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About Our Conference
Now in its 40th Year, the Michigan Minority Procurement Conference (MMPC) continues to be the nation’s premier business conference, with a high focus on connecting global, national and local corporations with the top minority business enterprises (MBE) in Michigan and throughout the country.

MMPC 2021 Virtual Format
This year’s three-day event will be held fully virtually for a second year in a row, and will feature workshops, industry-specific forums, a diverse tradeshow floor, and a procurement matchmaker for MBEs to speak one-on-one with corporate buyers.

Build Relationships
The MMPC is the best way to meet the true decision makers in your field.

Discover New Opportunities
Develop business partnerships to further your business goals and attract high-level contracts.

Gain Exposure
Grow your company’s brand globally.

Learn the Industry
Learn how you can leverage the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council network to your benefit.

True Business Networking and Communication: The virtual MMPC 2021 will allow buyers, MBEs, and procurement teams to still have relevant networking and communication opportunities.
This will not be a series of live webinars: with the technology and programming we are putting together, this year’s MMPC will continue to set the standard in conferencing for 2021 and beyond.

Who attends MMPC?

  • Buyers & Corporate Procurement Teams
  • Purchasing & Supplier Diversity Executives
  • Minority Suppliers
  • B2B Industry Suppliers
  • Emerging Entrepreneurs
  • HR Professionals
  • WBEs & MWBEs

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EY’s Entrepreneur Access Network

Entrepreneurs Access Network

Entrepreneurs aren’t determined by race. Their potential shouldn’t be either. Entrepreneurs Access Network teams with Black and Latinx founders to transcend barriers and scale their businesses.

The EY Entrepreneurs Access Network elevates the ability for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs to obtain additional resources and networks needed to achieve new heights.

EY has teamed with equally committed companies/organizations to address the underlying causes versus just treating the symptoms these businesses face. This network provides participants access to an eco-village of curated curriculums, resources and funding to scale their companies, thus affecting change across economic and civic communities.

 

The greatest equalizer of wealth disparity is business ownership

On average, minority business owners have a median net worth 12 times higher than those who do not own businesses.

 

Entrepreneurs Access Network is a 12-month educational program and evergreen community, supported by a web of fellow advocating companies and organizations. This immersive journey includes a company assessment to identify the firm’s potential and needs to align it to the emerging, established or on-demand curriculums. It also includes teaming with a personal liaison for guidance throughout the program.

There are two program paths – Curated and On-Demand. Flexibility on criteria will be based on scalability of company.

 

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Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Moving the Entire State of Michigan to Phase 4 of MI Safe Start Plan: Stay Safe at Home Order Rescinded

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-110, rescinding her Safer at Home order and moving the entire state to phase four of the MI Safe Start Plan. The governor’s order will allow retailers to reopen on June 4 and restaurants to reopen on June 8, both subject to capacity limits. Day camps for children will likewise be permitted to open on June 8. Effective immediately, groups of 100 or less will be allowed to gather outdoors with social distancing. Office work that is not capable of being performed remotely can resume. And in-home services, including housecleaning services, can resume operations.

Michiganders must continue to wear facial coverings when in enclosed public spaces and should continue to take all reasonable precautions to protect themselves, their loved ones, and the community. And they should continue to work from home to the maximum extent possible. Subject to local regulation, gyms and fitness centers may conduct outdoor classes, practices, training sessions, or games, provided that coaches, spectators, and participants maintain six feet of distance from one another during these activities. Outdoor pools can also reopen, with restricted capacity.

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Moving the Entire State of Michigan to Phase 4 of MI Safe Start Plan

  • She has also rescinded the Safer at Home order.
  • Local leaders retain the ability to put restrictions in place if they think they need them.
  • But the data has shown that Michigan is ready to carefully move into the next phase, but we all owe it to the brave frontline heroes to get this right.
  • On behalf of health care workers, first responders, grocery store workers, child care workers, and everyone else who has been working to keep us safe from the beginning, every Michigander must continue to do their part.
  • The shift to phase 4 will occur in stages:
    • Effective immediately, groups of 100 or less can gather outdoors so long as they can maintain strict social distancing. Outdoor fitness classes are permitted so long as participants can remain six feet from one another.
    • Office work that isn’t capable of being performed at home can resume, though you still have to work from home if at all possible.
    • Drive-in movie theaters can start operating.
    • And housecleaning services and other in-home services can also resume.
  • On Thursday, retailers that have been closed can reopen with capacity limits.
  • And on this coming Monday, June 8:
    • Restaurants can reopen for indoor and outdoor seating, so long as tables can be kept six feet from one another.
    • And day camps can resume their activities, subject to further guidelines on how we can keep our kids safe.
  • Michiganders can find a full list of businesses that may reopen in the full executive order at michigan.gov/coronavirus.
  • This is GOOD NEWS.
  • But Michiganders still have a responsibility to do their part to lower the chance of a devastating second wave.
  • The governor will continue following the data – especially in the Grand Rapids region – but if the current trajectory continues, she anticipates in a few weeks that she will be able to announce the rest of the state moving into Phase 5.
  • Nobody wants to move backward.
  • But the governor may have to move us back if she sees a second spike coming.
  • So do your part to keep yourself and your family safe.
  • If you choose to go to a restaurant or take an outdoor fitness class, be smart.
  • Everyone has a responsibility here.

