M/WBE department hosts virtual Knowledge Is Power conference 


Dallas ISD’s Minority & Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) department is hosting the annual Knowledge Is Power Business Conference, which will take place virtually from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25. Gain insight from three successful entrepreneurs who will share their strategies for dealing with volatility and changes in the economic landscape:

  • Elba Garcia, Dallas County Commissioner for District 4
  • Patricia Rodriguez Christian, President and CEO of CRC Group Inc
  • Hiawatha Williams, founder of the Williams Chicken franchise

Get their take on inflation, recession, global pandemics, and other circumstances that have a profound impact on the business environment. At the conference, best strategies for dealing with the rapidly changing business environment will be discussed and there will be breakout sessions on Business Finances, Understanding the Procurement Process, and M/WBE Certification. This workshop will be presented by the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency, The Women’s Business Council Southwest, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council. 

Breakout Session – Growing your Financial Capacity

Business is going well and you have come to a crossroads where you might ask, “Are we in a financial position to grow our business?” Hear from a finance expert about the signs that your company has experienced an increase in financial capacity and may be in a position to grow. 

Breakout Session – Understanding the Procurement Process

So, you are interested in bidding for a contract with a public entity like Dallas ISD, Dallas College or UT Southwestern. The procurement process and forms are overwhelming. Do not be intimidated. Join this dynamic workshop that will demystify and help you to better understand the regulations behind the procurement process. 

This workshop will be presented by Jonathan Bey, who was recently recognized at the 2022 TASBO Engage Conference in Grapevine with the “Commitment to Excellence Award.” He is the retired executive director of Purchasing for Fort Worth ISD and was named a life member by the TASBO Board of Directors. 

Breakout Session – M/WBE Certification

Have you ever wondered how and why the Minority & Women Business Enterprise certification is of vital importance to the success of your company? Find out at the M/WBE Certification breakout session.


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