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About the Expo

Making a difference in a community requires time, money, and people. The Build the Future Expo will bring all three to Richmond, California, by hosting a business and construction conference in the heart of the city. The Expo will create jobs, use local and minority businesses, provide student scholarships and internships, bring in contracts, and offer technical assistance and community enrichment workshops to help revitalize a community ready for change, growth, and opportunity. Please join the Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council, the City of Richmond, and the Construction Resource Center as we make a difference and empower the City of Pride!

Date & Time


Thursday, August 10, 2017
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
 

Venue Address


Richmond Memorial Center
403 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804


Hotels


Courtyard Oakland Emeryville
5555 Shellmound St. Emeryville, CA 946086
(510) 652-8777
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Four Points Sheraton
1603 Powell St, Emeryville, CA 94608
(510) 547-7888
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Courtyard by Marriott Richmond Berkeley
3150 Garrity Way, Richmond, CA 94806
(510) 262-0700
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Food & Refreshments


Complimentary
Breakfast, Snacks, Coffee, & Refreshments
For lunch, choose from
  • Turkey Sandwich with Chips and Cookie
  • Roast Beef Sandwich with Chips and Cookie
  • Cobb Salad with Fruit Cup (Dressing on Side)
  • Garden Salad with Fruit Cup (Vegetarian, Dressing on Side)
Catered by local Richmond business

Natural low-calorie beverages made with non-GMO sparkling fruit juices and organic apple cider vinegar Donated by Certified MBE

For Purchase
Meals are also available from local food trucks stationed outside the Expo

Industries attending this event include:


  • Construction
  • eCommerce
  • Entertainment
  • Financial Services
  • Food Production & Packaging
  • Government
  • Hard Goods
  • Health Care
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance
  • IT
  • Life Sciences
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Utilities
  • Warehousing
  • & More!


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Agenda




Expo Layout


Directions & Parking


Directions – Parking is free!




Agenda

Registration


No refunds allowed

Want to pay only $35 for an Expo ticket? If you are a small and/or diverse business*, input the applicable discount code below when registering. has generously offered to pay the difference. This offer is only available while supplies last, so act now!
  • "ThanksUB1" for companies less than $10M in annual sales
  • "ThanksUB2" for companies more than $10M in annual sales

*Minority-owned, Woman-owned, LGBT-owned, veteran-owned
Any Large or Medium non-diverse-owned companies, including Local, State and Federal government agencies do not qualify.

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PUBLIC
SUPPORTERS

Matchmaking

To sign up for Matchmaking, you must register to attend the Expo. Once you register, you will receive an invitation to apply for Matchmaking.


Confirmed Buyers & General Contractors


  • Alten Construction
  • Ampcus
  • Apple
  • AT&T
  • Caesars Entertainment
  • California Department of General Services
  • California Water Association
  • Chevron
  • Comcast
  • Comerica
  • CSAA Insurance Group
  • EBMUD
  • Facebook
  • Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Genentech
  • Ghilotti Bros, Inc.
  • IBM
  • MGM Resorts International
  • Overaa Construction
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Robert Half
  • Safeway
  • Starbucks
  • State Compensation Insurance Fund
  • Turner Construction
  • Union Bank
  • Zones



While every effort is made to provide maximum matchmaking appointments there is no guarantee that you will receive appointments.
Appointments are driven by the corporation/government entity's need and strategies.

Exhibitors

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  • AgreeYa
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • AT&T
  • Caesars Entertainment
  • Chevron
  • City of Richmond
  • City of Oakland
  • Comcast
  • Construction Resource Center
  • CSAA Insurance Group
  • Design Visionaries Inc.
  • EastBay Works
  • EBMUD
  • Executive Office Services
  • Facebook, Inc.
  • Federal Reserve Bank of SF
  • Home Depot
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Laner Electric Supply
  • MatchPoint Solutions
  • McKesson
  • MGM Resorts International
  • Nerd Crossing
  • Oracle
  • Overaa Construction
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Robert Half
  • Rose International
  • Safeway
  • San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit
  • SBM Management
  • Siemens
  • TATA Consultancy Services
  • The Office City
  • Union Bank
  • VAOPTO
  • Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council
  • World Wide Technology
  • Zones


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Booths


Booths are 10’x6’ and include 2 chairs, a 6’ table, table linen, skirting, (1) 7”x40” Exhibitor ID Sign, and 3’ side rails. Please see below for information on ordering additional items for your booth.
 

