Direct Connect

EXPO 2016 Direct Connect

Direct Connect enable MBEs to “see” and “be seen” by exhibitors of their choice within the EXPO Marketplace on October 6th, 2016 at the George. R. Brown Convention Center.

Direct Connect allows MBEs to notify exhibitors, in advance, of their plans to visit their booth at EXPO in an effort to cultivate, establish and develop meaningful business connections.

The Process:

  • MBE must be registered for EXPO!
  • MBEs select a maximum of 10 (ten) corporations and agencies they are interested in doing business with. View exhibitors list on the website at
  • Provide HMSDC with a professional one page company capability statement. Submit to
  • HMSDC will forward the information to the selected corporations or agencies to disseminate to their representatives who will be attending EXPO.

Direct Connect prepares the exhibitor in advance of the type of MBEs who will be visiting their booth. MBEs find this strategy effective because their visit becomes more than just a random “walk by” at EXPO. The process provides new contacts, strengthens existing relationships, and ultimately increases business opportunities.

MBEs must be a certified MBE in good standing with HMSDC and registered for EXPO 2016 by September 16th, 2016 to be considered for Direct Connect.

For more information, please contact Melody Pahlavan at