Workshop & Panel Discussion

The Conference will feature the following workshops:

Accessing Financial Resources

This session will provide detailed information to help minority and female businesses identify financial resources available to sustain their business.  Information provided in this workshop will assist vendors in preparing and submitting the required documents when applying for financial assistance for their business.  Attending this workshop will provide you an opportunity to ask the experts how to identify and connect with capital resources for all your financing needs.

Understanding Purchasing at the University of Illinois

This session will enhance your understanding of the University of Illinois purchasing process. Topics to be covered include: Illinois Higher Education Procurement Bulletin, Regulatory Requirements, RFP and Sealed Bid Process, Evaluation Process, Performance and Impact of Senate Bill 51 on purchasing. The workshop will be facilitated by the Purchasing Offices of the University of Illinois Chicago, Urbana and Springfield campuses.

Doing Business with the Office of Capital Programs and Facilities Management

This session will discuss the different roles of Facilities Management and Capital Programs. This will include their organizational structure, areas of shared responsibility, how and where vendors are utilized, and vendor qualifications for each program. Information will be provided on revised policies for Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) in Capital Programs at the University, vendor registration, MAFBE QBS criteria in selections, MAFBE certification requirements, and an overview of recent state laws affecting MAFBE participation and goals in construction.

Proposed University of Illinois Supplier Diversity Initiatives - Bronner Group

The University has hired the Bronner Group to make recommendations that would lead to increased minority firm participation in purchasing, including capital projects. The Bronner Group will utilize this session to share potential strategies and University organizational structures and staffing levels with participating vendors and to ask for input on what the most effective strategies and structures may be. This session will be highly interactive and provide vendors with an opportunity to discuss what the most important barriers to participation are and what must be done to eliminate these barriers.

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University of Illinois
MAFBE “Making the Connection” Conference
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The University of Illinois MAFBE Conference will take place on June 15, 2011, at the UIC Forum. This year’s Making the Connection 2011 is focused on connecting the University’s buying departments with qualified minority, female and persons with disabilities owned businesses. The goal of the conference is to build relationships with MAFBE firms in order to enhance our supplier diversity initiatives.

The conference Networking Fair will feature exhibitors from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Urbana, and Springfield campuses. Also participating in the Networking Fair will be representatives from other public and private universities, including local government entities. The Networking Fair will provide an opportunity for business owners to connect and market their products and/or services to the buying departments.







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