Welcome From Carolinas-Virginia MSDC President

Eric Watson

President & CEO


The 2015 Business Opportunity Conference for Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council is right around the corner. I am looking forward to seeing you August 3rd and 4th in Virginia Beach for this fantastic annual event.

Throughout 2015, the Council has focused on its vision of Innovation, Elevation, and Transformation. This year’s conference theme is: Transformation – with an intense focus on “Delivering Transformational Results.” I invite you to be a part of the transformation!

We are excited about what we have accomplished in partnership with our Corporate Members, MBEs, and strategic partners—and the potential opportunities that lie ahead. BOC is the Council’s premier minority business networking event that connects minority business owners with some of the nation’s top corporations. The promotion of partnerships between corporations and minority businesses has been the ongoing purpose of BOC. During the conference, plenty of networking time has been incorporated to ensure opportunities to initiate new relationships and augment existing ones.

In scenic Virginia Beach, there is something for everyone. And for those of you who decide to arrive early, we invite you to join us for the following events:

  • Sunday August 2nd for a Welcome Reception that will be held at our host hotel, the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront. This evening event provides convenient access to the famous Virginia Beach Boardwalk as well as the beach just steps away.
  • Monday, August 3rd we will have golf, spa treatments and beach games to get everyone into the spirit of celebration. Later Monday evening, we will recognize the achievements of our corporate supporters and MBEs with a beach themed Awards Gala.
  • Tuesday August 4th the morning begins with our Leadership Breakfast to get us focused on a successful business day, with workshops for our Corporate Members and MBEs. Our Luncheon Speaker will bring it all together, aligning the experiences and expectations of Transformative Results. After lunch, we will have our Matchmaking and Networking sessions to foster intimate engagement and advance business opportunities. The Tradeshow promises to provide opportunities to meet and engage both corporations and minority-owned businesses, and it is always a highlight of the conference. The Connect Zone will be accessible over the two days for additional knowledge sharing, contract opportunities, and connections.

2015 BOC is a place to connect with like-minded professionals who are committed to growing wealth for our MBEs, increasing the revenue of our Corporations, and ultimately enhancing the work of supplier development. I encourage you to register now – and I look forward to seeing you at the 2015 BOC in Virginia Beach!

Best regards,

Eric Watson
President & CEO

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