Stations


Stations are 6’x4’ and include a 4’ table, table linen, skirting, and (1) 7”x40” Exhibitor ID Sign. Please see below for information on ordering additional items for your booth.
 

Setup Times


August 9, 2017, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Event Day Set Up: August 10, 2017, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
 

Shipping, Carpet, Power & More


Rossi Expositions will provide complete material handling for exhibitors and show management. Freight shipping will be received and stored at our warehouse beginning 30 days prior to show move-in. Please note: Weekend deliveries are not accepted.

The payment of these services will be the sole responsibility of each exhibitor at the following rates:
  • $82 per 100 lbs (200 lb minimum) for advanced freight orders
  • $92 per 100 lbs (200 lb minimum) for late or onsite order
Coming Soon: exhibitor website for shipping labels, additional exhibit booth and station rentals and more!

For more information on exhibitor booths and stations please contact Rossi Exhibitions at (510) 436-7500.

Workshops

Main Auditorium
Selling to Starbucks from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  
Speakers:
James Hing, Global Category Manager, Supplier Diversity, Starbucks Coffee Company
Today’s discussion is about What Starbucks has as potential opportunities; What it takes to be considered for future potential opportunities and How to show up for those future potential opportunities when presenting your value proposition. James will give you guidance on creating your introductory presentation that showcases your company story and unique capabilities. Click here for a list of goods and services Starbucks is seeking.
Business Storytelling 101 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Speakers:
Roesia Gerstein, Supplier Diversity Program Manager - Supply Chain Management, UC Berkeley & UCSF;
Nathan P. Mosley, CPPB (Certified Profession Public Buyer), Construction | Facilities Commodity Manager, UCSF
Did you know that storytelling can increase your company's revenue?
Storytelling is an ancient form of intriguing people while sharing information. in this 45-minute session, learn how you can create a compelling story about your business and the products and/or services you provide. We will explore the elements of a good story, learn about content marketing, and squeeze in a little practice in creating a business story. Bring your creative side and join us.
Amazon.com Business Workshop from 1:20 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.
Speakers:
Jonathan Allen, Amazon Business, Merchant Business Development, Credentialed Recruitment - Commercial Products
Jeremy Locke, Amazon Business, Merchant Business Development, Technology Office Education
How to sell products as an MBE on Amazon to both consumers and businesses.

Dealer’s DenCatalina/Drummond Rooms
All Money is Green from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and  2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.  


Hard Hat HallFarallon Room
Bonding & Insurance - Protect Yourself! from 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Speakers:

Anne Nevard, Vice President, Risk Management Consulting, Merriwether & Williams
Carol Henry, Bond Program Manager, Merriwether & Williams
Mitigating risk is key with any project. This overview of insurance and bonding will equip you with practical knowledge of insurance and bonding. It will also help you to understand how it protects you and others and increases your business opportunities, as well as how to build your bonding capacity.
Construction 101: MBE2MBE Success Strategies and Market Trends from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Speakers:
Gerri Harris, Executive Director, Diversity & Contracts, MGM Resorts International
Richard Copeland, THOR Construction Company
Ravi Norman, CEO and Chief Strategist, THOR Construction
Facilitated by industry leaders, MGM Resorts International and THOR Construction, this workshop educates subcontractors on a variety of inclusion techniques that extend diversity participation and foster growth of diverse businesses into more viable enterprises.
 
It will also help you understand the current climate of accelerated change and demographic shifts as it relates to industry market trends. Learn how to utilize these “Best Practices” in a way that results in contractual engagement.

Estimating: Counting All of the Costs to Yield a Profit from 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Speakers:
Miguel Galarza, President, Yerba Buena Engineering & Construction, Inc.
Not sure how to bid that big job? Unsure as to whether you accounted for ALL costs? Learn the best practices and pitfalls of estimating in order to increase your profit.

