Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
November 2003
Marketplace 2003 Provides Support for Wisconsinís Minority Businesses

More than 500 people attended the 22nd Annual Gov.'s Conference on Minority Business Development in September. Gov. Doyle addressed the opening session of the conference and unveiled his plan to "Grow Wisconsin." The Governorís remarks, together with Secretary Nettlesís keynote address, made it very clear that this administration's plan for minority business development is an integral part of its overall economic development strategy.

Marketplace 2003 was a success any way we measure it. Minority business enterprises (MBEs) had the opportunity to display their wares in the exposition center of the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Milwaukee. One enthusiastic participant noted meeting at least 50 real business prospects during the two-day conference. Marketplace also exposed MBEs to many financial institutions, technical assistance agencies, and purchasing officers from public and private sectors. One-on-one meetings helped MBEs make the personal contacts necessary to help take their businesses to the next level. Workshops addressed such timely issues as how to get involved with the Marquette Interchange project. One of the most popular workshops was about how to do business with the tribes and casinos. Purchasing officers from several tribes and casinos spoke to an attentive audience about what they look for in the companies that provide them with goods and services.

You'll want to mark your calendars for Marketplace 2004, to be held September 22nd & 23rd, as we are looking forward to showcasing more of what the Wisconsin Department of Commerce has to offer.

--Jim Huff

The newsletter is issued electronically every other month.

Please send comments or questions to Barbro McGinn, editor.

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