 

WHILE MICHIGANDERS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO STAY HOME, EVERYONE MUST CONTINUE TO BE SMART AND PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND ENCOURAGE THOSE WHO MEET THE CRITERIA TO GET TESTED FOR COVID-19

  • Last week, the governor signed an executive order that expands the types of medical personnel that can order a test to include nurses, physicians assistants, and pharmacists.
  • And creates a new category of community testing sites that offer testing to anyone with reason to be tested without an advance order, and without charging an out-of-pocket cost to any Michigander.
  • Dr. Khaldun also announced expanded criteria.
  • Michiganders eligible for testing include someone who:
    • Exhibits any symptom of COVID-19,
    • Has been exposed to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 or has symptoms.
    • Has been working outside their home for at least 10 days
    • Or resides or works in any congregate setting, such as a long-term care facility, prison or jail, homeless shelter, or migrant camp
  • If you go to a community testing location, medical personnel will be available to order testing upon arrival.
  • A person who wishes to be tested may call the Michigan coronavirus hotline at 1-888-535-6136 or visit www.michigan.gov/coronavirus test to find an appropriate testing location.
  • Getting tested is simple – If you fit the expanded criteria, find a test site near you, and get tested.

 

ON THURSDAY, THE GOVERNOR CALLED ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE FLEXIBILITY AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR STATES LIKE MICHIGAN TO RECOVER FROM THIS PANDEMIC

  • But Michigan also needs help from the federal government to encourage everyone who can to get tested.
  • Michiganders need the White House to create a plan outlining how the federal government will ensure adequate testing supplies so the governor and her team can gather the data they need to make informed decisions about re-engaging our economy.
  • And our state would benefit from a guarantee of free testing nationwide coupled with a robust federal messaging campaign to encourage Americans to get tested.
  • Most people don’t know they can get tested – or they’re afraid the process will be painful, invasive, or cost them too much money.
  • When the reality is that it’s quick, simple, and in many locations, free.

 

THE GOVERNOR IS TAKING A BIG STEP FORWARD TODAY. BUT THERE’S CRUCIAL INDIVIDUAL WORK TO DO TO AVOID A SECOND WAVE

  • Michiganders must stay smart. Stay safe. And if you fit the criteria, get tested. It’s on all of us to get this right.
  • Our state has come a long way together. And there’s no doubt that it has been hard.
  • Hard on our communities, our small business owners, our neighbors, and loved ones.
  • Those who have repeatedly, day after day, done their part have gotten us to this moment.
  • And so have the brave men and women on the front lines in our hospitals and grocery stores, taking care of our family members and loved ones.
  • The governor will continue working around the clock on these frontline heroes’ behalf.

 

Governor Whitmer Outlines MI Safe Start Plan, Re-Opens Manufacturing & Extends Stay Home, Stay Safe Order to May 28

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-77 to extend Michigan’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order to May 28. The governor’s order will allow manufacturing workers, including those at Michigan’s Big 3 auto companies, to resume work on Monday, May 11 as part of her MI Safe Start Plan.


Gov. Whitmer also outlined the 6 phases of her MI Safe Start Plan, which she developed with leaders in health care, business, labor, and education.
“I am working closely with health care experts and epidemiologists to closely monitor Michigan’s progress in the fight against COVID-19,” said Governor Whitmer. “As we move forward with the MI Safe Start Plan, I am working closely with partners in business, labor, and education to determine the best way to move forward each day. All of us know the importance of getting people back to work and the economy moving again. We’ve already reopened lower-risk sectors like construction, manufacturing, and lawn care.


“The worst thing we can do is open up in a way that causes a second wave of infections and death, puts health care workers at further risk, and wipes out all the progress we’ve made. That’s why we will continue to monitor the spread of this virus, hospital capacity, testing rates, and more as we work toward reaching the ‘improving’ phase.