Join us on October 14, 2023, at CFCC Union Station (U) Building for our Minority Enterprise Development Week edition of Conversations to Contracts! This event offers various workshops catering to all attendees and providing valuable insights.

Enhance your business knowledge, skills, and opportunities by attending a series of informative workshops. Gain an in-depth understanding of Novant Health’s Supplier Diversity, learn about getting started in the trucking industry, working with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and so much more!

If you’re a diverse-owned business owner, apply for a booth: APPLY FOR BOOTH
If you’re a vendor, become an exhibitor at the event: BECOME AN EXHIBITOR
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Workshops to Elevate Your Business Opportunities at our Conversations to Contracts MED Week Event

Join us on October 14, 2023, at CFCC Union Station (U) Building for our Minority Enterprise Development Week edition of Conversations to Contracts! This event offers a variety of workshops that cater to all attendees and provide valuable insights.


Enhance your business knowledge, skills, and opportunities by attending a series of informative workshops. Gain an in-depth understanding of Novant Health’s Supplier Diversity, learn about getting started in the trucking industry, working with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and so much more!

If you’re a diverse-owned business owner, apply for a booth:

If you’re a vendor, become an exhibitor at the event: 

   
   
     

WORKSHOPS & FEATURED SPEAKERS

   

“Novant Health Supplier Diversity” (Novant Health)

Join us for an in-depth look at Novant Health’s Supplier Diversity Program, offering valuable insights into its key processes and operations. 


PRESENTERS

Erica Hall (Supplier Diversity Manager)
Erica Hall is currently the Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Manager for Novant Health, having joined in May 2022 with seven years of customer and supplier-facing supply chain experience. 



Samantha Voreh (Sr. Director of Supplier Diversity) — pending availability
Samantha Voreh is the Senior Director of Supplier Diversity and Inclusion for Novant Health, integral to the supply chain since 2007 with extensive experience in sourcing and finance.

   

“Taking Care of Business” (State Farm)

Discover strategies for effective daily business management while understanding the risks and exposures that could negatively impact your business. 


Chrystal Fray

Chrystal Fray has 32 years of experience with State Farm and community service involvement. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management and Leadership.

   

“Getting Started in the Trucking Industry” (Roam Freely Logistics)

Interested in the trucking industry? This workshop aims to provide insights into the critical role of freight dispatching and essential steps for successful entry into the trucking sector.


Lorenzo Thorpe

Lorenzo Thorpe founded Roam Freely Logistics in 2019 and has achieved significant success. He guides individuals into the industry without requiring truck ownership.

   

“Work in Wilmington” (NCDOT)

Explore exciting collaboration opportunities with NCDOT in Wilmington. This workshop will offer valuable insights into transformative local projects.

Tunya Smith (Director of NCDOT Office of Civil Rights)

Tunya Smith aims to leverage best practices and resources to promote civil rights programming and build a culture of equity and inclusion across the department. Smith has extensive experience in policy and program development, advocacy, and economic development through service spanning over two decades. Smith has been an integral part of NCDOT’s vision to create a more equitable transportation system.

   

“So You Have Opened a New Business…Great! Do You Know if You Are Bankable?” (First National Bank)

Starting a new business is exhilarating, but are you financially prepared? This workshop will cover essential banking tools for your new business. 

Ned Marable
Ned Marable has 42 years of experience in the banking industry and currently serves as a Business Banker with First National Bank in Wilmington.


   
   

“Living the Dream” (YWCA)

Sonya Peele, Executive Coach and Consultant of Work It Girl Coaching /YWCA presents three steps to breaking through obstacles keeping you from living the dream.

Sonya Peele
Sonya Peele is a transformational coach, trainer, author, and leader with over 20 years of experience.

   

“Writing A Capability Statement” (NCMBC)

A compelling Capability Statement can set you apart in today’s competitive marketplace.

Olivia Chávez-Carroll 
Olivia Chávez-Carroll joined the North Carolina Military Business Center in 

2022 to support NC businesses as Federal Business Development Professional. In this role, she connects NC businesses and organizations to the Department of Defense and federal business opportunities; identifies lucrative and attractive solicitations and provides this info to NC businesses; helps match North Carolina capabilities with federal requirements; and helps North Carolina companies prepare, present and execute strategies to win federal business.

   

Don’t miss out on this chance to broaden your knowledge, connect with professionals in the industry, and delve into groundbreaking ideas. Whether you own a diverse business, are looking to enhance your business management skills, or are exploring new career paths, Conversations to Contracts offers something for everyone.

   
   

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

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Realize your vision of fostering mutually beneficial relationships and economic prosperity for all. Register now to catalyze your journey and turn conversations to meaningful contracts.

   
   
     
   
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