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We Mean Business Symposium (City of Memphis Office of Business Diversity & Compliance)

  • Hilton Memphis 939 Ridge Lake Boulevard Memphis, TN, 38120 United States (map)


Symposium Kick Off - Mayor Jim Strickland
Upcoming Procurement Opportunities Presentations

(OPEN TO THE PUBLIC) Ballroom A (8:30 AM – 11:00 AM) with Continental Breakfast
It’s that time again! Get excited! Join Mayor Jim Strickland, his administration and other partners for the 4th Annual “We Mean Business” Symposium and Luncheon. This year’s Symposium will provide certified and registered vendors and potential vendors with an opportunity to become familiar with the City’s diversity programs and by providing a series of mini-presentations presented by each Division outlining upcoming projects with the City, County, Shelby County Schools and Partners.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Ballroom A (8:30 AM – 11:00 AM) with Continental Breakfast
No registration required

We Mean Business Symposium Luncheon Sponsored by FedEx: Ballroom B (11:30 PM - 1:30 PM)
Eventbrite Registration Required

The 2019 We Mean Business Symposium Luncheon is Sponsored by FedEx. This year’s keynote speaker will be Founder, Chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE, John HOPE Bryant. Chairman Bryant is an American entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on financial inclusion, economic empowerment and financial dignity.
Book Signing with Chairman John Hope Bryant (on-site)
The Luncheon will be held in Ballroom B 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM.
Please register for the luncheon through EVENTBRITE.
Once registration is complete, you will receive an email of confirmation.
Doors open at 11:00 AM

A Seat at the Table: Matchmaking Forum: Southeast Ballroom (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM)
(You will choose your TABLE CARDS (3 MAX) during ON-SITE registration)

Vendors who register for A Seat at the Table will have a networking opportunity in a matchmaking forum with procurement officials from each Division with the City of Memphis, Quasi-Government Agencies and City partners. You can choose up to 3 different tables to visit for the matchmaking forum. There will be plenty of opportunities to network and ask detailed questions about specific upcoming opportunities.
Doors open at 1:30 PM

The City of Memphis means business and plans to continue being intentional about doing business with Small, Minority, and Women Business Enterprises (SMWBEs). We will measure success through the progress made in increasing certified vendors and contracts awarded to SMWBEs.