Miami, Florida — Jan. 4, 2019 — Black Professionals Network (BPN) announced a strategic partnership with Florida State Minority Supplier Diversity Council (FSMSDC) and Miami Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to aid black professional business owners within BPN in enhancing business growth.
Minority businesses are vital to South Florida’s economic growth and closing the gap
Small minority businesses make up 46% of South Florida’s businesses (versus 6% nationwide). South Florida ranks third nationally in Hispanic business ownership and has the largest number of black-owned businesses in the state. This partnership increases the support that business members within the Network can receive.
The first joint event, Your Resource Partners to Profits, will be on Jan. 24. Attendees will receive an overview of the service offerings provided by FSMSDC and MBDA. The event will provide insight on how to become a certified MBE to do business with corporations through FSMSDC, whose membership includes companies such as AT&T, Coca-Cola, Disney and American Airlines. In addition, attendees will learn how to take advantage of the business coaching and technical assistance support the MBDA Business Center provides; they will also hear how they can receive bid and procurement opportunities.
The event takes place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Miami Business Development Resource Center located at 9499 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 204, Miami, 33138. This event is free, but registration is required at www.mybpnetwork.eventbrite.com.
About the Black Professionals Network
The Black Professionals Network (BPN) is a nonprofit leadership and professional development organization. BPN’s mission is to shrink the achievement gap by developing motivated and goal-oriented black professionals into industry-ready leaders for the organizations and communities they serve. BPN provides programming, resources and opportunities for those individuals to advance their goals and form a collaborative network under the guiding principle “together each achieves more.” For more information, visit www.mybpn.org
About the FSMSDC
The Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing access and growth for minority businesses in Florida. The organization’s goal is to increase purchasing from minority businesses by government entities and corporations while increasing MBEs’ operating capacity through hands-on business assistance, training, and access to technology and capital resources. Founded in 1975 in Southern Florida (formerly named the Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council—SFMSDC) and expanded to cover all of Florida in January 2016, it is one of 23 regional councils affiliated with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). The FSMSDC acts as a liaison between corporate America and Minority Business Enterprises in the state of Florida. For more information, visit www.fsmsdc.org
About Miami MBDA Business Center
The Miami MBDA Business Center assists eligible MBEs in growing their businesses and competing in domestic and global markets. The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce, leads federal government efforts to promote the growth and global competitiveness of America’s growing Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) community. Through MBDA’s services, MBEs are better equipped to create jobs, contribute to local economies and sustain America’s position as a world economic leader. For more information, visit www.mbdamiamicenter.com.
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