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Minority businesses encouraged to do business with the state

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 31, 2013) – Gov. Steve Beshear is encouraging small, women and minority-owned businesses to register as vendors with the Kentucky Office of Procurement Services. These businesses can participate in events throughout August that focus on developing minority businesses and establishing stronger supplier diversity efforts for public entities and private companies.

“The commonwealth does millions of dollars in business with thousands of companies, both large and small,” Beshear said. “Anytime we can support small, women and minority owned businesses, these businesses will grow, provide jobs and contribute to our state’s economy.”

The first event is today and will kick off a series of upcoming events that will focus on educating minority businesses on resources and opportunities with government. These events are open to the general public as well as businesses.

Today’s event is the Tri State Minority Supplier Development Council Business Opportunity Fair at the Galt House in Louisville. For more information, visit www.tsmsdc.com/bof2013/.

The others are:

Aug. 2: The Lexington Minority Business Expo (MBE) at the Lexington Convention Center.  Information can be found at www.lexingtonmbe.com/.

Aug. 4-10:  The Minority Economic Development Initiative (MEDI) of Western Kentucky presents the Minority Economic Development Week 25th Anniversary of Western Kentucky. Taking place in Hopkinsville, this year’s theme is “From Idea to Industry Leader.” More information can be found online at www.medisuccess.info/.

In addition to these events, several agencies are involved in connecting minority businesses to state government resources and opportunities. These include:

Finance and Administration Office of Procurement Services

Minority and Women Business Certification/EEOC Office

KYTC Civil Right and Small Business Development Office (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program)

Kentucky Business One Stop