About

About the Expo

The WRMSDC Expo is the most successful, largest, and longest running Minority Business Expo in Northern California.  Suppliers, buyers, and corporate representatives from across California, Nevada, and the nation participate in strategic networking, workshops, matchmaking, and the generation of wealth and economic growth.  Traditionally, more than 300 Corporate Member representatives, Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), and affiliates attend each year.

Event Details

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. PT
South San Francisco Conference Center
255 South Airport Boulevard,
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Directions – Parking is free

Agenda

Exhibitors

Check back for updates!

ACS Group / AIC
AgreeYa Solutions
American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California
Apple
Associated General Contractors of California
AT&T
ATR International, Inc.
Brocade
BusinessAdvising.org
Caesars Entertainment
California Public Utilities Commission
California Water Association
Chevron
Comcast
CSAA Insurance Group
Cupertino Electric, Inc.
Export Import Bank of the US
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
GARCIA & GURNEY, ALC
Google, Inc.
IBM
ICE SAFETY SOLUTIONS INC.
Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership @ JFK University
Johnson & Johnson
Kaiser Permanente
KPETI SYSTEMS
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Lockheed Martin Space Systems
McKesson Corporation
MGM Resorts International
Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
Mosaic Global Transportation
NAWBO-SFBA
ORACLE
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Playground Studios
RCI Associates
ROBERT HALF
Rose International, Inc.
Saama Technologies
Safeway / Albertsons
Saitech Inc
SBM
SearchPros Solutions
SOUTH COAST PAPER
Southwest Gas
Sumnu Marketing
UNION BANK
US Small Business Administration
VAOPTO
Way To Be
World Wide Technology
WRMSDC
Zones

For Booth Exhibitors

Booth Displays: You may bring booth displays. However, all displays must not exceed your 10×10 display booth area or you will be asked to remove them.  All booths come with a 6’ table, 2 chairs, a trash can, signage, table linen and skirting, back wall drape, and side rails.  In-booth electricity can be purchased by calling Cindy from Rossi Event & Expo Company at 510-436-7500.  In-booth carpet is not available, as the tradeshow will be carpeted.

 

Booth Setup Times: August 15 (12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) and August 16 (6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.).  Rossi Event & Expo Company, a WRMSDC Expo vendor, can offer you for-purchase additions for your booth and booth services on-site from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on August 15.

 

Freight Shipping: Rossi Event & Expo Company can provide you with shipping to and from the Expo.  Call Cindy at 510-436-7500 for details.

Registration

 

Special Note: The Department of Energy, the California Public Utility Commission, and WRMSDC will be co-hosting Renewable Energy and Emerging Technologies Sessions in conjunction with the Expo.  Please see our Agenda for details.

Matchmaking

About Matchmaking

Matchmaking will take place in the popular dine around format, minus the dining. Corporate buyers will meet at roundtables with up to 4-8 suppliers per session. At the end of the session, suppliers will change tables. WRMSDC will post the room layout with numbered tables and buyer locations prior to the Expo. WRMSDC will also offer a separate Connections Area, an informal networking section for unscheduled meetings to take place throughout the day.

Questions?

Contact matchmaking@wrmsdc.org for any Matchmaking-related questions.

Participating Corporate Buyers (check back for updates)
  • AT&T
  • Brocade
  • Caesars Entertainment
  • California Water Association
  • Comcast
  • Comerica
  • CSAA Insurance
  • Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Genentech
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Liberty Utilities
  • McKesson Corporation
  • MGM Resorts International
  • NASA Ames Research Center
  • ORACLE
  • PG&E
  • River City Bank
  • Robert Half
  • Southwest Gas
  • State Compensation Insurance Fund
  • Texas Instruments, Inc.
  • Union Bank
  • VMWare

Workshops

Joint Venturing & Strategic Alliances Workshop

Sponsored by HP

Learn about the formation of strategic alliances, partnerships, and equity strategic alliances in order to grow your business and leverage new opportunities.

Melinda Garcia, Esq., Shareholder, Garcia & Gurney, ALC
melinda_garcia Melinda Garcia is a shareholder and leads the transactional practice group at Garcia & Gurney, ALC. She has practiced in the areas of business and employment law since 2000.

 

Increase Your Construction Management IQ Workshop

Sponsored by Turner Group Construction

This review of construction management fundamentals will heighten your awareness of trade resources that impact efficiency and result in a larger profit margin.

LaTanya L. Hawkins, Chief Executive Officer, Turner Group Construction
latanya_hawkins LaTanya L. Hawkins has catapulted Turner Group Construction from $2M in annual revenue to $12M over the past 6 years. La Tanya’s global approach has allowed Turner Group Construction to negotiate contracts that incorporate City, County, and State initiatives promoting construction, training, and personal sustainability. These efforts have resulted in the establishment and successful operation of the Construction Resource Center; a center promoting the education and growth of small businesses, students, and tradespersons while positively impacting the economic development of the communities in which she serves.

 

Len D. Turner, Chief Financial Officer, Turner Group Construction
len_turner As Turner Group Constructions’ Chief Financial Officer, Len has utilized his degree in Business Administration and experience in General Construction to transition Turner Group Construction from residential to commercial projects and property development. As a former Chairman of the National Association of Minority Contractors-Northern California Chapter, Len also partnered to re-establish the chapter. As a result, minority contracting opportunities increased for its membership. Additionally, Len’s efforts include co-operating an unprecedented Contractors Resource Center that provides trade-specific resources to grow capacity.

 

Access to Capital Workshop

Sponsored by Bank of America

A panel of experts will share information on multiple funding options, both traditional and alternative. This workshop is designed to address the needs of both large-scale companies and small businesses, from Class 1 suppliers (less than $1M in annual sales) to Class 4 suppliers (greater than $50M in annual sales).

 

REETS Sessions

Click here for the REETS Sessions Agenda

Supporters

Our Expo would not be possible without the generous support and advocacy of our Annual Premier Members and Special Event Partners.
Expo Partners
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RH
ibm
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Premier Members
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Contact Us

About WRMSDC

The Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council provides the only nationally-recognized Ethnic Minority Business Certification in Northern California, Nevada, and Hawaiʻi and connects certified Minority-owned Business Enterprises (MBEs) with WRMSDC Corporate Members, including many of America’s largest publicly-owned, privately-owned, and foreign-owned companies, as well as universities, hospitals, and other buying institutions.

Leveraging our more than 36 years as an industry expert in minority business enrichment, development, and impact, we offer minority businesses support from certification to technical trainings to exclusive MBE-to-MBE and corporate procurement events. We offer Corporate Members access to our Northern California, Nevada, and Hawaiʻi database of certified minority suppliers with diverse industries, specializations, and capacities.

For general questions:
events@wrmsdc.org

For matchmaking questions:
matchmaking@wrmsdc.org

For questions about sponsorships & Expo support:
christine@wrmsdc.org

For questions about Program Ads & Expo marketing:
events@wrmsdc.org

Cecil Plummer
Cecil Plummer
President
Christine Liwai Garcia
Christine Liwai Garcia
Vice President
Rose Davis
Rose Davis
Director of Corporate Services & MBE Development (Nevada)
Rosemary Wetzel
Rosemary Wetzel
Director of Certification

Nino Fernandez
Nino Fernandez
Multimedia Developer
Chantel Miller
Chantel Miller
Certification Assistant

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