Department of Management Services

Supplier Diversity Day – Broward College 2017


SDD Broward 2017 Flyer

August 25, 2017

11:00 a.m. -  3:15 p.m. EST

Broward College – North Campus
OMNI Auditorium
1000 Coconut Creek Parkway
Coconut Creek, FL  33066   






PROGRAM (Adobe PDF Document 32.43 KB)

EVENT REPORTS & PHOTOS (Adobe PDF Document 3.06 MB)



Event Description & Agenda

Broward College, in collaboration with the Office of Supplier Diversity present the Supplier Diversity Day at Broward College.

The Supplier Diversity Day is a forum for local small businesses to interact with local, county, state and federal government representatives. The day will include a panel discussion, lunch and one-on-one interviews. During the panel discussion, attendees will learn about the perceived barriers in public contracting and how organizations are working to overcome these perceptions. During the Business Exchange portion, small business owners can market their goods and services directly with local and state buyers at scheduled one-on-one interviews.

11:00 - 11:15 a.m.: Opening Remarks

11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.: Panel Discussion on MBE Barriers in Public Contracting, Agency Progress & Accomplishments

  • Moderator: Beatrice Louissaint, President/CEO, Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Panelists:
    • Mary Catherine Coker, Director of Procurement & Warehousing Services, Broward County Public Schools
    • Sheldon Edwards, Manager of Minority and Small Business Enterprise, Miami Dade College
    • Cliff Nilson, Deputy Director State Purchasing, Florida Department of Management Services
    • Tom Quinn, VP & Senior Instructor, CEI/Florida Department of Transportation DBE Support Services
    • Zaida Riollano, District Director of Strategic Sourcing Procurement Services, Broward College
    • Melody Thelwell, Chief Procurement Officer, Miami Dade County Public Schools

12:45 - 1:15 p.m.: Sponsored Lunch

1:15 - 3:15 p.m.: Business Exchange One-on-One Interviews (12-minute interviews)


Scheduling Your Business Exchange Interviews

  • Suppliers & Small Business Attendees: after completing your registration and prior to the event, you will receive an email with a survey asking you to select the top agencies and organizations you would like to meet with.
  • Interviews are scheduled based on the order of the completed surveys. Complete this survey as soon as possible to secure interview appointments with your top choices.
  • We do our best to match attendees with at least three of the top five entities selected.


Driving Directions & Parking Information

Driving Directions & Parking Map (Adobe PDF Document 304.30 KB)

PLEASE NOTE: Attendees are *not* allowed to park in faculty or staff parking.

Google map of Broward College North Campus, OMNI Auditorium, 1000 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, FL  33066 



Wi-Fi will be available with a guest password.



A sponsored lunch will be provided to attendees.



The below list of hotels located near the OMNI Auditorium are offered as a resource if overnight accommodations are needed.

Courtyard Ft. Lauderdale North/Cypress Creek
2440 West Cypress Creek Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309


Sheraton Suites Fort Lauderdale at Cypress Creek
555 N.W. 62nd Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309


Fort Lauderdale Marriott North
6650 North Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309


Network with the following entities in the exhibit hall or during the Business Exchange one-on-one opportunities:
  Exhibit Participant One-on-one Interview Participant
Broward College     X     
Broward College Career Center  X
Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development     X        X   
Broward County Public Schools     X     
Broward Health     X     
Cartaya and Associates Architects     X     
CCS Presentation Systems     X     
City of Pembroke Pines     X     
D. Stephenson Construction Inc.     X        X   
First Choice Cleaning Contractors     X     
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services       X   
Florida Department of Corrections       X   
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles       X   
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice       X   
Florida Department of Management Services, MyFloridaMarketPlace       X   
Florida Department of Management Services, Office of Supplier Diversity       X   
Florida Department of Transportation DBE Support Services/CEI     X        X   
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission       X   
Florida Power and Light     X        X   
Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council     X     X
Gilly Vending     X     
Grace and Naeem Uddin, Inc.     X     
Jackson Health     X     
Lunacon Construction Group, Corp     X     
Miami Dade College     X          
Miami MBDA Business Center     X        X   
Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD)     X     
Miami-Dade County Public Schools     X        X   
Miami-Dade Expressway (MDX) Authority     X     
National Disabled Veteran Business Council, Inc.     X        X   
Office Depot, Inc.     X     
Palm Beach County School District     X     
Pirtle Construction Company     X        X   
PNC Bank     X        X   
Saltz Michelson Architects, Inc.     X     
Skanska USA Building Inc. Business Development     X        X   
Small Business Administration     X        X   
South Florida Regional Transportation Authority     X     
Stiles Construction     X        X   
Sunshine Cleaning Systems, Inc.     X     
Thornton Construction Inc.     X     X
United States Federal Department of Transportation, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, SE Region   X
and more!