Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
August 2006
Minority Business Makes Good Sense in Wisconsin

I'm always amazed at how fast time flies. Indeed, this year's Governor's Conference on Minority Business Development – Marketplace 2006 - will be the 25th anniversary of the statewide event. I was not in attendance at the first conference, but I was at last year's in Waukesha and I am looking forward to this year's silver anniversary at the Hilton/Milwaukee City Center on September 13.

We are also planning for an important announcement at this year's conference – a new state initiative to spur the development of entrepreneurism in the minority business area.

Presented by the Department of Commerce and its Bureau of Minority Business Development, Marketplace 2006 carries on the tradition of mining minority business opportunities in the state. It is a great event with a day filled with speakers, meetings and workshops dealing with topics ranging from business financing to building capacity by entering the world of government contracting.

The keynote speaker this year is Glenn Henderson, Co-founder and CEO of Atlanta-based AFC Worldwide Express. After demonstrating a successful track record as an entrepreneur, Mr. Henderson co-founded AFC Worldwide Express in 1987. Under his leadership the company has been recognized as Vendor of the Year by Hallmark Cards, Inc. for 1993 and 1994, as well as an approved vendor for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Having achieved recognition in both the business community and his home community of Atlanta, he is eminently qualified to help other minority-owned businesses learn to grow and thrive.

Marketplace is always a terrific event, and a golden opportunity for established Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), emerging MBEs and minority entrepreneurs at the start-up level to meet with experts in a number of business-related fields. I hope to see you there as we help to grow minority-owned businesses in our great state.

-- Mary P. Burke, Secretary

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Please send comments or questions to Barbro McGinn, editor.

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