Dayton HRC

Minority & Women Entrepreneurs’ Conference




Please join The Greater Dayton Minority Business Assistance Center for a full day of business capacity building!

At this conference you will gain information and actionable ideas to execute in your business immediately. The conference focuses on building a good business foundation, relationship building, and finding opportunities in both private and government contracting. Financial institutions and technical assistance providers will be available to discuss your personal financial needs and business challenges, to include trends and opportunities for accessing capital.

Registration to this event includes breakfast, lunch, and access to all workshops and panels. If you cannot attend all sessions, review the workshop descriptions and choose those which best meet your interests and stage of business.

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If you have questions or require clarification, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 937-333-1002.

Track 1: Emerging

Track 2: Established

Resource Room

These workshops are designed for those considering the launch of a new business or existing businesses with less than a year in operation. Existing business looking for operational best practices,  resources to expand, links to opportunities, and other actionable items to improve business success Business owners seeking immediate assistance from service providers may stop in throughout the day to complete certifications, speak with a lender, or to build a capability statement.
·         Business planning ·         State certifications ·         Certification Specialists
·         Capital for business ·         Local certifications ·         Contracting Specialists
·         Business assistance ·         Capability statements ·         Financial Institutions




Registration & Continental Breakfast



Welcome Address


From Idea to Execution Market Research that Won’t Break the Bank
This workshop will introduce participants to the feasibility and business planning process to gain insight into the direction of the business and serve as a management tool to help develop and guide decision making, as well as to achieve success and sustainability. Knowing as much as possible about the customers and market your business serves is critical to your small business success! You need to know what type of customers to target, where to find them, the size of the market for your product or service, and to identify your competition. The Dayton Metro Library provides several resources that can help you answer these questions.  Free resources will be emphasized, but we will also touch on some fee based services that may be helpful for those with the budget.

Kim Woodbury – Small Business Development Center (SBDC)


Ann Riegle-Crichton – Dayton Metro Library



Legal and Tax Aspects of Operating a Small Business DBE Certification and Doing Business with ODOT
Learn the essential financial documents and records to maintain for accounting and tax preparation. Gain best practices for record retention, filing rules, and getting the most out of working with your accounting or tax professional. In this workshop, learn the basics of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise  (DBE) certification, ODOT supportive services, and how to find construction projects. This interactive discussion will also include an overview of SBE certification, SBE set-asides, and the advantages of being pre-qualified.

Lance Bradstreet – Bradstreet Co CPAs


Juleda Stoltz– Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)



Access to Capital Lunch presented by Fifth Third Bank

Micah Dickson – Fifth Third Bank

Joel Bopp – Minster Bank

Caresse Drake – First Financial Bank

Scott Murphy – Downtown Dayton Partnership/Kiva Dayton




Accessing Capital for the Microenterprise IAP-TPA Business Opportunity
Get straight talk on what it takes to get capital to start and operate your enterprise. Best practices in preparing for loan applications and building relationships with financial institutions. Uncover modern alternatives in capital. IAP, as the third party administrator for the State of Ohio, is seeking to recruit and pre-qualify firms for facility maintenance, repair, and minor construction projects. In this workshop, learn how to get notified of opportunities to work with the State through IAP, as well as the specific details related to their pre-qualification process.

Joel Bopp – Minster Bank


Jennifer Schneider – IAP Government Services Group, Inc.



Marketing Toolkit State Business Opportunities
Design your blueprint for success in crafting your message and delivering it to your ideal customer. Participants will learn best practices for developing a target market, developing a social media strategy, and promoting your brand on shoestring budget.


Which certifications exist specifically for state contracts? How do you tap into set-aside opportunities? Where can you get advance notice of opportunities and information on who buys products and services like those offered by your business? Gain answers to these questions and more.

Frank “Buddy” Pitts – Concepium


Joseph Brooks – Ohio Development Services Agency Minority Business Development Division


4:00pm – 4:50PM

Finding Your First Contract Local Certification Opportunities & Training
Gain insight into prospecting for new business with public and private buyers. Learn how to hunt for opportunities, create strategic relationships, and leverage local resources. Walk away with a few best practices for digging your well, before you’re thirsty! Want to do business with the City of Dayton? Already certified and want a better understanding of the bid process, policies that could affect your success, and common issues between primes and subs? This workshop will provide details to help you improve your bidding and achieve successful performance on local contracts.



RoShawn Winburn – Dayton HRC


David Lyttle – Dayton MBAC


5:00pm Adjourn


Photos from the 2016 Conference

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