Companies from diverse interests looking to grow and improve their skills come together at USF event on October 28 I USF News

Hundreds of minority-owned businesses with the goal of growing their business, learning about future sourcing opportunities, and growing their network will attend a free, one-day event hosted by the University of South Florida the Friday October 28.

USF’s fifth annual Supplier Diversity Day will expand this year to become the university’s largest such symposium yet, featuring 15 educational sessions and panel discussions designed to help companies move at the top level. Topics will cover areas important to becoming a more successful business, such as advice on tendering, accessing more capital, technology and future legislation that may impact small businesses.

Various vendors, businesses, and nonprofits in attendance will also hear updates on major USF projects, such as the on-campus stadium. USF employees who attend will be able to build new relationships and open opportunities to a more diverse group of suppliers.

Hosted by USF’s Office of Supplier Diversity in partnership with the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Business Enterprise Council Florida, USF’s Florida Small Business Development Center, and the Office of Supplier Diversity of the State of Florida, the event takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marshall Student Center on the USF Tampa campus.

“The University of South Florida is strongly committed to supporting diverse businesses in the Tampa Bay area,” said Terrie Daniel, assistant vice president of USF’s Office of Supplier Diversity. “This event offers minority business owners a wealth of knowledge, tools and resources to help them grow and achieve even greater success.”

Since USF launched an enhanced supplier diversity initiative several years ago, it has added a variety of programs to support local businesses, including a luncheon and learning series for staff and faculty at USF to educate them on supplier diversity best practices, a diverse supplier-focused business empowerment series, and a mentorship program. This month, the Office of Supplier Diversity received a 2022 Business Impact Award from the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council. The award recognizes organizations that make a difference in the community through civic, philanthropic and volunteer initiatives.

For more information on USF Supplier Diversity Day, including registration details, click here.

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