TIME FOR BUSINESS—Alexander “Nick” Nichols, President and COO of EMSDC surrounded by his board members and attendees of the Annual Business Opportunity Fair cut the ribbon making the day official. (Photos by Diane Daniels)

On time delivery of products or services, build relationships, be proactive and be consistent are key factors that were shared during a panel discussion at the Eastern Minority Supplier Diversity Council’s annual Business Opportunity Fair.   .

“Today’s event marks 38 years of connecting Minority Business Enterprises with public agencies and corporations,” said Alexander “Nick” Nichols, president and COO of EMSDC.  “The four pillars of the Council are to certify, develop, and connect and to advocate. The Opportunity Fair is just one example as to how we connect and provide pertinent information.”

Considered the largest minority business trade fair in the region, this year’s event, comprised of minority-owned businesses, corporations, associations and government organizations featured Dr. Curtiss Porter; Chief Education and Neighborhood Reinvestment Officer for the City of Pittsburgh during the breakfast and a panel discussion  during lunch. Bill Flanagan of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development served as the breakfast emcee and Lance Hyde of the EQT Corporation facilitated the afternoon panel.

Porter revealed that Mayor William Peduto’s vision for the region is to turn Pittsburgh into Americas’ next great American city. He said for that to happen there has to be a diverse and inclusive perspective on whom we are. “We have to be diversified and inclusive on a world-wide scale and the administration is attempting to do so through my department by focusing on small business and neighborhood development, education and workforce development, faith-based and non-profit organizations and housing.”

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