January 18, 2002

SCRPC Combines Annual Two-Day Minority Business Opportunity Day Trade Fair Activities and Economic Development Award Dinner

Los Angeles — For the first time ever, the Southern California Regional Purchasing Councils, Inc. (SCRPC) will combine the 33rd Annual Minority Business Opportunity Day Trade Fair (MBOD 2002) theme "Strategic Opportunities in the New Economy" with the 18th Annual Economic Development Award Dinner.

The MBOD 2002 is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, February 12 and 13, 2002, at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. One of the nation's largest trade fairs of its kind, MBOD is a two-day event, which brings together representatives of major corporations (and other major purchasers) and minority business owners in a one-stop marketing environment, for the purpose of discussing possible procurement opportunities.

The Economic Development Award Dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel. The Economic Award Dinner is a black tie event that gives the Councils and its members the opportunity to recognize and honor an officer from one of our major corporate sponsors who has proven to be a true champion in supplier diversity.

According to SCRPC's Executive Director, Peter Wiers-ma, "We have an MBOD 2002 Trade Fair Steering Committee consisting of corporate members, suppliers and government agency representatives, all working diligently to make this event a really productive experience for every participant." MBOD 2002 will feature seminars and workshops designed to generate discussions that give minority business owners `hard facts' and insights on how to do business with various majority purchasers, trends in purchasing, e-commerce, etc.

Registration details on the MBOD 2002 Trade Fair and general information regarding other SCRPC programs may be obtained by going online to http://www.scrpcevents.org or calling (213) 380-7114 or (714) 750-1083.

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