|8:00 AM - 9:00 AM||BREAKFAST NETWORKING|
Enjoy light breakfast and work the room with a pre-event list of attendees.
|9:00 AM – 9:10 AM||WELCOME|
Zenaida Chape, Chair, The Competitive Edge
OPENING REMARKS: A COMMITMENT TO BUILDING DIVERSITY
Thomas F. Prendergast, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Transportation Authority
|9:10 AM – 10:00 AM||
OPENING PLENARY SESSION
Hear industry leaders in an intimate roundtable conversation share their vision for how their organizations are helping to build small businesses into the new $100 million companies.
Paul T. Williams, Jr., Former President and CEO, DASNY
PANELISTS:Stephanie Dawson, Acting Chief Operating Officer, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Michael J. Garner, MBA, Chief Diversity Officer, MTA
Shari C. Hyman, President and Chief Operating Officer, Battery Park City Authority
Katherine Jollon Colsher, National Director of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Goldman Sachs
James Rubin, Commissioner, NYS Homes and Community Renewal
George Toma, AIA, Vice President of Construction Management and Operations, NYC School Construction Authority
Maria Torres-Springer, Commissioner, NYC Department of Small Business Services
|10:15 AM - 11:15 AM||
SHARPEN YOUR COMPETITIVE EDGE, REIMAGINE YOUR COMPANY:
Sharon Foxx, Assistant Director AA/EEO, NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation
Lourdes Zapata, Executive Director, Division of Minority and Women's Business Development, Empire State Development
PANELISTS:William Choi, Director of MWBE Outreach, The City University of New York
Lash Green, Director, Office of Business Diversity and Civil Rights, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
James Hanlon, Borough Administrator, Procurement Department New York City Housing Authority
Kerri Jew, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Economic and Financial Opportunity, NYC Department of Small Business Services
Bomi Kim, AICP, Senior Vice President, Contracts
Director, Opportunity M/W/DBE
NYC Economic Development Corporation
Jennifer Mackenburg Murphy, Director of Business Development, STV Inc.
Robert Nesmith, Chief Contracting Officer, Battery Park City Authority
Stephen G. Walter, Senior Director, Procurement, MTA New York City Transit
SESSION 2: MEET SOME $100 MILLION COMPANIES
Flor Perry, Director of Marketing and Operations, Crescent Consulting
Anthony Peterson, Director of Diversity Programs/ MWBE Compliance Officer, Battery Park City Authority
PANELISTS:Husam Ahmad P.E., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, HAKS
Andrew Fox, Managing Partner, Alliance Building Services
Michael A. Rodriguez, President, Alliance Building Services
Adrian Perry, Management Consultant, Accenture
Kourtney Ratliff, Partner, Loop Capital
SESSION 3: YOUR STRATEGIC TEAM
Are you ready to bid on larger projects? Teaming, joint venture partnerships and strategic alliances are sophisticated strategies to build your contract opportunities.
This session will help prepare your company for those opportunities with partners and processes to make you project-ready for the next big contract opportunity. The session is designed to examine creative strategic teaming models that may be applied in to different market sectors, including construction, professional and financial services, information technology and commodities. Universal and market specific models will be reviewed with the goal of providing key next steps to all attendees for formulating successful formal and informal partnerships.
Keaton Wong, IA Diversity Management Unit Chief, NYC Department of Education Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity Management
Michael Clay, Director, Opportunity Programs Group, DASNY
PANELISTS:Barbara Armand, President and CEO, Armand Corporation
Barbara J. Gavosto, Director of the Pre-Qualification division, NYC School Construction Authority
Edward S. Campanella-Rodriguez, President, MBI Group
Jayne Czik, General Counsel, Citnalta Construction Corp.
Joseph J. Fitzpatrick, Principal, TDX Construction Corporation
Lisa Bova-Hiatt, Interim Executive Director, Governor's Office of Storm Recovery
SESSION 4: Disruptive Innovation – Your Company’s New Technology Plan
How are you deploying technology to advance your competitive edge in your market? Lean in to a conversation from master technology entrepreneurs and investors who understand the power of technology to transform small companies into big ones. This session is for business owners who want to reduce costs and increase their competitive edge through technology as well as those with incubator-ready ideas for transforming industry practices.
George Llanos, Manager Business Initiatives, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Department of Diversity and Civil Rights
Sandra Wilkin, Founder and President, Bradford Construction Corporation
PANELISTS:Gerrmaioud Chape, Founder, The Social Society
Michael Giaramita, Managing Principal/CEO, Group PMX LLC
Dwight McLeod, Chief Executive Officer, Capstone Strategy Group
Paul Seletsky, AIA, Principal, ArcSphere LLC
|11:30 AM - 12:30 PM||I WANT TO BE THE NEXT $100 MILLION COMPANY!|
What skills, insights and strategies do you need to sharpen your competitive edge and bring your business to the next level? Lean in to a candid conversation with top industry leaders who have successfully built their companies as they hear from top MWBEs who will pitch their company and business plan.
