The City of Pensacola in Florida, the Gulf Coast Minority Chamber of Commerce and the Office of Supplier Diversity will hold the Pensacola Supplier Diversity Exchange at the Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center in February 2019. The event will provide opportunities for minority businesses to obtain certification from the state’s Office of Supplier Diversity which will allow them to compete for state and federal contracts. Minority business owners can also promote their products and services directly to several government agencies including the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Florida Lottery.
There will be a panel discussion with representatives from Escambia County, the city of Pensacola, the University of West Florida and the Escambia County School District on how minority business can work with the local government. It will be followed by another panel with representatives from the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on doing business with the military.
Gulf Coast Minority Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Bryan Wyer says women, veteran and minority business owners should take this opportunity to promote their business to state agencies for free, network with others and learn business strategies. He also explains that businesses certified by the Office of Supplier Diversity are prioritized by state agencies seeking to include supplier diversity in their purchase order and contract opportunities.