It has been an historic year for New York, with Governor Paterson signing new laws that will lead the nation in opportunities for minority, women and disabled owned firms. The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York will hold two conferences next month for construction and professional services opportunities for Minority, Women and Small Business Enterprises in New York State.
This 25th DASNY MWSBE conference will be held in Albany on October 22-23, 2010. The Construction, Commodities and Construction-related Professional Services Program will be held at the Marriott Hotel located at 189 Wolf Road, Albany, New York 12205. Phone 518-458-8444. The Public Finance, Legal and Financial Professional Services Program will be held at the adjacent Holiday Inn located at 205 Wolf Road in Albany. Phone 518-458-7264.
The conference is designed for construction contractors, construction managers, architects and engineers, commodity suppliers, financial services, legal, and other professional service providers. The two adjacent locations offer a place for construction, architecture and design and commodities firms, and one for public finance, financial services, legal and other professional services firms.
There will be programs and speed networking targeted to business development needs, with opportunities to meet decision-makers that could be future business associates.
The Friday scheduled dinner Keynote speaker is Roland Martin, Journalist and CNN commentator and host of Washington Watch.
In 2009, DASNY spent more than $219 million with MWBE construction contractors and vendors. It has since expanded its procurement of financial, legal and other professional service providers. It also has more than 20 state agencies and authorities participating to create even more potential opportunities for participants.
Paul T. Williams, Jr., president, DASNY, said they expect to exceed attendance at last year’s conference of more than 850 professionals. Both program tracks will include sessions on doing business with DASNY, as well as informational programs on public sector procurement processes and opportunities.
For more information visit online at www.dasny.org/conference/program.html.