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2018 Virginia DBE Transportation Training Symposium

March 14-15, 2018

Greater Richmond Convention Center
Richmond, Virginia

"Ramp-up for Success"


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Let's Talk Business Procurement Workshop - Breakfast workshop on upcoming transportation contract opportunities in the Commonwealth to include the Virginia Department of Transportation procurements (construction, professional services, non-professional goods and services), design-build projects such as Transform 66, Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, I-95 Express Lanes Fredericksburg Extension and I-95 Southbound Collector-Distributor Lanes − Rappahannock River Crossing.

Prevention of Sexual Harassment - The most effective weapon against sexual harassment is prevention. The speaker's presentation will focus on preventive strategies and plans on sexual harassment when performing on Virginia Department of Transportation contracts. Additionally, the speaker will talk about measures that employers can take in order to create a harassment-free workplace.

Luncheon Speaker - Ms. Daphne Maxwell Reid, an actress best known for her role as the second Vivian Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1993 until 1996. Ms. Reid graduated from Northwestern University where she was the first African-American woman to be crowned homecoming queen. While at Northwestern she began a modeling career, eventually signing with the Eileen Ford modeling agency. Ms. Reid obtained another first as being the first black woman to be on the cover of Glamour magazine. Daphne Maxwell Reid is an avid photographer of DOORS from around the world and is exhibiting and selling her collection entitled "Daphne Maxwell Reid's Fresh Prints®" at speaking engagements, art gatherings and on her website: http://www.DaphneMaxwellReid.com. Four beautifully published books of photographs, "DOORS", "Opening Closed Doors: Cuba 2015","Belgium: Doors Old & New", and "France", (accounts of her worldwide journeys to capture the portals) are available on her website. Also available on the website, "Grace, Soul & Motherwit: A Cookbook Spiced With Personal Memories", which was 36 years in the making.

Your GPS to Success - Learn from this panel of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise firms, primes and a consultant from private industry, the obstacles that they overcame on their way to becoming successful firms. Tips will be shared on how to find and retain clients. Advice will be provided on how to determine if a project is the right fit for your firm.

Accelerate Your Business Development and Financial Health - This panel will identify items needed for your business development and financial health checkup, and recommend areas requiring a tune up to prepare for driving in the acceleration lane.

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 Virginia Department of Transportation projects and the Virginia Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program.

Matchmaking Event, Let's Talk Business - Don't miss this opportunity to network with prime contractors and consultants, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise firms, and Virginia Department of Transportation 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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