2017 Virginia DBE Transportation Training Symposium  -  March 8-9, 2017 - Greater Richmond Convention Center - Richmond, VA
2017 Virginia DBE Transportation Training Symposium  -  March 8-9, 2017 - Greater Richmond Convention Center - Richmond, VA

Symposium Highlights

Let's Talk Business Procurement Workshop - Breakfast workshop on upcoming transportation contract opportunities in the Commonwealth to include VDOT procurements (construction, professional services, non-professional goods and services), design-build projects such as Transform 66, Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, Hampton Roads High Rise Bridge, and local government procurements.

Smart Scale, Funding the Right Transportation Projects - Learn about how Virginia is the first state in the country to use an outcome-based prioritization process to select transportation projects.

Road Work Ahead - Art Jackson is a professional speaker, executive coach and the President of Eagles Nest Performance Management, Inc. He is a recognized expert in the areas of leadership, performance improvement and interpersonal skills.  Art is the originator of the Purpose Centered Leadership™ system that has been used to improve performance in many facets of public and private life, and is also the author of the diversity and inclusion book "Lions and Tigers and Bears – Oh My" and  "Hangin' Round The Barrel – How To Get Paid Everything You're Worth and Be Worth Everything You're Paid."

Luncheon Speaker - Ron Busby, is President/CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC), Ron Busby, Sr. brings business management skills as well as a lifetime of community development experience to the organization. Mr. Busby is a former successful business owner himself, and he has been recognized as one of the nation's best CEOs.

Capacity to Succeed - Dr. Melvin Gravely II is a popular speaker and noted thought leader in minority business development, as well as, the President and CEO of TriVersity Construction Company, a full-service commercial builder and one of the largest construction companies headquartered in the Cincinnati area. He is also the founder of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Thinking, a think tank focused on improving the results of minority business development efforts. He has served as an advisor to communities, business support organizations, major corporations, and minority businesses across the nation. Dr. Gravely has written seven books, including the popular four-book fable series: The Lost Art of Entrepreneurship, When Black and White Make Green, Getting to the Next Level, and What Is the Color of Opportunity?

DBE Tool Box - Lessons learned from owners of DBE firms and good advice about what tools are essential for a DBE firm's toolbox.

Networking Reception - Great opportunity to mingle in an informal atmosphere, connect with your contacts, meet new partners, and share ideas with other attendees.

Awards Program - Companies are recognized for outstanding contributions in support of VDOT projects and the VDOT DBE Program.

Matchmaking Event, Let's Talk Business - Don't miss this opportunity to network with prime contractors and consultants, DBE firms, and VDOT Districts. This is one way to get your foot in the door, but this is just the beginning – make sure you follow up after the symposium.

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