LET THE SHOW BEGIN—Sponsor, board members and participants of the 37th Annual Business Opportunity of the Western Pennsylvania Minority Supplier Development Council cut the ribbon to start the event. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)


After successfully sponsoring their annual Business Opportunity Fair last month, the board and staff of the Western Pennsylvania Minority Supplier Development Council are planning the quarterly meeting of their affiliate, the National Minority Supplier Development Council July 15 through 18.

“We are pleased and look forward to hosting a productive meeting and bringing council presidents, board chairs, MBEIC chairs and the NMSDC executive Staff to our city,” said Alexander Nichols Jr., president and CEO of WPMSDC. “Pittsburgh is considered one of the best places in the world to visit by National Geographic Traveler Magazine and we are happy to show our affiliate members why that is. I am so delighted to have NMSDC visit Pittsburgh. This is their first visit since we hosted the National Meeting in 1998.”

The Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, one of the areas four Diamond Hotels will serve as the meeting space with the Leadership Reception taking place at the Savoy Restaurant and the Welcome to Pittsburgh Reception at PNC Park.  Over 100 leaders in minority business development from across the country are expected.

The WPMSDC, celebrating 41years, is one of 36 regional councils of the NMSD which is considered one of the nation’s leading business membership organizations. With the slogan to certify, develop, connect and advocate, the WPMSDC mission is to advance business opportunities by certifying and connecting minority business enterprises to corporations and buying entities.

With the goal to assist its members and participants in its 37th Business Opportunity Fair to turn contacts into contracts, the event consisted of the morning keynote address by Pennsylvania State Legislator Jake Wheatley; the luncheon keynote address by Marquis Miller, vice president of field operations for the NMSDC; and seminars and exhibits of more than 50 major corporations and public agencies. Approximately 300 attendees participated in the event throughout the day.  

Wheatley said during his tenure in office he has been working for the inclusion of minority and women business enterprises in state government.

“I believe in access and inclusion for all Pennsylvania small businesses,” he said.

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