August 20th-25th, 2013
20th Anniversary of the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice
On May 11, 2011, the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice hosted a national conference on Equity in Procurement and Contracting at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The conference brought together nationally-recognized scholars and local experts to discuss best practices, alternative methodologies, and the development of new tools for increasing small business participation in both public and private sector contracting activities. The conference was aimed to reach policymakers, business leaders, and the public in general interested in the development and success of women and minority-owned business enterprises.
Remarkable gains by minority-owned business stand to be squandered unless new growth strategies are adapted to compete in a rapidly changing business market. Minority businesses need to collaborate with corporations as well as with government agencies. This forum, cosponsored by the Springboard Economic Development Corporation and the Roy Wilkins Center, highlighted numerous tactics— legislative and otherwise— for improving the state of minority businesses.