The Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) is conducting a disparity study of Indiana casino purchases that will determine the estimated capacity, utilization and disparity (or lack thereof) among spending with minority-owned businesses and women-owned businesses. Five outreach meetings have been set in various parts of Indiana through Thursday, Aug. 2. To participate in the study, please attend one of the meetings or complete the IGC Disparity Study Survey. The next meeting: Thursday, Aug. 2, Ft. Wayne Public Library.
Contractors Information Exchange: To help firms interested in becoming part of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project, a web-based resource for contractors of all types has been created to share and exchange basic company information. Prime contractors and subcontractors interested in participating in the construction can post information or gain contact information for other firms. Go to Ohio River Bridges Project and view the right column for more info.
Indiana has narrowed the list of potential partners for building the Ohio River Bridges Project’s East End Crossing to four teams, each with extensive experience in the design, construction, maintenance and financing of large public infrastructure projects. Representatives of the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) and Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will meet with each team to solicit ideas and discuss the next steps in the procurement process. It is anticipated that a final request for proposals on financing, developing, constructing, operating and maintaining the East End Crossing will be issued to the short list of teams in late July. Final responses to the request for proposals are scheduled to be due to the IFA in late October. The East End Crossing procurement remains on schedule to reach commercial close by the end of 2012.
Learn how to do business with Indiana University during its Business Diversity Fair, Wednesday, September 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the IUPUI Campus Center. Events include minority and women's business displays, guest speakers, certification training, networking sessions and a chance to meet IU purchasing, department, facilities and capital projects managers. Twenty-five display tables are available to the first to register and request!
The New Wishard Diversity Team is sponsoring a Meet, Greet and Eat Networking Event, Friday, September 7 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Judge's BBQ, 2104 W. Michigan, Indianapolis. A buffet will be available for $10 per person. Matt Gutwein, president & CEO of the Health and Hospital Corporation will provide a project update. Bring plenty of business cards to share! For more information, contact Barbara Holder, Diversity Manager at 317-630-7433.
The Illinois Place Development Pre-Bid Meeting & Outreach is scheduled for Thursday, August 30 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis. Illinois Place is a redevelopment project at the site of the former Winona Hospital into 50 one- and two-bedroom apartments. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, The Whitsett Group, LLC and the Indianapolis MBDA Business Center are hosting the event and inviting all minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses interested in construction and construction-related opportunities. Interested companies should RSVP to Amy Williams, 317-252-0227 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Business owners with little web design experience can learn to create a web site with a free seminar on Friday, August 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mavris Arts and Event Center, 121 S. East Street, Indianapolis. Indiana Get Your Business Online is co-sponsored by the Indiana Small Business Development Center, Intuit and SCORE.
On July 17, the State of Indiana’s Minority and Women’s Enterprises Division will host the 2012 Central Indiana MWBE Resource Fair at the Indiana Government Center Conference Center from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free but REGISTRATION is recommended! The theme for this year’s event is “Positioning Your Business For Growth”. Matchmaking sessions will provide scheduled networking opportunities with the State of Indiana’s procurement agents, as well as major companies. The day will be filled with resources and workshops providing three distinctive tracks for attendees: • Certification Boot Camp • I’m Certified – Now What! • Business 101.
A DBE networking event is set for Friday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to meet the proposer teams for the Ohio River Bridges East End Crossing Project. The meeting will be at St. Stephen Church, 2710 Veterans Parkway, Jeffersonville. DBE firms and potential DBE firms are invited. Please registerby June 27 or contact the INDOT DBE Office at 317-233-6511. Space is limited so please limit your registration to two people per firm!
Thursday, June 28, the Indiana Minority Enterprise Center will present its 6th Annual Supplier Diversity B2B Conference, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at Dynasty Banquets in Hammond. Keynote speakers will be gourmet shop entrepreneurs DeRon & Deon Ragland. Master of Ceremony will be Dr. Garrard McClendon, talk show host, professor and author.
Monday, June 25, the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus, along with the IMSDC (Indiana Minority Supplier Development Council), will hold an informational meeting regarding the Ohio River Bridges Project. The meeting will be at the IMSDC headquarters at 2126 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The meeting will include an update of the Ohio River Bridges Project, ways to ensure MBE/DBE participation and feedback from constituents.
The first Indiana Latino Expo will be presented at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on June 23. The event will feature business relations, as well as education, consular services and health screenings, while focusing on the richness and flavor of the Latino Culture.
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