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State to highlight contracting opportunities for minority, women-owned businesses

The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) is hosting a day-long conference and networker August 16 to connect minority- and women-owned businesses in Mississippi to procurement opportunities available at state agencies.

The event, Access Mississippi, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex, 105 Pascagoula St.

Gov. Phil Bryant emphasized that Access Mississippi is an important component of the State of Mississippi’s efforts to achieve greater diversity in contracting and “ensure Mississippi’s many qualified minority- and women-owned businesses are aware of contracting opportunities available at the state level and of the steps businesses must take to successfully compete for these opportunities.”

The event will include informational sessions regarding state procurement guidelines and purchasing requirements, as well as sessions focusing on specific types of contracting opportunities, such as those related to the construction of state facilities and contracts with the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

Additionally, procurement staff from numerous state agencies, colleges and universities exhibit at the event, which is designed to provide ample networking opportunities for those in attendance.

MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen said dozens of agencies are signed up to exhibit at the event, and he expects more signups in the coming days. “This event will not only be beneficial to Mississippi’s small contractors and sub-contractors pursuing new or expanded business opportunities, but it will also assist state agencies looking for qualified vendors to meet their purchasing needs,” he said.

There is no cost to attend the conference, and there is no fee for state agencies interested in exhibiting at the event. Lunch will be provided to conference attendees. To register, visit http://mississippi.cvent.com/accessmississippi2012.


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