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Published on October 7th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


CVMSDC to Host 9th Annual MBE Summit

Pictured: 2014 Minority Business Enterprises Development Summit. Photo by Calvin Reese, Millennium Magazine

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council will host its 9th Minority Business Enterprises Development Summit on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, at the Michelin Conference Center (MC2) in Greenville, South Carolina. Participating minority business owners will be able to pitch their products and services to potential corporate clients onsite during the daylong event, which connects MBEs with purchasing professionals. A total of 20 MBEs will be given time to share their presentation with an audience of corporate members seeking business opportunities and fellow MBEs. One MBE will be selected to receive a complimentary set of four Michelin tires, a free corporate mentoring session, and free admission to the 2016 CVMSDC Business Opportunity Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition, minority business owners will be able to apply for a week-long executive management training program at a selected school of business as part of the Executive Education Scholarships, sponsored by Denny’s and CVMSDC. The MBE Development summit is sponsored by Michelin, Bi-Lo and Greenville Health System. Registration details are available online at

Additional highlights of the event include networking activities and access to business development information such as: a) Adopting proven skills and strategies to accelerate business growth; b) Considering partnerships, collaborations and joint ventures as growth models; c) Combining education and economics to enhance core capabilities; and d) Understanding current market trends and related business opportunities. The 2015 MBE Development Summit luncheon speaker will be Dr. Gwendolyn Whitfield, associate professor of Management at the University of North Carolina Asheville, where she teaches Strategic Management and Business Ethics.

Eric Watson, CVMSDC president and CEO, said, “The keys for any successful business are access and opportunity. Our annual MBE Development Summit provide both of those components in a manner that is consistent with the needs, goals and objectives of our corporate members and minority business owners to achieve mutual success and results.”

The Carolinas-Virginia MSDC is a non-profit corporation chartered to enhance business opportunities for minority-owned companies by providing support through developing mutually beneficial networking opportunities with corporate members and promoting minority business development. To learn more about CVMSDC or to register for the MBE Development Summit, visit online at


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