partnerships, LLC’s, many different types of corporations, newer alternatives like co-ops and triple bottom line entities for socially responsible businesses:  how do you make a good legal entity choice for your business?  Did you know that the legal protection of corporations and LLC’s is NOT automatic? If they don’t pass certain tests, you may end up with nothing but a cool business name and a false sense of security.  This workshop walks you through a decision process to help you decide what legal entity choice is best for your business plans.  Although taught by an experienced business attorney, this class does not constitute legal advice.  Presented by the San Francisco Community Business Law Center. 

Hiring and Retention of Employees 7/21 – Tuesday 9:00 AM – 12Noon $45 – Improve your chances of hiring someone that’s well suited for your organization and learn ways to retain excellent employees.

Be the Boss – Business Buying & Selling Options and Resources 7/21 – Tuesday 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM $35 – A two-hour course designed to give you essential tools to meet your goals for buying or selling a business or franchise. You will learn proven techniques perfected over 30 years of transactional experience. Whether you are buying or selling a business our experts will provide you with the tools and go-to resources to maximize your chances of success.

How to Become a Small Business Professional (Paid) Speaker 7/21 – Tuesday 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Learn how to start a small business as a professional (paid) speaker and make money doing it.

Top 7 Characteristics of Successful Business Owners 7/21 – Tuesday 6:00 PM – 8:00PM Ever wonder what makes a small business owner successful?  Looking at companies of 1 – 25 people, a pattern emerges: the owners share traits that allow them to be flexible and bold.  Interested in learning more about what these characteristics are?  This informative presentation the volunteer presenter reviews these characteristics, diving into each characteristic in-depth. You, as a business owner, will have the opportunity to try these characteristics on, seeing which ones you currently employ and which ones you’d like to adopt.  This is highly interactive presentation, so come prepared to ponder and discuss!

Contracts Among Small Business Co-Owners 7/22 – Wednesday 6:00 PM – 8:00 PMSharing the burdens of launching and operating a business with co-owners in a partnership, LLC, corporation, or co-op can be rewarding, even life-saving.  It can also be one of the riskiest business and legal moves you ever make.  Disputes among the co-owners of closely held small businesses over business decisions, money, or time commitments can seriously harm the value of the business you have worked so hard to build. Even without disputes, how do you prevent one owner’s death, disability, family leave, divorce, personal financial woes, or decision to leave the business from shutting you down?  Although taught by an experienced business attorney, this class does not constitute legal advice.  Presented by the San Francisco Community Business Law Center.

HUBZone and Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program Certifications 7/23 – Thursday 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM This workshop will explain provisions of the HUBZone Program and the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program.  Eligibility requirements, application and certification will be explained.

SBA 8(a) Business Development (BD) Certification Workshop 7/23 – Thursday 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM This workshop is for small firms owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals interested in being certified for SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program.

Choosing a Retirement Solution for Your Small Business 7/23 – Thursday 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM A Benefits Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) will provide a presentation focused on choosing a retirement solution for your small business.  To ensure a financially secure future, it is critical to make the right choices.  The U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration can help you start today.

Doing Business with Cisco Systems 7/23 – Thursday 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM This seminar will focus on how to be successful in offering your products and services to Cisco Systems.  We’ll discuss Cisco’s Supplier Diversity program and look at technologies for small growing businesses.

For Your Information

Cloud Support for Small Business Growth 7/22 – Wednesday 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM, Pleasanton, CA Cloud-based software services now enable small business owners/managers to tap technologies previously available only to large companies with deep pockets who could afford big on-site costs.  Our panel of experts will share how to tap the cloud without breaking the bank and take your small business to new heights.FREE to attend but pre-registration is required to guarantee your seat as space is limited. Cloud Support for Small Business is part of the 2015 Tri-Valley Small Business Assistance series which is designed to provide information and support to small businesses and startups in the Tri-Valley region. The series kicked off with the “Small Business Resource Fair” in Livermore last May 1; “Cloud Support for Small Business Growth”, on July 22nd is the 2nd part in the series; and “Meet the Lenders” will be the final part of the series which will be held on Thursday, October 8, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the Dublin Shannon Community Center, 11600 Shannon Ave, Dublin, CA.  For more information call Emily.navarra@sba.govor email at To register: Location:  Pleasanton Library Community Meeting Room, 400 Old Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton, CA  94566

SBA Linc Connecting Borrowers with SBA Approved Lenders. 

Migration to EMV Chip Card Technology and Your Small Business Beginning on October 1, 2015, the liability for card-present fraud will shift to whichever party is the least EMV-compliant in certain fraudulent transactions.  Learn more by visiting title link above.

myRA: A Retirement Savings Option for Small Businesses  Small businesses now have a new way to help their employees save for retirement. The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently introduced myRA (my Retirement Account), a new retirement starter savings account that is simple, safe and affordable for both employers and their employees. It was created for employees who do not have access to a retirement savings plan through work including part-time, seasonal, temporary and contracted employees. Visit the myRA (my Retirement Account) website for more information about how myRA can help your employees and how to participate.

SOURCE:  Who’s Who Louisville

1979689_640527969357625_3820071819339910222_nOur mission is to provide a friendly platform in the African-American community for information sharing and relationship building for opportunities to enhance careers, businesses and lifestyles.

Who’s Who Louisville: African-American Profiles will be-sponsoring a series of networking events designed to connect the accomplished, affluent and influential African-American trend-setters,  torch carriers, business and community leaders and professionals in our community.

The first event of the series will simply be entitled “Who’s Who Louisville.”

Our goal is to establish connectivity for follow-up networking events designed to enhance individual and business growth. Future events and sessions will include continued networking, tapping into expanded resources, group round tables, one-on-one meetings and more.

This is your opportunity to connect and stay connected.

Thursday July 30, 2015 | 5:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M

Live Entertainment featuring

Louisville Songbird Sheryl Rouse

The Ramada Plaza

9700 Bluegrass Parkway 

Louisville, KY 40299 


This is a Free Event Sponsored by



2015 Northwest Indiana Business Conference

August 14, 2015
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (CST)

Business Is Booming In  Northwest Indiana!

Come Be Apart Of It!

Indiana Toll Road Concession Co. says it will invest $130 million into pavement rehabilitation projects.

How are you going to get a piece of that?

The Division of Supplier Diversity is having a

 “Doing Business With:…” Workshop.

Indiana Toll Road Concession Co. and Majestic Star Casino are just a few of the big names coming to tell you about their process for procuring goods and services and upcoming contracting opportunities.

Come get the inside scoop and gain the competitive edge for your business.


2015 TriState Minority Supplier Development Council (TSMSDC) Marketplace of Opportunities.


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