The City of Austin’s Small and Minority Business Resources Department (SMBR), in partnership with the Economic Development (EDD) and Financial Services (FSD) Departments, will host the “Minority and Small Business Connection" conference, September 12, 2023, from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Palmer Events Center.

The conference provides information about Austin's resources, programs, funding, and procurement opportunities for minority and small businesses. The theme "We Are Open For Business" showcases the city's dedication to promoting diversity and equitable opportunities in the Austin business ecosystem.

Minority and Small Business Connection welcomes entrepreneurs, business owners, and community members. Experts from a variety of City departments including Financial Services, Economic Development, Austin Convention Center, and more will be present. Attendees can participate in panel discussions, networking opportunities, and breakout sessions.

Highlights and benefits of the conference include:

  • Connections: There will be opportunities to connect and network with City departmental staff during the "City Connection" exhibitor show, giving businesses information on upcoming procurements and answering questions.
  • Engagement: The event promotes networking between local business owners, resource providers, City officials, and leaders who are pivotal in the day-to-day operations of
    the City.
  • Informational Sessions: The conference features informative workshops, panel discussions, and breakout sessions providing key information on how to do business with the City, access local business assistance, and expand knowledge of upcoming procurement opportunities.
  • Resources: Attendees will discover available resources to assist with managing and scaling their small or emerging businesses.

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