Direct Connect

EXPO 2017 Direct Connect

Direct Connect enables MBEs to “see” and “be seen” by exhibitors of their choice within the EXPO Marketplace on November 30th 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 ten (10) corporations and agencies they are interested in doing business with. Click here to view exhibitors list.
  • Provide HMSDC with a professional one page company capability statement. Submit to Lloyd Wright via e-mail at
  • 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 2017 by November 17th to be considered for Direct Connect.


For more information, please contact Lloyd Wright via e-mail at