Entrepreneur George Herrera, CNN Contributor Roland Martin Will Headline Maryland/District of Columbia Business Conference

Jun 16, 2010, 08:00 ET from Maryland/District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development Council

SILVER SPRING, Md., June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As small businesses struggle through a dismal economy, minority businesses continue to take the greatest financial hit during this economic crisis. The Maryland/District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development Council (MD/DC MSDC) is doing its part to level the playing field and save minority business enterprises (MBEs) by hosting its 28th Annual 2010 Business Procurement Conference titled "Innovate, Grow, Succeed," on June 28 and 29. George Herrera, president and CEO of Hispanic-owned Herrera-Cristina Group, and Roland Martin, CNN contributor, will head the conference as keynote speakers.

For nearly 40 years the Council, which is one of 37 regional councils within the National Minority Supplier Development Council, has been serving as a vital link between corporate members and certified MBEs for the purpose of increasing procurement and business development opportunities. It is comprised of more than 100 corporate members and more than 300 MBEs.

In 2008, the Capital Council facilitated more than $900 million in minority business procurement. In 2009, that number decreased to approximately $500 million, which demonstrates the drop in minority business procurement from corporate America. At this year's conference, the Capital Council plans to welcome more than 300 guests and 65 private and government exhibitors who will network with corporate members and MBEs.

The conference is mutually beneficial for MBEs seeking business development and for major buying organizations seeking increased profitability and innovative solutions.

About the Keynote Speakers:

George Herrera is a former president of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) and an influential Hispanic entrepreneur. He also serves on the Diversity Action Council of the Burger King Corporation.

Roland Martin is a key member of CNN's "Best Political Team on Television." Since joining the network in February 2007, Martin has hosted a variety of programs including a three-part series on the issues presidential candidates avoid addressing as Election Day nears. He is also the host of TV One's Washington Watch.

For more information, call 301.592.6700 or visit www.mddccouncil.org  for a complete listing of the agenda. To speak with a Council member about the importance and impact of the conference, call Veronica Walton at 301-592-6703.

SOURCE Maryland/District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development Council