G.R.O.W.Emerald Room
Get Ready for Opportunities to Win!
Selling to the State of California & the Federal Government from 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Speakers:
Tanya Little, Business Development Program Manager, California Department of General Services
Vernita Naylor, Published Author / Small Business Ambassador / Founder, Jabez Enterprise Group (JEGroup)
Antonio Doss, District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration

Lori Falkenstrom, Small Business Specialist, US General Services Administration

A hands-on panel led by procurement experts from leading federal and state government agencies. It will include opportunities to learn about certification by the California Department of General Services for all state sales and the SBA for national certification.



Community CenterPlaza
Going Green – It’s More Than Recycling from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Identifying high-quality products and obtain expert advice when planning a major remodel or replacing a showerhead. This workshop will provide you with “best in class” suggestions that can save you money and make your home more beautiful, healthy and comfortable.
How to Identify a Good Contractor from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
In a field where there are so many varying degrees of trade expertise, homeowners are not always comfortable with identifying a skilled contractor who possesses quality workmanship, affordable rates, and who is deadline and budget conscious. This class will help you identify the best company for your project with no regrets.
Home Energy Efficiency – A Healthy Savings from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Learn how to reduce your gas and electric bill by implementing these practical solutions to increase energy efficiency

Students

INTERNSHIPS


We are committed to investing in the leaders of tomorrow. As such, affording local, trade-based job experience is the key to students’ future success. The internships listed below are being offered to local eligible students.

Requirements to Apply: Rising High School Senior or recent High School Graduate, GPA of 2.5 cumulative or above, completed internship application and mandatory participation of the applicant and guardian in one of the Parental Academic Engagement Classes on 7/28 (6pm-7:30pm) and 8/5 (10am-11:30am) at the Construction Resource Center, 360 S. 27th Street Richmond, CA.

Apply Now: 2017 Student Internship Application

Internship List:
Company Location Number of Positions Internship Duration Position Title Position Description Wage Position Number
Alten Construction Richmond, CA 2 8 Wks/32-40hr/Wk Construction Intern Assist with Project Set-up, RFIs, Submittals, Data Entry, & Filing, etc. $12/hour 1001-AC
Construction Resource Center Richmond, CA 1 6-8Wks/20hrs/wk Construction Coordinator Assistant Assist with Member Set-up, Coordination of Bld Meetings, Update Dashboards, filing, etc $12/hour 1002-CRC
Greater New Beginnings Youth Services, Inc Oakland, CA 1 8 Wks/30hrs/wk Tutor/Clerical Assistant Assist residents with math, file, resident, file set-up, etc. $12/hour 1003-GB
Yerba Buena Engineering San Francisco,CA 1 6-8 Wks/32-40hrs/wk Construction Intern Assist with Project Set-up, RFIs, Submittals, Data Entry, & Filing, etc. $14/hour (*$300 Travel Stipend for Awardee Residing Across the Bay) 1004-YBE
All Star Rents San Pablo, Antioch 2 2-3 months (possibly more) Equipment Attendant (Entry Level) Assist in the efficient flow of customers through the rental yard location; assists customers with needs. (Full JD to be provided upon application)
loads and unloads equipment and performs routine maintenance on equipment.
$12/hour 1005-ASR


Frequently Asked Questions: Student Internships are being offered as part of the Business and Construction Expo to local students from Oakland, Richmond, and the San Francisco area. These efforts are to help students build relationships that result in sustainable career paths. 
 

1. What Internships are currently being offered?
 
See Positions Above
 
2. What is the Deadline to Apply?
 
July 31, 2017
 
3. How do I Apply?
 
a. Print and complete application available on the website, www.buildthefututeexpo.com
b. Attach applicable documentation
c. Submit completed application packet via email to ccornelius@constructionresourcecenter.org
d. Call Cathryn Cornelius to sign up for one of the Parental Academic Engagement Classes on 7/28 (6pm-7:30pm) and 8/5 (10am-11:30am) at the Construction Resource Center, 360 S. 27th Street Richmond, CA.
 
4. When & how will applicants be notified?
 
a. Applicants will receive an initial confirmation of receipt of application
b. If selected, they will undergo an initial phone screen
c. If selected to move forward, a personal interview will be scheduled with the respective company
d. If not selected at any time during the process, applicants will receive an email indicating such
e. Applicants who are selected will be notified by August 4, 2017
 
5. Should an applicant apply if their GPA is “slightly” below 2.5 and they meet the other criteria?
 
No, every applicant must meet all requirements.
 
