Conferences & Events Business Opportunities

Conferences & Events

Diversity & Inclusion Conference Philadelphia 2019
March 25-26, 2019

A hospitality industry and education summit dedicated to the exchange of insights and concepts about Diversity and Inclusion best practices. See Flyer for more information.  2019 D&I Flyer


ROAR Conference & Matchmaker Workshop Preview
March 19, 2019

ROAR conference in Pittsburgh offers one-on-one matchmaking, corporate roundtables, group networking sessions and informative workshops! Learn More


Philly NOW Women of the Year Awards
April 25, 2019

Please join us for an exciting evening with live entertainment, food and drink, and inspirational words from our honorees. Tickets are $50. Learn More


National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Leadership Conference
April 29, 2019

The NAWBO Greater Philadelphia 2019 Leadership Conference will consist of networking, panels, and breakout sessions all focused on creating the balance of building your business while still blooming personally! This will be a day of enrichment, learning and growth for women in business who are looking to take their business to next level without sacrificing their personal development and growth. Learn More


Business Opportunities

Meet the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

You are cordially invited to participate in this year’s Meet the Turnpike event on Thursday, March 28, 2019. We have invited PA Turnpike Commission’s largest departments to provide updates on contracting and procurement in their respective areas. Below is the agenda for the event. This is an opportunity for you to network with buyers and with each other. RSVP for this event no later than Monday, March 25, 2019. Space is Limited. Prime contractors are invited to attend and set up a table.

RSVPs can be sent to or via email to Tammy Miller at or by calling 717-831-7265.

5:00 p.m. -5:45 p.m.
Registration, Schedule Setup and Reception
5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Welcome and Introductions
Engineering and RFPs
Information Technology
Job Order Contracting
Strategic Sourcing
6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
“Meet the Departments”

Visit department tables to meet buyers and get information on upcoming opportunities.

7:00 p.m.


JOC Program Small Business Construction Opportunities

The JOC Program has an annual estimated value of small business construction opportunities totaling $50 – $70 Mil annually! Here is An Opportunity To Do Business with the Commonwealth!

All Small and Small Diverse Businesses that are interested in attending must register!

Click below for information about the JOC event and to begin the registration process:
South Central (Harrisburg, PA)- March 12
South Eastern (Cheyney, PA)- March 13
North Eastern (Scranton, PA)– March 14
South Western (Pittsburgh, PA)- March 18
North Western (Erie, PA)- March 19
North Central (Boalsburg, PA)– March 21

Helpful Tips For Preparing

The PA Department of General Services (DGS) has identified your company as a DGS Self-Certified and/or Verified construction contractor, supplier or design professional, or maybe you are a small or small diverse firm considering doing business with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We are excited to extend an invitation for your firm to participate in upcoming Job Order Contracting (JOC) Networking Fairs.

Participation will afford attendees the opportunity to network and market their goods and services directly to the awarded JOC program general construction, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical prime contractors for each of the six regions of the commonwealth. The JOC program will provide prime and subcontracting opportunities in construction (all disciplines) and professional design for agencies undertaking construction, renovation and maintenance projects with a total value of $300,000 or less.

Please come prepared with marketing materials and be prepared to discuss your goods and services in a five-to-seven (5-7) minute pitch with prime contractors!  All events will start promptly at 10 a.m.

During the registration process, you will need to rank the prime contractor(s) with whom you wish to share your five-to-seven (5-7) minute marketing pitch. A list of prime contractors in addition to a map of the regions defining the counties has been included in the Eventbrite.  If you have questions regarding your registration, please contact the Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities at

For more information on the JOC program, please contact the Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities at 717.783.3119, or email Paula Murphy, Construction Liaison at or Audrey Smith, Procurement Liaison at


Business Award Nominations Open
Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia Awards

Help us make sure women are well-represented at this year’s awards! Each year, the Excellence Awards celebration attracts hundreds of prominent business leaders to recognize the people and companies that have demonstrated unique vision, innovation and achievement in support of our region’s economy and small to mid-size business community.

The 2019 award categories are:

  • Small Business Person of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year (under 40)
  • Customer Service Excellence of the Year
  • Family-Owned Business of the Year
  • ImpactPHL Company of the Year
  • Manufacturer of the Year
  • Nonprofit Organization of the Year
  • Professional Service Excellence of the Year
  • Strategic Growth Excellence of the Year
  • Technological Excellence of the Year


Nominate a WBE that you know, or if you feel that you would be a candidate in any of these categories, please email Colleen LaCoss ( so that we can nominate you!

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Bidding Information Meeting – Penn State West Campus Garage and Infrastructure Project

Tuesday, April 9
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
PSU Visitor’s Center
State College, PA


Clayco will be hosting a bid informational meeting to discuss the Penn State West Campus Garage & Infrastructure project bid packages. This project includes the extension of White Course Drive to the parking site/civil/landscape improvements. The parking structure will accommodate approximately 1,650 parking spots and serve as the anchor building to West 2.