Wednesday, June 23, 1999

Minority contacts to be spread

Technology updates urged

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Opening doors and expanding all Greater Cincinnati businesses are goals for the 18th annual business exchange today and Thursday at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

  • What: 18th annual Cincinnati Minority Supplier Development Council Business Exchange.
  • When: 10 a.m. today, registration and exhibitor setup; 6 p.m. today, opening reception; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, exhibits and workshops.
  • Where: Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. River Center Blvd., Covington.
  • Why: To encourage minority companies to build business relationships with major corporations.
        The Cincinnati Minority Supplier Development Council Business Exchange is not just a key to those goals — but an entire key ring, said Arlene F. Taylor, council president.

        “Facilitating relationships between minority business enterprises and major corporations, that's always been our primary objective,” she said. “This year, we are trying to drive home the need for companies to engage in new technologies.”

        Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America is platinum sponsor of the two-day exchange, for the second year in a row. The exchange highlights 105 exhibitors today, and business workshops are planned for 9:45 a.m. Thursday. The council is a chapter of a national network of 38 councils representing 12,000 minority businesses nationwide.

        Marcus T. Franklin, 41, president and chief executive officer of TelSoft Inc., a soft ware quality assurance consulting company, will present a seminar Thursday on Web site and software development.

        “Our purpose is to make lots of local corporations aware of the service we provide and to help small-business owners learn how to use the Internet as a communication and marketing tool,” Mr. Franklin said.

        The Madisonville company, which was founded in 1992 and employs three people, welcomes another 1999 mission of the council, which is to encourage development of high-technology suppliers, Mr. Franklin said. “It's a marriage made in heaven,” he said.

        Also Thursday, New York marketing executive and author Stedman Graham will be keynote speaker at an 11:45 a.m. luncheon.

        While high-technology and supplier development are goals, the council intends to maintain its profile as an organization that scrutinizes mem ber businesses to ensure that the companies are owned, managed and controlled by minorities.

        The council is also announcing a partnership with Cincinnati Bell's ZoomTown to create a purchasing network that targets goods and services to Bell decision-makers, Ms. Taylor said.

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