Thursday, October 21, 2010

Racine conference to help minority and women-owned businesses

The Mayor’s Office of Strategic Partnerships and the Community Economic Development Corporation (CEDCO) will host a symposium entitled “What Certification Can Do for You” on Tuesday, November 2, from 7:30 – 11:30 am, in the Racine Building of the Gateway Technical College campus – 1001 S. Main Street.

The goal of the event is to increase the number of certified minority and women-owned businesses in the Racine community.

“As we continue to build new businesses in Racine we discovered there was a void among minority and women-owned businesses,” said Mayor John Dickert. “This partnership will fill the void by creating opportunities for more women and minority-owned businesses.”

The conference will begin with registration and a continental breakfast from 8:30 – 9:00 am. Mayor Dickert and Randy Luter, Executive Director of CEDCO will then welcome participants. Keynote speaker – Nelson Soler, Chief Solutions Officer of the Multicultural Entrepreneurial Institute, Inc. will make a presentation from 9-9:30, followed by a 15-minute break.

A panel discussion from 9:45-10-45 will be held on the topic: What Can Certification Can Do for You – The Importance of Being Certified! Panelist expected to participate include E. Aggo Akyea – Business Director of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, Bureau of Minority Business Development, Ossie Kendrix – Manager of the Emerging Business Enterprise Program Department of Administration, City of Milwaukee, Phil Hill – Owner of Diversified Security Solutions, LCC, and Maria L. Campbell - Corporate Director of Diversity at SC Johnson.

The program will close with a question and answer period. Interested participants should RSVP by Tuesday, October 26 by contacting or or call 635-8908.

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