2022 Business Conference

Presented by Delta Faucet Company

Join us July 11th and 12th when this year's conference returns to the Indiana Convention Center.

Gateway to Opportunities

As Central Indiana corporations and organizations committed to creating strategies to level the playing field, this conference will offer real and meaningful opportunities for black, brown, women, veterans and disability business owners.  Come meet and hear from key decision-makers about DEI initiatives and multi-million dollar contracting opportunities.  Learn tips from established executives and business owners on how to insert yourself into high-level conversations for contract negotiations.

Keynote Speakers

Indiana Governor
Eric Holcomb

Indianapolis Mayor
Joe Hogsett

City-County Council President
Vop Osili

The 2022 Business Conference will include:

  • an address by Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett;
  • workshops on city, federal, and state contracting opportunities;
  • a welcome from Indianapolis City-County Council President Vop Osili;
  • a report on Indiana findings on contracting opportunities for disadvantaged businesses; and
  • an address by Governor Eric Holcomb.

Schedule

Schedule

 

Mayor’s Breakfast:  

This breakfast includes business development, diversity highlights, award recognition and networking opportunities for more than 200 business owners and guests.

Speaker: Mayor Joe Hogsett, City of Indianapolis 

Emcee: Rafael Sanchez, Co-Anchor and Lead Field Reporter for Good Morning Indiana, WRTV 

Time: Check-in begins at 8:00 AM; 8:30AM-10:15AM; Check-in begins at 8:00AM 

Cost: Invitation Only 

Location: Indiana Convention Center, 500 Ballroom  

Sponsors: Delta Faucet, Cummins, WRTV, Carrier, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Department of Administration, AT&T, Indianapolis Airport Authority, National Black MBA Association – Indianapolis Chapter, Key Bank, Ice Miller, Central Indiana- Small Business Development Center and First Financial Bank.

 

City of Indianapolis Project Pipeline – 2022 Opportunities and Beyond 

In this workshop, information regarding several upcoming multi-million-dollar projects with numerous contracting opportunities for the Minority/Women/Veteran and Disability-Owned Business community will be provided. 

Details and opportunities on several projects involving Indiana University Health, Indianapolis Airport Authority, Eskenazi Health, and Citizens Energy Group will be shared.

Facilitator: Akilah W. Darden, Director of Design and Construction-Diversity and Inclusion, Indiana University Health 

Presenters: Jennifer Osei-Abebrese-Heltsley Program Director, Indiana University Health Design & Construction; Holli Harrington, Director of Supplier Diversity, Indianapolis Airport Authority; Meechelle Parker, Manager-Supplier Diversity Program/Purchasing; Angela Smith Jones, Vice-President-Diversity and Inclusion, Health and Hospital Corporation; Angela Westerhaus, Procurement Manager, Turner Construction Company 

Time: 10:30 AM -12:00 PM
Location: Indiana Convention Center – Room 231

Sponsors: Delta Faucet, Cummins, WRTV, Carrier, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Department of Administration, AT&T, Indianapolis Airport Authority, National Black MBA Association – Indianapolis Chapter, Key Bank, Ice Miller, Central Indiana- Small Business Development Center and First Financial Bank.

  

How to Exude Presence and Power – “Walk, Talk and Look Like a CEO” 

This 90-minute interactive  workshop will include a panel of multi-generational, well-established business leaders who will share tips on how to exude power, position and poise; how to lead with empathy to maximize the return on human capital (staff); how to elevate your conversation to be perceived as a strategic thinker and leader; how to get people to ask you if they can follow-up for more information about your company; and how to insert yourself and get invited into existing high-level conversations at key networking events. 

FacilitatorJean Poole, Founder and President, E Cubed Performance, LLC    

Presenters: Jimmie McMillian, Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Corporate Counsel, Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Deborah D. Oatts, President and Co-founder of Nubian Construction Group; Charles D. Lee, CEO, Lee Infinite Solutions; Marshall Williams, President, Williams Distribution, LLC; Thresette Briggs, SHRM-SCP, DDI, Chief Performance Officer, Performance3

Time: 12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: Indiana Convention Center Room 232
Sponsors: Delta Faucet, Cummins, WRTV, Carrier, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Department of Administration, AT&T, Indianapolis Airport Authority, National Black MBA Association – Indianapolis Chapter, Key Bank, Ice Miller, Central Indiana- Small Business Development Center and First Financial Bank.

Diversifying Indy’s Procurement Ecosystem 

A conversation with the Business Equity for Indy Procurement Roundtable. The BEI Procurement Roundtable aims to increase the launch, growth, and success rates of Black-owned enterprises and create a culture of transparency and accountability where supplier diversity is a priority for all leaders and is better embedded in an organization’s business. 

Moderator: Akilah Darden, IU Health, 38th & Sheridan Project 

Panelists: Stacia Murphy, Director of Equity, Outreach, and Strategic Partnerships, Indy Chamber; Tonya Sisco, Executive Director, CARES Diversity Initiative, Cummins; Brandon Gatson, Supplier Diversity Manager, Purdue University; Nicole Kearney, Winemaker/Founder, Sip & Share Wine 

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: Indiana Convention Center Room 233
Sponsors: Delta Faucet, Cummins, WRTV, Carrier, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Department of Administration, AT&T, Indianapolis Airport Authority, National Black MBA Association – Indianapolis Chapter, Key Bank, Ice Miller, Central Indiana- Small Business Development Center and First Financial Bank.