Suri Kasirer, President, Kasirer Consulting
|12:30 PM - 1:45 PM||2015 COMPETITIVE EDGE AWARDS LUNCHEON|
Competitive Edge Awards Presentation
Competitive Edge MBE Award Winner
Competitive Edge WBE Award Winner
Competitive Edge DBE Award Winner
Clarence Gene Swanston Award Winner
Distinguish Service Award
Distinguish Service Award Winner
|1:45 PM - 4:00 PM||NETWORK WITH A PURPOSE|
Map out your plan for meeting the right companies and organizations who can help your business grow. Work the room with a purpose.
|1:45 PM – 3:45 PM||GRAB THAT OPPORTUNITY|
Monique Guidry, Marketing/Media Relations, NYS Homes & Community RenewalRESOURCES AND CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES TO BUILD YOUR COMPANY
All in one room, learn about the programs and resources you can use to help your business grow. Participating programs include: Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at LaGuardia Community College
Rod Dauphin, Business Advisor
This practical business management education program helps entrepreneurs develop the skills required to grow one’s company. This program is delivered over a series of 11 learning sessions, business support services and one-on-one business advising from dedicated professionals to help develop a tailored plan for growth. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million national program designed to help small businesses in the United States create jobs and economic growth by providing entrepreneurs with a practical business education, access to capital and business support services.
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The program is based on the broadly held view of leading experts that greater access to this combination of services best addresses barriers to growth. This presentation will help you better understand how this program can accelerate your revenue and change your company’s business model for a growth path.
George A. Cleary, MBA, Deputy Director, Small Business Development Programs Department of Diversity and Civil Rights
The MTA has created several Small Business Programs to encourage small business growth and provide increased competition for projects in the MTA Five-Year Capital Plans. Through the MTA’s Small Business Mentorship Program (SBMP) and the MTA’s Small Business Federal Program (SBFP), the MTA provides a supportive framework for eligible firms to develop and grow within the construction and transportations industries and to establish stable, long-term business relationships with the MTA. This presentation will help you identify the right program and opportunities for you firm.NYC School Construction Mentor and Graduate Mentor Programs
Suzanne Veira, Senior Director of the Business Development Division
The NYC SCA Mentor Program partners emerging MWLBE firms with some of the industry's largest construction management firms and provides them with contracting opportunities and valuable experience. Through its Mentor and Graduate Mentor programs, the SCA seeks to increase MWLBE participation in School Construction projects. This presentation will help you understand how the NYC SCA award-winning Mentor and Graduate Mentor Programs can put you on track to participate in NYC SCA construction opportunities at both entry and advanced levels.NYC Small Business Services
Walter E. Maxwell, Executive Director for External Affairs Div. of Economic and Financial Opportunity/Procurement Technical Assistance Center
NYC Department of Small Business Services offers a full range of programs to assist entrepreneurs with developing and building their businesses. Regardless of stage, from startup to maturity, there is a program for everybody. NYC SBS offers a wide-range of business development and capacity building programs. This discussion will help you identify the best programs that can help you company grow.Port Authority Mentor Protégé Program
Pamela Parlor, Manager, Contract Compliance, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's Mentor-Protégé seeks to improve the protégés' management, organization and construction skills by teaching them new strategic tools to speed the growth of their businesses. This program represents a significant commitment that major construction companies have made to act as mentors to protégé firms, sharing their business and construction expertise and providing crucial industry exposure.
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The Mentor-Protégé training prepares the protégés for proficiency in the following eight categories: Construction Contract Law, Construction Estimating, Financial Management (Financial Strategies), Managing Projects Between $500,000 and $3 Million (Project Management), OSHA and Your Responsibilities–Understanding Safety, Planning and Scheduling to Reduce Project Costs, Project Controls and Professional Development. This presentation will help you better understand the Port Authority’s program and how to make the right mentor match for your company.
|3:00 PM - 4:00 PM||FINAL NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES|
This is your final opportunity to meet exhibitors and network with a purpose
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
8:00AM - 4:00PM
101 Barclay Street
New York, NY 10286
Since 1993, the Competitive Edge Conference has linked the region’s small businesses, including Minority, Women, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Locally Based Enterprises, with leading decision-makers from the public and private sectors to explore new contract opportunities, new procurement practices and new strategies to expand and exceed statewide procurement goals.
Do you have what it takes to win in business? This year’s conference features a new competition, Ready to Be the Next $100 Million Company. The competition give a you the unique opportunity to present your small business to a panel of leading decision-makers -- our Angels -- for the chance to hear their advice and direction on what it will take to make your company the next $100 Million company.
Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Time: 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Phone: (212) 756.1236 x103