One Southern Indiana will host the annual Minority & Women Business Owners Conference in Clarksville next month. Business owners and exhibitors from Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky are expected to attend. This year's event will feature keynote speaker Willie Billingslea, Jr., the owner of Budget Services & Supplies.

May 15, 2015

News Release

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – On June 3, business owners and exhibitors will gather at the Clarion Hotel Conference Center Louisville North in Clarksville, Ind. for the annual Minority & Women Business Owners Conference hosted by One Southern Indiana. Attendees are expected to arrive from throughout Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky.

Unlike any event in this region, the conference is open to all business owners and targets minority, woman, disadvantaged, and veteran-owned entities along with organizations seeking to do business with these groups. The event’s annual MatchMakers session is a highly-anticipated portion of the conference bringing attendees back from year-to-year for valuable contract opportunities.

New to the conference this year are the Diversity Awards, which will honor businesses who demonstrate outstanding dedication toward ensuring all people live and works in an environment of equality, respect and fairness. Also honored will be businesses that are leading examples of excellent disadvantaged, minority-owned, women-owned and veteran-owned businesses. The award ceremony will take place during the luncheon.

The conference also features a wide range of other activities from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Full registration includes a Kick-off breakfast with Keynote speaker Willie Billingslea, Jr., the awards luncheon, admission to the exhibit hall, a MatchMakers session, and workshops. Attendees may also attend two of the four offered workshop sessions which will feature a variety of topics including customer service strategies, time management skills, marketing for a small business and communicating your story with conviction.

Any disadvantaged businesses certified by accredited agencies should plan to attend the MatchMakers session. During this session, certified business owners will meet directly with procurement directors and supplier diversity managers from both government and corporate sectors

To learn more, apply for the Diversity Awards or register for the Minority and Women Business Owners Conference, please visit www.1si.org or call 812-945-0266. Full registration for individuals is $80. And registration for the luncheon only is $40. One Southern Indiana membership is not required for participation. Exhibit space ranges in price from $125 to $150 and includes all conference activities for two people. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

To date, the Minority and Women Business Owners Conference is proudly supported by the following sponsors:

Clarion Hotel Conference Center Louisville North

LG&E and KU

Time Warner Cable Business Class

Ingrid Design

Kentuckiana Broadcasting

New Age Communications

Bennett and Bennett Insurance

Charles Schwab – Mike Johnson

DMLO CPAs

LL&A Interior Design

Louisville Regional Airport Authority

Office and Business Resources

Ticket to Ride

About One Southern Indiana:

One Southern Indiana (1si) was formed in July of 2006 as the economic development organization and chamber of commerce serving Clark and Floyd counties. 1si’s mission is to provide the connections, resources and services that help businesses innovate and thrive in the Southern Indiana / Louisville metro area.

Since its inception, the organization has evolved to include a three-prong approach to serve its members and investors. Business Resources, as the chamber side of the organization, encompasses membership, signature events and programs which support and encourage business growth; Economic Development works to grow the regional economy through the attraction of new commerce and assists with retention and expansion of existing businesses; Advocacy supports businesses at the government level by engaging in the initiatives to preserve, protect and promote a business friendly environment free of obstacles to growth and development of commerce. For more information on One Southern Indiana: www.1si.org.

Source: One Southern Indiana

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