AXIS Savannah Returns for a 2nd Year



Savannah’s Call To Economic Development

Savannah will once again host the South Coast Regional M/WBE Conference, Axis Savannah, September 30 – October 1, 2008. This year’s conference will open with a golf tournament on Tuesday, September 30th , 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort. The event, which connects Minority and Women Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) to greater corporate, government and business to-business access, features a full-day schedule on Wednesday, October 1st from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. Axis Savannah prepares attendees to embrace the value of supplier diversity and to equip their companies for broader success.

Axis Savannah provides the opportunity for key corporate/governmental players, minority and women-owned councils, and regional small businesses in the Savannah metropolitan area, other Georgia cities, Florida, and The Carolinas to have direct networking access to one another-coordinated by a broad-based collaborative. The Georgia, Carolina, and Florida Minority Supplier Development councils have partnered with co-title sponsors Georgia Power and Gulfstream Aerospace, the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Savannah, and the Georgia Women’s Business Council, along with The Savannah Tribune, The Atlanta Tribune-The Magazine and the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to ensure that Axis Savannah reflects the interests and addresses the needs of both purchasers and M/WBE suppliers.

The conference’s diverse steering committee positions Axis Savannah to connect southeastern M/WBEs with governmental entities and corporations (including Fortune 100 enterprises) like never before. Geared towards turning “contacts into contracts,” the agenda includes workshops, a leadership breakfast and luncheon with keynote addresses by major corporate executives Cornell McBride (McBride Research Laboratories, Inc., and Dr. Eunice Dudley (Dudley Products, Inc.) respectively, a trade fair, a networking reception and a pre-conference golf tournament.

In addition to highlighting the business advantages of supplier diversity, this event will brief M/WBEs on prime operational development strategies, such as obtaining certification, building effective business relationships and creating powerful business plans.

General registration for the October 1st conference and trade fair is $150 per person for a full day package (breakfast, workshops, luncheon, trade fair and reception ticket) and $250 for the full day package plus exhibit table. Another distinctive feature is the free trade fair walk-through between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.

Register Online at: www.gmsdc.org/axis08/index.htm

The South Coast Regional M/WBE Conference and Axis Savannah are committed to Connecting M/WBEs to Greater Access.

For more information or to schedule an interview with conference principals, call Tanya Milton at 912/233-6128 or 912/658- 2813. Or, e-mail:

tanya@savannahtribune.com

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