6. What is the position description for each position?
 
See position description for respective position. 
 
7. What is the hourly and duration of the positions?
 
See position duration for respective position.
 
8. Will it help an applicant to contact the company directly?
 
No.
 
9. Will the applicant be responsible for their own transportation to their position if selected?
 
Yes. The position will be considered employment and as such each selected applicant will be subject to the same guidelines as employees when it comes to punctuality and other company policies.
 
10. If selected, is it mandatory the selected applicant attend the 8/10 Expo?
 
Yes, we will work with each selected applicant as we would want him or her to attend. Each internship will be formally awarded at the Expo by the designated company representative. 
 
11. Who can applicants contact for questions?
   
12. If selected, do I provide my hire and schedule to the Expo representatives?
 
No, once selected, each applicant will work directly with the hiring company.
   
 

SCHOLARSHIPS


Students are our future and providing monetary assistance to help them achieve their academic goals is one of many resources the Construction Resource Center provides to support local stars. The two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to qualifying High School seniors. Apply and submit your application packet today.



Requirements to Apply: High School Seniors with a GPA of 2.5 cumulative or above, current unofficial transcript, letter of recommendation, list of extracurricular activities reflecting your contribution to your community essay (See Internship Application), and mandatory participation of the applicant and guardian in one of the Parental Academic Engagement Classes on 7/28 (6pm-7:30pm) and 8/5 (10am-11:30am) at the Construction Resource Center, 360 S. 27th Street Richmond, CA.

Apply Now: 2017 Student Scholarship Application

Frequently Asked Questions:
 

1. What scholarships are currently being offered?
 
Two $1000 scholarships to local qualifying HS Seniors
 
2. What is the Deadline to Apply?
 
July 31, 2017
 
3. How do I Apply?
 
a. Print and complete application available on the website, www.buildthefututeexpo.com
b. Attach applicable documentation
c. Submit completed application packet via email to ccornelius@constructionresourcecenter.org
d. Call Cathryn Cornelius to sign up for one of the Parental Academic Engagement Classes on 7/28 (6pm-7:30pm) and 8/5 (10am-11:30am) at the Construction Resource Center, 360 S. 27th Street Richmond, CA.
 
4. When & how will applicants be notified?
 
a. Applicants will receive an initial confirmation of receipt of application
b. Applicant packets will be reviewed for completeness
c. Selected applicants will be contacted for interview
d. If not selected at any time during the process, applicants will receive an email indicating such
e. Applicants who are selected will be notified by August 4, 2017
 
5. Should an applicant apply if their GPA is “slightly” below 2.5 and they meet the other criteria?
 
No, every applicant must meet all requirements
 
6. Can an applicant apply for an internship and scholarship?
 
Yes, applicants are not limited to applying for either the scholarship or internship.
 
7. Can an applicant apply for both scholarships?
 
No
 

Supporters

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Contact

For all Expo inquiries: events@wrmsdc.org


The Build the Future Expo is hosted by the following partners:

Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council (WRMSDC)



WRMSDC supports the growth and welfare of minority communities by championing the use of minority-owned businesses in Northern California, Nevada, and Hawai‘i. Our parent organization, the National Minority Supplier Development Council, helps over 12,000 minority businesses connect with major Fortune 500 corporations and their buyers every year. Please visit us online at www.wrmsdc.org.
 


Construction Resource Center



The Construction Resource Center (CRC) is a “one-stop” platform offering educational assistance to local Contractors and Tradespersons from trade-specific classes, E-Learning modules, one-on-one consultations, bid opportunities, employment and more. We provide resources 24hours a day to help you and/or your company successfully overcome barriers preventing self-sustainability and capacity-building. Please visit us online at www.constructionresourcecenter.org of 510-307-8057.
 


City of Richmond



The City of Richmond’s Employment & Training Dept. ensures a continuum of education and training opportunities that support a skilled workforce, provide youth the opportunity to achieve career goals, and support the success of local businesses through a range of direct services.