LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 4, 2016) – Business owners from across the Commonwealth and neighboring states have gathered in downtown Lexington to attend the 14th annual Lexington Bluegrass Area Minority Business EXPO. This year’s EXPO continues the tradition of providing business owners the opportunity to network with one another, meet one-on-one with procurement agents, and take part in workshops designed to address the business needs of companies of every size.
The theme of this year’s EXPO is “Building a Bridge to Opportunities” with workshops, speakers and panel discussions focused on ways businesses can grow and prosper in our changing society.
“We’re excited about everything the EXPO is offering this year,” said EXPO chair, Marilyn Clark. “We’re reaching new markets, going high tech with a conference app and we have a Business Activity Center—a one stop shop of business service providers in one area to answer your personal business questions. This is all new and different and I think when attendees leave at the end of the day they’ll feel like the day was worth their time.”
Keynote speaker this year is McDonald’s franchise owner, Phil Wilkins. The afternoon guest is Tameka Montgomery, Associate Administrator, Office of Entrepreneurial Development, U.S. Small Business Administration. She will be followed by a panel discussion on “Is Supplier Diversity Still Relevant in 2016?”
“Minority-owned and women-owned businesses are key to the economic development of the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” said Lexington Minority Business Enterprise Liaison, Sherita Miller. “This EXPO allows these companies to meet with key individuals and make valuable connections that can lead to real job opportunities in the future.”
Today’s EXPO wraps up with a Business Networking Reception. For more information go to http://lexingtonmbe.com/