The Inaugural Blacks in Technology Conference, instantly tagged as BITCON2018, is a 3-day interactive platform for professionals, entrepreneurs, influencers, subject matter experts, students, and thought leaders who share a common goal... increasing the visibility and representation of black men and women in the tech industry.  As we seek to further our mission of establishing a practice of world class excellence, BIT has crafted a stimulating and engaging program that intertwines and encompasses the Twin Cities educational, business, political and tech communities. Utilizing forums such as tech exhibits, career fairs, pitch competitions, networking parties, city innovation tours, lightning talks, and panel discussions, BIT invites you to redefine your career in tech…
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Wednesday, October 10 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Early Bird Session: Doing Business With the Government

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Myth or Fact, working with government is a lot of "red tape"? 

Minnesota’s state government alone spends roughly $2.5B annually on goods and services.  Coupled with the state’s thriving local economies and federal government purchasing, the opportunities for small businesses are tremendous.  Learn how being a minority, woman, veteran, disabled or economically disadvantaged business owner can be an advantage in government contracting.

Come hear how working with local, state, or federal government can break all the myths you thought you knew.

This is a free pre-conference event taking place as a part of BITCON2018 & Twin Cities Startup Week at the brand new Elliot Park Hotel on October 10th.

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Babatope Adedayo

Vendor Specialist, State of MN: Office of Equity and Procurement
Babatope Adedayo, is a Vendor Specialist with the Minnesota Department of Administration in the Office of Equity in Procurement (OEP). In this capacity, he is responsible for promoting diversity and inclusion within state government procurement, representing the program at various... Read More →
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Mark Cooper

Procurement Specialist, State of MN: Office of Equity & Procurement
Mark Cooper brings more than 25 years of corporate, non-profit and public experience in contract administration and procurement to his position with the Department of Administration’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). Mark has been a Metro Area Manager with PTAC for... Read More →
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Alice Davis

Assistant Commissioner, State of MN: Office of Equity in Procurement
Alice Roberts-Davis is responsible for the state’s real estate and construction functions, as well as its $2.5 billion in annual procurement including the Office of Equity in Procurement and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center. These offices are focused on creating opportunities... Read More →

Wednesday October 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Elliot Park Hotel 823 5th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404