L-R: Tom Allon, Bill De Blasio, John Liu, Sandra Wilkin, Rev. Jacques Andre Degraff, Christine Quinn, William Thompson, and Scott Stringer
By Isseu Diouf Campbell
Minority and women business owners networked, gained information and made a resounding call for more access to city and state contracts at “The New Agenda for Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises” conference at New York University’s Kimmel Center in Manhattan on June 12, 2012.
The publication City & State partnered with the AlliedBarton Security Services company to present the conference, which had Mayor Bloomberg as the keynote speaker and New York City mayoral candidates William Thompson, Christine Quinn, Bill De Blasio, John Liu, Scott Stringer and Tom Allon in a roundtable moderated by New York Times City Hall bureau chief David Chen.
The conference – which also featured remarks from Rev. Jacques DeGraff, vice-chair of One Hundred Black Men; Sandra Wilkin, president of Bradford Construction and AlliedBarton New York VP and general manager Caress Kennedy – was an opportunity for minority and women owned businesses to learn how to use pension funds, private equity and board diversity to generate economic activity and growth and, importantly, how to make progress accessing city and state contracts.
Photos of the event