CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council, in partnership with title sponsor Bank of America, will host its annual Business Opportunity Conference Aug. 8-9 at The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge in Charlotte, North Carolina. This year's theme will focus on "The Experience," providing a robust program for Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs); networking and panels for Corporate Members and purchasing directors; and a silent auction to support business training scholarships to the University of Richmond. Each year, hundreds of business owners, corporate members, and community partners attend.
The BOC featured speaker is D. Keith Pigues of Luminas Strategy, and the two-day supplier development conference also will include: corporate sessions and MBE workshops; a Leadership Breakfast; a Minority Business Enterprise exhibit hall; an awards presentation; Yoga sessions with instructor Stacy Winslow of Evolution Yoga; Connect Zone networking events; and a golf tournament at The Golf Club at Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge. Special guest speaker Gabrielle Goodwin, the 9-year-old CEO of GaBBY Bows and winner of the American Small Business Championship hosted by SCORE and Sam's Club, will share her experiences with conference attendees. This year's sponsors include: Altria, Bank of America, BMW, Capital One, Carolinas Healthcare, Dominion, Duke, Enterprise Holdings, Food Lion, Greenville Healthcare, Scana and Time Warner Cable.