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MEDWeek | Minority Enterprise Development Week Virtual Procurement Forum

On Demand
Until Oct 01
Topic: Government Contracting


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This event is FREE to attend however, pre-registration is REQUIRED.

Small businesses across the state are welcome to participate and learn more about diversity sourcing!

The MEDWeek Virtual Procurement Forum fosters small business partnerships between various federal, state and local entities and disadvantaged or underrepresented small, minority, service-disabled veteran-owned, veteran-owned, 8(a), HUBZone, and women-owned businesses.

Participating firms will have the benefit of hearing directly from procurement representatives and small business specialists from government agencies on how to research procurement opportunities, how to market their products/services, and how to apply for disadvantaged business certifications.

Representatives from:

  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Tennessee Department of General Services
  • Tennessee Governor's Office of Diversity Business Enterprise (Go-DBE) Program
  • Tennessee Department of Veteran Services
  • Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
  • Tennessee Lottery
  • Scientific Games Corporation
  • IGT Solutions Inc.
  • Buntin Group
  • Tennessee Uniform Certification Program (TNUCP)
  • Top Companies for Supplier Diversity

Who Should Attend this FREE Webinar?

Any Tennessee small businesses considered to be disadvantaged or underrepresented small, minority, service-disabled veteran-owned, veteran-owned, 8(a), HUBZone, and women-owned businesses.

What do top companies purchase from minority contractors?

Call center services, graphics, printing, computer systems, facility maintenance, flowers, paper products, IT professional services, office supplies, staffing solutions, market research consulting, direct mail services, signage, printers and copiers, iPhones and accessories, telephone headsets, benefits brokerage services, furniture and fixtures, intern programming, TV and video animation, radio, newspaper, professional speakers and trainers, promotional items, sponsorships, talent sourcing for production, motor vehicles, and MORE!

Speaker(s): Welcome remarks by Kayla Miller, Associate State Director - Tennessee Small Business Development Center Lead Center; Rafael Borjas, Diversity Business Liaison - Tennessee Dept. of General Services; Alonda McCutcheon, Executive Vice President & General Council - Tennessee Lottery; Darryl Scherer, Small Business Liaison - Tennessee Department of Veteran Services; Jutta Bangs, PTAC Counselor - UT Center for Industrial Services/PTAC; Jacqueline Merritt, Economic Development Specialist - TN SBA ...

Co-Sponsor(s): Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE); Kingsport Chamber; East Tennessee State University.

This ZOOM live webinar is a view-only platform where the attendees cannot see each other, and the Host cannot see the attendees. An in-meeting chat is provided for attendees to send messages to the Host and other users within the meeting. Client confidentiality is of paramount importance to us. Except where a Client consents in writing or as directed by SBA per the statute (15 U.S.C. §648(a)(7)), TSBDC is not permitted to disclose any Client Information to a third party (or share such information with other units of the organization not directly involved in the conduct of this project). The cooperative agreement between KOSBE and East Tennessee State University is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Additional funding is provided by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the state of Tennessee. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Please contact Madison Smith -; 400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 100, Kingsport, Tennessee 37660.

Fee: No Cost

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