SAVE THE DATE | WBDC 2024 Midwest Business Conference 9.12.24

2024 WBDC Virtual Corporate Connections

May 15, 2024, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., CT via Zoom

A virtual engagement designed to hear from our Corporate Partners on how to do business within their organizations. Supplier Diversity and Sourcing Professionals will highlight their category needs for the next 12 – 18 months as well as provide insights into their sourcing strategies.


Program Format

The Virtual Corporate Connections begins with a welcome and program highlight.  Then the program will transition to industry specific breakout rooms. That includes 3 breakout sessions in which WBEs select the industry specific rooms they would like to visit. As attendees, each WBE will provide a 60-second introduction about their company.


Confirmed Corporate Partners  |  Category Opportunities



Allina Healthcare


Amazon | HVAC (at least 40 technicians/$20M in revenue), Fire/Life/Safety, Landscaping & Snow Removal, Plumbing, Electrical

Andersen Corporation

Beam Suntory | Construction/General Contractors/Engineers, IT, Logistics, Marketing, Any Sustainability-Related Suppliers

Border States | Utility/construction industry manufactured materials, Branded Company Apparel, Workforce Augmentation Support


Cardinal Health

Centene | Business Consultants, Healthcare Related Companies, Payment Integrity

CenterPoint Energy

Children’s Minnesota



Metropolitan Community College





Turner Construction

United Airlines | Architecture/engineering, Aviation-specific PMA (parts manufacture approval), Background check services, Cabin cleaning, Construction management firms, Digital technology professional services (application development; field services; managed service provider for operational aspects; enterprise infrastructure performance monitoring; call recording software support; customer chat platform support), Digital technology value added services such as architectural/design services, Financial wellness coaching/education, Freight services (domestic and international), General Contractors, Ground transportation services, Hardware sales and servicing, Legal services, Promotional products, Medical plan design and delivery consulting, Snacks and spirits

United Health Group

US Bank | Open to all categories for future opportunities, General Contractors, Construction (for Tier 2), Facilities/Janitorial (Tier 2)

Xcel Energy | Utility Construction – Overhead, Underground, Gas, Pipeline, Horizontal Drilling, Hydro excavation, EPC & EPCM, Civil Construction and trade services, Renewable energy and renewable energy generation, Energy Efficiency

Please visit this page regularly for the most current list of confirmed Corporate Partners and Category Opportunities for the Virtual Corporate Connections.  This event is open to all WBENC certified WBEs.  WBEs certified through the WBDC – Midwest Regional Partner Organization have received an email invitation with the registration link. If you have not received the invitation and are a WBENC certified WBE and would like to attend, please email Karen Goldner at



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