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Reflecting on the Success of the City of Miami Pathways to Public Procurement Summit

What an eventful two days it has been! The City of Miami Pathways to Public Procurement Summit, hosted on October 19th and 20th at the scenic Jungle Island in Miami, has come to a successful conclusion. A heartfelt thank you to the City of Miami’s Procurement Department and all the amazing partners for putting up such an insightful gathering. As we sift through the wealth of insights, learnings, and experiences, it’s evident that the event was a resounding success.

The primary focus of the summit was to support the success of small, local, and minority businesses in government contracting. And the objective, I believe, has been more than achieved. The energy, enthusiasm, and entrepreneurial spirit I witnessed over the two days event were truly remarkable.

I had also the privilege to moderate a session titled “You have a contract, Now What.” Joined by the brilliant minds of Abel Herrera and Rubin Sloan, we explored the challenging post-contractual scenarios, shedding light on the unspoken aspects of procurement.

A Glance at some of the Summit Highlights

  1. Interactive Workshops: Engaging and insightful, these sessions provided businesses with hands-on knowledge, equipping them with actionable tools and strategies for succeeding in the realm of public procurement.
  2. B2G & B2B Matchmaking: Undoubtedly, one of the standout features of the summit. The innovative “speed dating for government contracting” approach facilitated a seamless and personal interface between businesses and the various tiers of government and industry experts.
  3. The EXPO: A bustling hub of activity where industry professionals, local resource collaborators, and government officials converged. This presented an unparalleled opportunity for attendees to network, forge new partnerships, and gain insights from the frontlines of public procurement.

With such a diverse range of sessions and opportunities, the summit was more than just a networking event; it was a holistic platform that nurtured growth, sparked innovation, and forged lasting connections.

Looking Ahead

As we reflect on the summit’s success, one thing is abundantly clear: There’s an immense pool of untapped potential within our local and minority business communities. With the right guidance, resources, and collaborative platforms like the City of Miami Pathways to Public Procurement Summit, there’s no limit to what these businesses can achieve.

For those who were in attendance, let’s take the lessons learned and the connections made and translate them into tangible growth for our businesses. And for those who couldn’t join us this time, we hope to see you at future events, as we continue our collective journey towards business excellence.

Together, let’s grow, learn, and succeed! 🚀

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