 

Disparity Study – What Does It Mean, What’s Next? 

The Indiana Department of Transportation and the Indianapolis International Airport, in conjunction with BBC Research & Consulting, partnered to conduct their 2022 disparity study.  A public presentation of the results gathered from the in-depth study and the opportunity for public participation will be provided.  

Presenter: Dr. Sameer Bawa of BBC Research & Consulting 

Time: 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Indiana Convention Center Room 234
Sponsors: Indiana Department of Transportation and Indianapolis Airport Authority.

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Tuesday, July 12th 

 

XBE to DBE Workshop – What It Takes to Access Federal Contracts 

This workshop will educate diverse companies on the federal Disadvantaged Enterprise Program (DBE). What does the DBE certification entail and how can it benefit your company?   Come and find out about 12 – 36 months of federal project pipeline opportunities from the Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development, Indianapolis Department of Public Works, Indy Go, Indianapolis Airport Authority, and Indiana Department of Transportation.  

Welcoming Remarks: Vop Osili, City-County Council President 

Facilitator: David Fredricks, Director of the Office of Minority and Women Business Development, City of Indianapolis 

Panelists: Rusty Carr, Deputy Director, Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development; Indianapolis Department of Public Works; Laura Barton, Capital Facility Project Manager, Indy Go; Holli Harrington, Sr. Director of Supplier Diversity and Diversity Manager, Indianapolis Airport Authority; Chelci Hunter, Supplier Diversity Program Manager, Indianapolis Airport Authority, Indy Go; Sean Howard, Supportive Services Coordinator Lead, Indiana Department of Transportation  

Time: 9:30 AM -11:00 AM
Location: Delta Faucet, Cummins, WRTV, Carrier, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Department of Administration, AT&T, Indianapolis Airport Authority, National Black MBA Association – Indianapolis Chapter, Key Bank, Ice Miller, Central Indiana- Small Business Development Center and First Financial Bank.

 

Finding State Contracting Opportunities 

Each year, the State of Indiana awards millions of dollars in state contracts to meet the needs of government agencies. The biggest question you may ask yourself is where to find these contracting opportunities. The information is publicly available; however, it may be overwhelming to try to find it. The purpose of this webinar is to simplify the process and get you started. During this 90-minute workshop, our panel will show you where to find contracting opportunities. Don’t miss out on preparing to meet your opportunity! 

Facilitator:Kesha Rich, Director of Certification, IDOA Division of Supplier Diversity  

Presenters: Chari Burke, Chief Administrative Officer, Indiana Department of Natural Resources; Chris Jeffers, State Director, Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center;  Gregory Wilson, Executive Director, Indiana Civil Rights Commission; Sean Howard, DBE Business Development and Outreach Manager, Indiana Department of Transportation; Bob Grossman, Director of Public Works, IDOA, Public Works Division. 

Time: 11:15 AM -12:45 PM
Location: Indiana Convention Center Room 232
Sponsors: Delta Faucet, Cummins, WRTV, Carrier, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Department of Administration, AT&T, Indianapolis Airport Authority, National Black MBA Association – Indianapolis Chapter, Key Bank, Ice Miller, Central Indiana- Small Business Development Center and First Financial Bank.

 

“Supplier Diversity Pulse Check! Higher Education Institution’s Business Opportunities!” 

This workshop brings together decision-makers and procurement officers from the largest college and universities in the state. Hear about existing and upcoming multi-million dollar projects and procurement opportunities from university representatives. Learn what it takes to tap into the current or future opportunities that exist with our SEI’s. Get all your questions answered and find out who you should be approaching to do business with Indiana’s state universities. 

Facilitator: Richard J. Wise, Director of Supplier Diversity, Indiana University  

Presenters: Roger Hassenzahl, Director of Purchasing Services, Ball State University; Brandon Gatson, Supplier Diversity Manager, Purdue University; Michael Morrison, Director of Purchasing and Risk Manager, Diversity Spend Program Manager, Vincennes University; Marcus D. Bickle, Executive Director of Strategic Sourcing, Ivy Tech; Dillon Glover, Director of Procurement, Dillon Glover, Director of Procurement, Indiana State University; Jeff Span, ’98 M’04, Director of Procurement, University of Southern Indiana
Time: 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: Indiana Convention Center Room 233
Sponsors: Delta Faucet, Cummins, WRTV, Carrier, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Department of Administration, AT&T, Indianapolis Airport Authority, National Black MBA Association – Indianapolis Chapter, Key Bank, Ice Miller, Central Indiana- Small Business Development Center and First Financial Bank.

  

Governor’s Awards Reception 

This reception acknowledges the outstanding achievement of African Americans throughout the State of Indiana. These awards recognize some of the community’s unsung heroes who work tirelessly for the advancement of all Hoosiers. The Governor will present awards to recipients in the following categories: Sam Jones Trailblazer; Reverend Charles Williams Community Service; Achievement in Education; Achievement in Business; Entrepreneurship; “Next Level” Award; and Harold O. Hatcher Award. 

Keynote Speaker: Governor Eric Holcomb
Time: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Indiana Convention Center, 500 Ballroom 

Sponsors: Indiana Civil Rights Commission, and FSSA, Indiana Department of Administration

Cost: Invitation Only

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