Annual Marketplace of Opportunities

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Date(s) - 08/25/2015 - 08/26/2015
All Day

Music City Center


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The 2015 Marketplace Conference is sure to present more opportunities which await through exhibits to services, products and programs. Consider added opportunities through the Institute for Supply Chain Management (ISM) training course to become a Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD™). Gain invaluable expert led quick training on small business accounting through Quick Books as your tool to success. Generate new ideas to foster win-win business relationships between major corporations and diverse businesses. Challenge your thinking, get fresh ideas from powerful insights and strategies that work. Plus, get in the conversation on Supplier Diversity and if it really matters. Be present for an unforgettable luncheon featuring renowned author and motivational speaker with book signing. At the end of the day enjoy music, refreshments, and socializing. There are no limits. Just opportunities.

Keynote Luncheon Speaker

LANDING Dennis headshotDENNIS P. KIMBRO, Ph.D.

Few individuals impact the day-to-day management of organizations and institutions as much as Dr. Dennis Paul Kimbro. A tireless educator, author, B-school professor, certified trainer, and leadership coach, Dr. Kimbro is universally characterized as one of the most insightful and scholarly writers in the field today.
In high demand as a public speaker, he is a best-selling author of five books, writing partner and master trainer for the prestigious Napoleon Hill Foundation, and is on the faculty at Clark Atlanta University School of Business Administration. He is a recipient of the Dale Carnegie Personal Achievement award.

As a lecturer and researcher in the field of management, entrepreneurship and human potential, he encourages his readers to look within to extract the keys that underlie all accomplishment. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Oklahoma, and a doctorate from Northwestern University where he studied wealth and poverty among underdeveloped countries. With his course work behind him, Dr. Kimbro combed the country interviewing scores of America’s most notable achievers gleaning the best ideas, strategies and success principles from their words. He’s heard the same things enough times to know that all people who succeed tend to follow the same path and that all people who have not succeeded yet tend to fall into the same pit over and over again. Eventually his research led to the question: How can impoverished black Americans pull themselves out of their poverty and reach 
their full potential?

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Workshop 1: Tuesday, August 25, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Become a Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD™)
Institute Supply Chain Management Training to Qualify for the Certified Supplier Diversity Professional Designation

LANDING-Yvette-headshotAre you interested in becoming a Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD™)? If your responsibilities include supplier diversity, expand your knowledge by becoming a Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD™). ISM Nashville and TSMSDC are offering a cost effective CPSD seminar during the event at a 75% discount. Professionals who participate in the development of diverse supplier initiatives within their organization will earn their CPSD.™ This workshop will provide critical information in your pursuit of the CPSD™ designation. The training will cover the most important aspects required to pass the CPSD™ and CPSM® Exams. You will earn Continuing Education Hours (CEH).

Yvette Porter, Manager, Supplier Diversity, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.ISM Certified Trainer

Workshop 2: Wednesday, August 26, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY with the Kiewit Project Group

unnamedThe purpose of this workshop is for the Kiewit Project Group to provide information about their Small Business Subcontracting Plan for the TVA Allen Combined Cycle Project.

Who’s Invited to Attend:  The small Business Community at large, including:  Minority-owned companies, Disadvantaged Business, Women-owned Business, HUB Zone Business, Veteran-owned Companies and  Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business.

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Workshop 3: Wednesday, August 26, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Supplier Diversity: Does it Really Matter?

LANDING-Richard-headshotThis workshop will address the “proverbial elephant in the room” expression for an obvious truth of diversity that is being ignored or goes unaddressed; turning a blind eye (ignoring); but impossible to overlook. Some of us pretend the elephant is not there; compared to the looming big one, that is there. It will include six panelists, representing former/current industry experts and contemporary entrepreneurs …. who have no qualms in telling it like it is. ”What is said in this session, will stay in this session.”

Challenge: Diversity in many business organizations is one of many challenges confronting firms in dynamic business environments. Today’s marketplace is a dynamic mix of different cultures, races, lifestyles, genders and more. These visible demographic differences, as well as emerging market realities, continuously create new customer needs. Thus, managing diversity has become an issue in business practice.

Question: While it is recognized that proper management of supplier relationships is an essential element of supply chain success, is this merely theoretical or does it really matter?

Moderator: Richard Manson, J.D., President & CEO, SourceMark, LLC

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Don’t Forget

Wind Down Wednesday Happy Hour

Wednesday, August 26 at 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Enjoy Hors d’oeuvres, Cocktails, Conversation and Entertainment featuring Doc Allen & The HeartStrings

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Registration & Sponsorships:


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Premiere Sponsorship Packages

  • Diamond: $20,000 Exclusive Recognition, Remarks, 2 Reserved Tables, 20’x40’ Exhibit, Full Color Ad
  • Platinum $10,000 Recognition, 1 Reserved Table, 20’x40’ Exhibit; Full Color Ad
  • Gold $ 5,000 Reserved Table, 20’x20’ Exhibit, Black/White Full Ad
  • Silver $ 4,000 Reserved Table, 2 Adjoining 10’x10’ Booths, Black/White Full Ad
  • Bronze $ 3,000 Reserved Table, 10’x10’ Booth, 8 Happy Hour Tickets, Black/White Full Ad
  • Supporter $ 2,000 Reserved Table, 10’x10’ Booth, 4 Happy Hour Tickets, Black/White Half Ad

General Registration Package:

Includes 2 Meal Tickets; 2 Happy Hour Tickets; 10’x10’ Booth

  • TSMSDC Certified MBE $300
  • Corporate Member $500
  • NMSDC MBE Affiliate $400
  • NMSDC Corporate Affiliate $700
  • Government/Non-Profit $300
  • MBE Non-Certified $500
  • Corporate Non-member $900
  • Booth Only $300

A La Carte/Tickets Only:

  • Breakfast $35 Single
  • Luncheon $55 Single/Table – $400
  • Happy Hour $25 Single
  • Free Workshops
  • Free Exhibit Walk-Through


  • Full Page Black and White – $400 Color – $600
  • Half Page Black and White – $350 Color – $450
  • Quarter Page Black and White – $250 Color – $350

For additional information, please contact our office at 615.259.4699

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