Dept. of Commerce: 24th Annual Governor’s Conference on Minority Business Development Offers Sales Opportunities for Minority Owned Firms

Tony Hozeny, Department of Commerce, 608/267-9661

MADISON – Minority-owned businesses seeking expanded opportunities and purchasing agents looking for quality minority vendors will want to attend the 24th annual Governor’s Conference on Minority Business Development: Marketplace 2005. The event will be held Dec. 1-2 at the Country Springs Hotel & Convention Center, Waukesha.

“Governor Jim Doyle’s Grow Wisconsin plan calls for expanding the economic opportunities for minority-owned businesses,” said Department of Commerce (Commerce) Secretary Mary P. Burke. “Marketplace provides minority businesses with an excellent opportunity to meet customers and potential financial partners.”

The conference will include an awards dinner on Thursday, Dec. 1 and workshops, panel discussions, networking forums, and a trade fair on Friday, Dec. 2. Featured speakers include Governor Jim Doyle (invited) and Albert C. Black, Jr., President and CEO of On-Target Supply and Logistics of Dallas, Texas

Banks, venture capitalists and other service providers will also be on hand to provide assistance on an as-needed basis.

To register, visit For more information about the event, contact Aggo Akyea, Commerce, at 608/266-8379

Registration fees are as follows:

Workshop and awards Dinner on December 1: $35 per person

Minority Business/Non-Profit/Walk-Through participant: $45 per person

(Includes luncheon)

Corporate Participants: $100 per person

Exhibit Booths: $200-500

Conference value pack: $165 per person