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23rd Annual

The Future is Now!

Unleashing Potential at the MWDBE Business Opportunity Conference


Join us at the pinnacle of business innovation and opportunity - The MWDBE Business Opportunity Conference, a one-day event that promises to revolutionize the way small diverse businesses engage with government agencies. This year's theme, "The Future is Now," perfectly encapsulates our focus on cutting-edge technology and innovation, including advancements in Artificial Intelligence, that are reshaping the business landscape.

Hosted by the prestigious MWDBE Governmental Committee, this conference is a rare platform featuring an impressive roster of twenty-one government agencies. These agencies are not just participants; they are actively seeking to connect, engage, and forge meaningful partnerships with small diverse businesses like yours. This is more than a networking opportunity; it's a gateway to future collaborations and contracts.

Our comprehensive agenda is meticulously designed to empower your business with knowledge and insights. Be inspired by thought leaders and industry experts who will share their visions on technology and innovation in a series of engaging keynote speeches and interactive workshops. These sessions are tailored to provide you with the tools and understanding necessary to leverage technology and innovation in your business strategy.

But that's not all. The highlight of the conference is the unparalleled opportunity for attendees to have one-on-one interactions with procurement officers from these twenty-one government agencies. These sessions are more than meet-and-greets; they are potential business pitches, where you can learn about the specific needs and upcoming projects of these agencies. It's a chance to position your business as a potential supplier and take the first step towards securing government contracts.


Whether you're an established small business owner or an emerging entrepreneur, this conference is a must-attend event to stay ahead in the rapidly evolving business world. Discover how the future of business is being shaped today and how you can be a part of this transformative journey.

Mark your calendars, seize this opportunity, and be prepared to take your business to the next level at the MWDBE Business Opportunity Conference. The future is not just approaching; it's already here, and it's filled with possibilities waiting to be explored by you.


Rivers Casino Pittsburgh
Friday, March 1
7:30am - 12:30pm

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2024 Hall of Fame Inductee


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7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

- Welcome 

–Dave Pinkosky, U.S. Small Business Administration, MWDBE Governmental Committee Member 

Registration and Breakfast Networking


9:00 am to 9:05 am -

Welcome Video & Open Remarks 

– Allegheny County Executive Sara Innamorato


9:05 am to 9:45 am

Presentation - “Doing Business with NASA – Glenn Research Center”.

— Eunice Adams – Sipp, Small Business Specialist 

— Thomas M. Doehne, Partnership/Commercialization Specialist of NASA – Glenn Research Center,


9:45 am to 10:00 am

Break – Table Networking Announcement 

— Lisa Edmonds, Allegheny County Dept. of Equity and Inclusion, MWDBE Governmental Committee


10:00 am to 10:15 am

Introduction into MWDBE Hall of Fame Doris Carson Williams presented by MWDBE Hall of Fame Committee

— MWDBE Governmental Committee Members, Kathleen Lacey Glodek and Sue Broadus


10:15 am to 11:00am

Break – Table Networking Announcement 

— Lisa Edmonds, Allegheny County Dept. of Equity and Inclusion, MWDBE Governmental Committee


11:00 am to 11:45 a.m.

-- Presentation - “How to do work the Amazon ang Government Purchasing”

– Grant Goldsworthy, Senior Government Advisor, Amazon Business,


11:45 a.m. to 12:30 pm Table Networking  & Closing Remarks

 – Chuck Durham, City of Pittsburgh, EORC, MWDBE Governmental Committee Member

Hosted & Presented by


Allegheny County Airport Authority


Allegheny County Housing Authority


Allegheny County Dept. of Equity and Inclusion


Allegheny County Dep. Of Public Works


Allegheny County Division Purchasing Supplies


Allegheny County Sanitary Authority


Allegheny County Economic Development


City of Pittsburgh Equal Opportunity 
Review Committee


Community College of Allegheny County


Diversity Business Resource Center


Riverside Center for Innovation


Government Agency Coordination Office –  APEX Accelerator


Housing Authority, City of Pittsburgh


Penna. Dept. of Transportation


Pittsburgh Parking Authority


Pittsburgh Public Schools


Pittsburgh Regional Transit


Sports and Exhibition Authority


The Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority


U.S. Commercial Service - Pittsburgh


U.S. Small Business Administration


Urban Redevelopment Authority

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