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Minority-owned business forum to be held in Apopka


Women, Minority & Veterans Business (WMVB) Networking Lunch

Local business owner, Rod Love, is hosting a networking lunch for minority-owned businesses who want to learn about the opportunities available for minority-owned businesses.

The event will include a special presentation by VaSantha “Tonya” Raysor, Business Development Division Administrator for Orange County. Raysor will provide information regarding Orange County’s Certified Minority/Women Business Enterprise (WMBE) initiative.

Participants will also hear firsthand from a local small business owner as to how the WMBE initiative has grown his business and helped him create jobs.

The event is expected to draw owners of Apopka-area businesses that are owned by minorities (MBE), women (WBE), and veterans (VBE).

The WMVB Networking Lunch will be held on Thursday, November 3rd from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at The Catfish Place (311 South Forest Avenue, Apopka).

The event is free, but there is limited space and advance reservations are required. Interested business owners should reserve their place by sending an email to: BusinessRSVP@comsg.net

Corporations, the federal government, state agencies, and most municipalities all want to do business with minority-owned companies. For example, Orange County has set the following goals for minority participation on the following types of projects:

  • Construction - 25%
  • Professional Services - 27%
  • Services - 24%
  • Goods - 10%

To meet their objectives, private and public sector firms actively search for certified minority-owned businesses. If you're not certified, you can miss out on business ranging from a marketing opportunity to reduced-competition access to public contracts.

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, the Central Florida Expressway Authority, Orange County Public Schools, and the Orange County Library will all accept certifications issued by Orange County, the City of Orlando and the State of Florida.




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