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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Mark Cooper

State of MN: Office of Equity & Procurement
Procurement Specialist
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 14 years. In addition to prior supplier and diversity program responsibilities at Donaldson Companies and Lawson Software, Mark founded his own consulting firm to develop minority business initiatives.

 In 1992, Mr. Cooper was named MMSDC Minority Business Advocate of the year, and in 2012, Mark was named the Minnesota Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year by the U.S. SBA Minnesota District Office. His passion and commitment toward equity in contracting is apparent in day-to-day work as well as involvement in other like-minded organizations.

Mark has served on the board of the Minnesota Safety Council, and was the former chair of the Minnesota Minority Supplier Development Council. Mark counsels all businesses in local, state and federal government contracting issues, and is one of the veteran experts within the PTAC team at the Department of Administration, providing Veterans updates, assisting with registrations, verifications and continually monitoring the changes to the Veteran First Program.

As a lifelong resident of Minneapolis, MN, Mark remains actively involved in the community.