What makes this conference different from other similar events held by local chambers?
The SMWVBO Conference strongly encourages SMWBO to spend their time wisely as attendees and not be an exhibitor. Local chamber trade shows are usually designed to enhance member business opportunities through exhibiting. However, the conference is open to anyone that would like to be an exhibitor. The county SMWBE Program Manager has received comments from several SMWBO that did exhibit in the past years that they now make a concerted effort to attend and visit with the numerous procurement officials. The conference does have several large minority owned businesses that exhibit each year because they have subcontracting opportunities for other SMWVBO. Because of the tremendous contributions of the county, city, and sponsors, the event is free to attend and includes meals. The cost to the exhibitor is very reasonable and it allows local entities participation which also includes meals for all staff.SMWBE Conference

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1. What is the SMWVBO Conference?
2. How long has it been held? Why in December?
3. How did it get started?
4. Why does the County hold this conference?
5. What makes this conference different from other similar events held by local chambers?
6. Why should a local SMWVBO attend?