Mayor Barry to Speak at Business Event Aug. 31

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry

NASHVILLE, TN — The Honorable Mayor Megan Barry, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, will be the featured speaker at the Annual Marketplace of Opportunities Business Luncheon, on August 31 at Noon, at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville. The theme of this year’s conference is “No Limits, Just Opportunities,” and will present procurement and business opportunities for minority business inclusion and corporate engagement of supplier diversity. The yearly event is sponsored by the TriState Minority Supplier Development Council (TriState MSDC), a national network organization, with footprints in Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. Vicki Yates, news anchor at NewsChannel 5, will serve as the luncheon emcee. Following the luncheon, the Ribbon-cutting will signal the opening of over 150 exhibits representing a myriad of major corporations, minority businesses, government agencies, and resource organizations.

There is no fee to the general public to walk through the exhibits in the West Exhibit Hall. Participating companies include, but are not limited to, Nissan, Toyota, Tennessee Valley Authority, Honda, CCA, Volkswagen, AT&T, HCA, Ingersoll Rand, Bridgestone, Fayette County Public Schools, Louisville Gas & Electric, Cracker Barrel, Messer Construction, Guy Brown, SourceMark USA, FedEx, MIG Steel Fabrication, Tom Smith Industries, America’s Finest Filters, Houston-Johnson, and more.

Mayor Barry is the seventh Mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. Her election in the September 2015 runoff, after receiving the most votes in the August 6 General Election, represents a historic milestone as she is the first female Mayor of Nashville. She is the first Metro Council member to ascend to the Office of Mayor.

“We are thrilled to host Mayor Barry at this year’s Conference,” said Cheri Henderson, President & CEO of the TriState MSDC. She presents an impressive and inspirational profile of women generally, and as a political and community trailblazer, she is a testament to what is possible with determination and preparation.” She further stated, “This is the best venue to capitalize on profitable business relationships where there are No Limits. Just Opportunities.”

Registration is now open for the Conference which is expected to attract close to 1,000 attendees. The annual Conference is the state’s largest event of its kind for attracting minority businesses and major purchasers, who come together for a full day of networking, professional business development, personal growth opportunities and the potential for contacts that lead to contracts and/ or purchasing orders.

Participants will have the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with local, regional and national business men and women, community and political leaders. Workshop sessions will offer a focused discussion on industry trends and con- tract opportunities with major corporations and government agencies, corporate and minority business mentorship, enhancement of supplier diversity programs, as well as how small businesses can benefit significantly from capital, contract- ing and counseling. The workshops are free to the public.

To register, or learn more about the Annual Marketplace of Opportunities, explore the website, at

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