On behalf of the Black Business Association (BBA) Board of Director members and Officers we extend a very warm welcome to the 12th Annual BBA Procurement Exchange Summit and Networking Reception. It is an exciting time for the BBA as we continue to motivate major organizations to broaden procurement opportunities for black owned and operated business enterprises.
The BBA’s Annual Procurement Exchange Summit coincides with the National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week decisively to promote opportunities to help expand, maintain and initiate the growth of black-owned business enterprises. The BBA is confronting a time of various economic changes and to sustain a positive level of responsiveness we continue to bring inspired people together in forums like this, to ensure that our BBA members remain at the cutting edge of conducting business.
Global competitiveness of black business enterprises is clearly important; equally the BBA is also seriously concerned with domestic business interchange to ensure economic development of inner cities and distressed communities. Intrinsically, local economic development begins with personal interface and exchange of detailed information, where contract engagement advances business growth activating new job opportunities that can work to improve quality of life for many.
In view of that, the BBA Procurement Exchange Summit is vital for everyone involved to work together to build capacity of supply chain management to best incorporate black owned and operated business enterprises. Since this exchange matters toward job creation, an affirmative outcome is solely dependent on public and private sector organizations presenting the whole story related to procurement and professional services contracting opportunities.
For this reason, unlike previous procurement exchange programs, this year we elected to forego the celebrated entrepreneur’s recognition awards luncheon, and by this means broadening the time available for sellers to interface with buyers and those who influence the contracting engagement process. In view of this program enhancement, you are clearly encouraged to attend a series of informative workshops to effectively advance buyer-seller exchange on goods and services administration — Corporate Partners’ Panel Discussion, Operation Capacity Building, METRO Opportunities, and Networking Reception.
Our personal respect and thanks goes out to all of you for attending this exchange as small business owners are truly our economy’s greatest asset today and tomorrow, and we could not accomplish what we do without your support and expertise. Furthermore, we are extremely appreciative of the 2015 Procurement Exchange Summit and Networking Reception sponsors that include Southern California Edison, Wells Fargo, Time Warner Cable, City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Sempra Energy – Southern California Gas, Los Angeles World Airports, Golden State Water Company, Comerica Bank, Northrop Grumman, US Bank, Verizon, METRO, Small Business Administration, and AEG.
Throughout this conference, we ask you to stay engaged and down to business by proactively shaping the future of the BBA’s longstanding advocacy for the increased utilization of black owned business enterprises. Enjoy yourself in making new contacts and we earnestly hope your business prospers immensely from the 12th Annual BBA Procurement Exchange Summit and Networking Reception!
Gwen Moore, Chairperson Earl Skip Cooper, II, President and CEO