Know Before You Go

EXPO Business Opportunity Marketplace – The EXPO Business Opportunity Marketplace (EXPO) is Texas’ largest minority business trade-fair. The two-day virtual conference consists of different avenues to access, develop and connect with business owners. The intent of EXPO is to assist exhibitors in identifying MBEs, HUBs and Small Businesses capable of meeting the product and service needs of corporations and governmental entities. From the MBE perspective, the conference provides a forum whereby minority-owned businesses can identify current business opportunities and processes among major corporations and key governmental agencies, and where they can be exposed to resources and people available to assist them. MBEs/HUBs and Small Businesses should come prepared to provide the information and assistance necessary to help spur increased business interest for minority and small business firms.

 

PRE-EXPO

 

EXPO Preparation Seminars – Preparing for EXPO is very important in order to maximize your experience during this virtual event. The EXPO Marketplace Preparation Seminars are designed to assist exhibitors and general attendees with insight into how to obtain results, make meaningful connections and have successful follow-up conversations with the people you will met during the two-day conference. Seminar dates: October 20 from 1 PM -2:30 PM and November 3 from 9 AM to 10:30 AM.

 

NOVEMBER 18th – DAY 1

 

Spot Bid Fair- The Spot Bid Fair, sponsored by Senators Borris Miles and Carol Alvarado focuses on state agencies that are looking to do business with historically underutilized businesses (HUBs). With the inclusion of the Spot Bid Fair, HMSDC is providing opportunities for smaller entrepreneurs that are interested in doing business with state agencies to be considered for contracts. All interested general attendees will have an opportunity to compete for bid awards and network with state agencies and educational institutions.

The Rigel Awards– The Rigel Awards brings exhibitors together with general attendees to receive genuine recognition for their continued support and contribution to the development of minority businesses. The Rigel Awards are HMSDC’s most prestigious awards that recognizes those Corporations that are setting new standards and establishing best practices for corporate supplier diversity programs and those MBEs who are providing best in class service to their corporate customers.

The Marketplace – Buying institutions attend EXPO looking for suppliers who can provide their organization quality goods and services. General attendees attend EXPO to present their products and services to the exhibiting buying entities. The tradeshow exhibit hall (“The Marketplace”) is a great opportunity to procure, promote and potentially meet your next client!

Biz Talk featuring Houston Business Journal – Experience how HMSDC and the Houston Business Journal are driving thought leadership and discussing business growth trends. This session is centered around the discussion of how to accelerate business growth by removing barriers to corporate partnerships with small and medium sized companies. Biz Talk connects you with the leaders and information needed to understand how to best position your business to participate in the small business ecosystem in the city of Houston.

Emerging 10 Awards – The Emerging Ten (E-10) Award is presented to ten of HMSDC’s prominent emerging minority owned businesses during a special recognition ceremony. MBEs are selected based on their company’s growth, ability to overcome business challenges and their community involvement. Award winners share how they emerged to be

 

NOVEMBER 19th – DAY 2

 

Spot Bid Fair- The Spot Bid Fair is a focus on state agencies that are looking to do business with historically underutilized businesses (HUBs). With the inclusion of the Spot Bid Fair, HMSDC is providing opportunities for smaller entrepreneurs that are interested in doing business with state agencies to be considered for contracts. All interested general attendees will have an opportunity to compete for bid awards and network with state agencies and educational institutions.

The Rigel Awards– The Rigel Awards brings exhibitors together with general attendees to receive genuine recognition for their continued support and contribution to the development of minority businesses. The Rigel Awards are HMSDC’s most prestigious awards that recognizes those Corporations that are setting new standards and establishing best practices for corporate supplier diversity programs and those MBEs who are providing best in class service to their corporate customers.

The Marketplace – Buying institutions attend EXPO looking for suppliers who can provide their organization quality goods and services. General attendees attend EXPO to present their products and services to the exhibiting buying entities. The tradeshow exhibit hall(“The Marketplace”) is a great opportunity to procure, promote and potentially meet your next client!

Villages–A subset of exhibitors will be grouped together on the Marketplace floor according to their specific industry segments. These“villages” are created to allow better collaboration and strategy development when general attendees visit the Marketplace. The villages are aerospace, construction, energy, financial services, healthcare, resource row,state agencies/educational institutions and transportation/logistics. (Note – additional industries will be represented outside the villages on the Marketplace floor)

20/20 Insight Forum – The 20/20 Insight Forum conducted with State Agencies participating in the HMSDC’s Spot Bid Fair. All general attendees interested in bidding on opportunities should attend this session to learn more about the participating agencies. The Spot Bid Fair is sponsored by Senators Borris Miles and Carol Alvarado and provides opportunities for smaller entrepreneurs that are interested in doing business with state agencies to be considered for contracts.

Best-In-Class Reception – The Best in Class reception is sponsored by certified MBEs of the HMSDC. The reception provides the opportunity for MBEs to recognize and thank our sponsors and exhibitors that support supplier diversity and minority business development. Connect with industry leaders, corporate participants, and MBEs in a multitude of virtual chats rooms including group and private chats.

The Networking Lounge –Take yourself out of the exhibiting rotation and further your discussion in a virtual lounge that allows you to see all attendees and dialogue with through public and private chats.