METRO Celebrates 2019 Small Business Week, April 29th-May 3rd

Enjoy small, interactive discussions of Metro programs and Metro Connect opportunities for our small business community.  Prepare for and take advantage of Metro’s commitment to small business!  Metro executives, staff and special guests will share insights. You can learn first-hand how Metro and your business can work together in the following sessions:

TUESDAY, April 30th (3rd Floor Gateway Plaza Conference Room)

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Join us for the Launch of our new small business assistance efforts. Our new Coffee and Conversations Series  is a means for Metro newbies and seekers to learn how to use all our small business tools. In an intimate setting, we will review the Vendor Portal and how to make the magic work for you. Leave here a registered Metro Vendor with the keys to Metro Certification. Bring your SMART Device, your respective NAICS codes, and your questions. We have answers for you. Featured experts for this event are: Al Mitchell, Director, Contract Administration, Supply Chain Management and Julie Ellis, DEO, Administration, Administrative Business Services.  Keynote Speaker: George Hanible, Vice President, Contract Compliance, DRAGADOS.  When you get your 15 seconds with a Prime Contractor, you need to recite your brochure anymore.  Let Mr. Hanible show you how to make your presentation exciting.   (Meet the DEOD Executive Officers Shalonda Baldwin, Tashai Smith and Miguel Cabral)


WEDNESDAY, May 1st (3rd Floor Plaza View Conference Room)

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Is there a Highway Project in your future?  What is the opportunity for your business? Come learn about what worked in the past and see what is coming.  Join Ernesto Chaves, DEO Project Management, Highway Program for a frank discussion about the Highway Programs.  


THURSDAY, May 2rd (3rd Floor Plaza View Conference Room)

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Where do you fit in on a Design-Build Project and a Bid-Build?  Is Metro’s free Contractor Development Program a good fit for your aspirations? Is there a Road map to Financing, if the banks don’t show you the way? Metro needs small businesses to be ready for the 21st Century transportation revolution. Let’s us help you get prepared. Please join us and hear from outstanding members of Metro’s elite - Carolina Coppolo, Executive Officer, Vendor/Contract Management, Colin Peppard, Sr. Director, Special Projects and Navid Barkhordar, Client Relations Manager, Merriwether & Williams Insurance Services to learn more!


FRIDAY, May 3th (3rd Floor Plaza View Conference Room)

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Want to meet some of our Winners?  Meet SBE’s who scaled the castle wall and are now Primes. The Metro SB Prime Set-Aside program really works.  You could be a winner too.  Want to grasp your own sorcerer’s stone? Come talk to some folks who are using Prime Contractors as subs and can show you the way they made it through the maze.  Our invited guest speakers are:  Rubina Chaudhary, MARRS Service Inc. and Marcy Szarama, Destination Enterprises Inc.  They are two of Metro’s Small Business Prime Contractors.  Please join us for this insightful discussion moderated by Brad Owen, DEO Project/Construction Management.


Tuesday, April 30-Friday, May 3, 2019

11:30am -1:30pm
Metro Headquarters Building
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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