Date(s) - 08/30/2016 - 08/31/2016
Nashville Convention Center
The 2016 Marketplace Conference will present more business and procurement opportunities than ever through a myriad of corporate, minority and government exhibits to services, products and programs. Consider added benefits through three (3) workshops featuring experts in their respective fields to foster ‘win-win’ business relationships for success. Challenge your thoughts, get fresh ideas and become motivated from powerful insights and strategies that work. Plus, take advantage of the wealth of invaluable networking and a memorable luncheon speaker featuring our new mayor of Nashville’s Metropolitan Government and Davidson County, Megan Barry, the first woman to hold the city’s top office. There are no limits to growing your business with purpose. Enjoy the many facets of this year’s event, and capitalize on profitable business relationships where there are “NO LIMITS. JUST OPPORTUNITIES.”
WEDNESDAY KEYNOTE LUNCHEON SPEAKER:
THE HONORABLE MAYOR MEGAN BARRY
Wednesday, August 31
Marketplace Luncheon • Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Megan Barry is the seventh Mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. Her election in the September 10, 2015 runoff, after receiving the most votes in the August 6 General Election, represents a historic milestone as she is the first female Mayor of Nashville. Barry’s election is also historic in that she is the first Metro Council member to ascend to the Office of Mayor.
Her focus as Mayor is on improving the educational outcomes at our public schools, engaging regional and state partners to develop a unified vision and plan for transporting, creating more affordable housing options for residents of all backgrounds and continuing to grow our economy while ensuring all parts of Davidson County share in the prosperity. In building her administration, Barry has put a sharp focus on ensuring that the Mayor’s Office is reflective of the city it serves. To that end, Barry has put together the most diverse team in the history of Metro Nashville, with a majority female staff and African Americans, Latinos and LGBT Nashvillians in key leadership positions throughout the administration.
MARKETPLACE SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE
TUESDAY, AUGUST 30
Noon – 5:00 p.m. Registration and Set-up of Exhibits
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Exhibitor Hospitality Reception
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Workshop 1: Centers of Excellence (Corporate Participants and Facilitators Only) Rooms 105 – 106
Workshop 2: What Can SBA Do for You: Capital, Contracting, and Counseling Room 103
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Workshop 3: Making Connections with Major Corporations and Government Agencies – Room 104
11:30 a.m. – 12 Noon Networking Prior to the Luncheon – Mezzanine Foyer – 2nd Level
Noon – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon featuring The Honorable Mayor Megan Barry, Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County Rooms 205 – 206
1:45 p.m. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Foyer – West Exhibit Hall
1:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Exhibits Open – West Exhibit Hall
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. TSMSDC Board of Directors Meeting (Directors only) Room 103
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Exhibits Closed/Move-out
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Freeman to clear hall