Conversations to Contracts blog header Genesis Block ILM Wilmington, NC

February 23rd, 9 AM – 12 PM at Daniel Hall, Union Station CFCC | Register Today

Conversations to Contracts is almost here! Our biannual trade show was created to connect small and diverse-owned businesses with potential trade partners, procurement professionals, and financial partners. These alliances are crucial in stimulating economic activity and diversifying supply chains, and our tradeshow helps make it happen! Join us on February 23rd from 9 AM -12 PM at Union Station to shake hands, get certified to land government contracts, find new supporting partners, and build ongoing relationships.

Meet These Diverse-Owned Businesses

Additional Exhibitor Booths

Cape Fear Solar Systems
New Hope Community Development Corporation
Progress Carolina
RJ Leeper Construction

What You Can Expect at Conversations to Contracts

Walkthru Certification Station

Certifications can help you gain a competitive edge, especially when attempting to secure a government contract. 

Here are the types of certifications you can obtain at our upcoming Conversations to Contracts event:

  • Small Business Enterprise (SBE)
  • Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB)
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
  • Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (MBE)
  • Women-Owned Business Enterprises (WBE)
  • Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB)
  • ACDBE (airport concessions)
Looking to secure government contracts? Increase your odds by getting certified at our Conversations to Contracts event Febraury 23rd, Genesis Block ILM. Wilmington, NC

Access to Capital

Traditionally, Black and Hispanic-owned businesses have lacked access to capital that fuels many high-growth industries. Conversations to Contracts partners with financial institutions for them to build relationships with diverse-owned businesses and connect them with products suited for their stage in business development.

Last Year’s Conversations to Contracts Events

  • 180+ attendees at the Black Entrepreneurship Week event in partnership with the Carolina Small Business Development Fund. 
  • 500+ attendees at Conversations to Contracts events. 
  • 40+ minority-owned businesses attended quarterly Conversations to Contracts events.

Conversations to Contracts is Open to the Public!

We welcome all individuals in the community to attend our tradeshow for FREE. Take this opportunity to meet the founders in your community and support diverse-owned businesses looking to expand and grow in 2024. This special Black History Month edition of Conversations to Contracts honors historically underrepresented businesses and YOU can help accelerate their growth. You may even be inspired to start your own business!

Meet Your Host

The upcoming Conversations to Contracts event will take place in Daniel Hall, Union Station on Cafe Fear Community College’s downtown campus. Visitor parking is available at the lot on the corner of 2nd and Walnut Street. Click here to view a map.

CFCC’s Small Business Center is also a premium sponsor for this event! Click the link below to hear a few words:


Thank you to our sponsors for helping make this event happen!


Foster mutually beneficial relationships and economic prosperity for all. Register now to kickstart your journey and turn conversations into meaningful contracts.

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