Schedule & Programming

The Minority Business Conference’s theme is
Connect! Collaborate! Succeed! ​


Attendees will explore various industries, tactics and partnerships for exciting new solutions and opportunities to drive MBE growth. Session titles include Supplier Diversity Roundtable: Advancing Supplier Diversity in Today’s Challenging Environment; MasterClass: How to Mastermind; Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Business Development and more, you will not want to miss!


Attendees will maximize their time together, creating lasting business relationships and sharing key resources. The invaluable information will strengthen the value proposition of everyone’s business and diversity program. Join us as we find collective power in sessions such as CPO Roundtable; The Titans: MBEs Doing Amazing Things; and Opportunities with The Walt Disney Company, FPL, Cleveland Clinic & The ODP Corporation.


Attendees will meet with top business minds from various industries to discover dynamic blueprints to navigate today’s business landscape. Sessions will include Effective Strategies to Do Business with Government – The Biggest Buyer in the World; Doing Business with Amazon and more. Whether you’re a corporation, MBE or other partner, you’re sure to benefit from these workshops.

Event Highlights


The highlights of the Minority Business Conference are the General Sessions and Wednesday’s Welcome and Breakfast Keynote featuring, Travis Montaque, Co-Founder & CEO, Group Black. In these sessions, you will get key insights from incredible experts while connecting with buyers and key decision-makers to grow and learn more about the Council.

Use the conference to rev up your network with a unique cross-section of minority entrepreneurs, large corporations and government agencies. With these new relationships come opportunities for new ventures and growth.

Welcome & Breakfast Keynote Session
Wednesday, May 22 | 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM ET

Masterclass: How to Mastermind
Wednesday, May 22 | 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM ET

CPO Roundtable
Thursday, May 23 | 12:30 PM – 1:10 PM ET

The Titans: MBEs Doing Amazing Things
Thursday, May 23 | 1:20 PM – 2:00 PM Et

Wednesday, May 22  | 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

Thursday, May 23 | 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM ET


Seize the opportunity to meet with buying decision-makers. Participate in one or both days, but register in advance. There will be no appointment registrations once the conference begins. All appointments will be managed on a first come, first serve basis.

Each appointment will be 10 minutes long, with a five-minute buffer between appointments. All matchmaking buyers and suppliers will receive their schedules ahead of time, and the schedules will include the full list of approved participants.


The Marketplace – B2B Exhibitor Fair

B2B Exhibitor Fair – The MarketPlace is where the pulse of industry beats strongest, where a unique cross-section of minority entrepreneurs, large corporations and government agencies create new relationships, ventures and opportunities for growth. It’s where partnerships that shape the future are forged. This year, companies will showcase their products to attendees who are interested in meeting you.

Stoll through to browse and connect. Explore the diverse products and services from exhibitors.

The Marketplace – B2B Exhibitor Fair
Thursday, May 23 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET


Health & Wellness Zone
Wednesday, May 22 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET &
Thursday, May 23 | 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET

Mastermind Speed Coaching
Wednesday, May 22 | 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

Networking Lunch
Wednesday, May 22 | 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET

Business Consultations
Wednesday, May 22 | 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET &
Thursday, May 23 | 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM ET

Loans: The Business Consortium Fund
Wednesday, May 22 | 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET &
Thursday, May 23 | 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM ET


Spend your time engaging in dynamic workshops and Supplier Diversity Roundtables. As a business owner, corporation and other professional, you will discover the tools and resources to scale and grow your business.

Whether in a single-presenter talk or a panel discussion, you will gain valuable insights on various industry topics from leading experts, business consultants and loan professionals. You will walk away with far more business knowledge and skill than you had going in!

Kick off each day by visiting the Health & Wellness Zone, a powerful space open to all attendees. Rejuvenate in one of the massage chairs or other activities. If you need a quiet place to think, check out a powered solo work pod.

Take advantage of the Mastermind Speed Coaching and step into a transformative coaching session inspired by the timeless principles of Think and Grow Rich and How to Start and Run a Successful MasterMind Group.

And remember the breaks between each session! This time is a powerful opportunity for casual networking. Or, on day two, mix it up with a stop by the makeup and professional headshot sessions or have a warm cup of delicious café from Enticing Coffee.


After a fulfilling first day of soaking up info and participating in the Super Matchmaker One-on-One Appointments, kick back and have some fun! The evening’s event is a great opportunity to make new connections and reenergize current ones. Wednesday evening in Fort Lauderdale will be packed with opportunities.

Wrap up your first day with a true South Florida reception organized by the FSMSDC MBE Input Committee. Dance to the sounds of the Council’s DJ Mack and enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres. Deepen your new relationships with corporate members, sponsors, minority business owners and other professionals to carry the conference’s momentum into the coming months.

The dress for this evening is business attire.
We cannot wait to see you there!

Meet & Greet Welcome Reception
Wednesday, May 22 | 5:00 PM -7:30 PM ET
NSU Levan Center of Innovation