COMPETITIVE EDGE CONFERENCE
VIDEOS ON-DEMAND 2021

WELCOME REMARKS

27th Annual Competitive Edge
Conference “Moving Business Forward

Zenaida Rodriguez

INVOCATION

Inspirational Remarks

Reverend Jacques Andre DeGraff

PLENARY SESSION

Competitive Edge Conference Agency and Authority spotlights followed by a high-level discussion among executive leadership.

Moderator: Michael Clay

POSITIONING YOURSELF FOR PRIME TIME 

Prime Contractors and Authority leaders share upcoming opportunities they have and will provide tips on how to access and build relationships that transform into deals.

Moderator: Dr. Stacie N.C. Grant

PREPARE TO TAKE OFF WITH A WHOLE NEW JFK

One of the most exciting infrastructure projects in the State of New York is the redevelopment of JFK International Airport into a modern, 21st century airport.

Moderator: Suzette Bather-Taylor

SHIFTING THE CULTURE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Discussion with the new generation of Entrepreneurs on how shift changes affect MWLDBE and SDVOB programs and impact success.

Moderator: Daniel Lloyd

COMPETITIVE EDGE AWARDS LUNCHEON

CE Committee members from various agencies present notable acknowledgments and awards to successful small businesses with participating government agencies.

Awards Speaker: Nikki Fargas

PATHWAY TO PRIME THROUGH DISCRETIONARY PROGRAMS

Come learn about programs that can help you advance your firm as a prime
from city and state agency representatives.

Moderator: Nick Mendoza

FINANCIAL PROGRAMS FOR BUSINESS GROWTH

Learn from industry/agency leaders and direct lenders about resources available to help your business regain, rebuild, or restructure.

Moderator: Karen Tenenbaum, Esq.

NAVIGATING THROUGH A PANDEMIC: WELLNESS IS KEY

Hear about procurement opportunities, social responsibility, leading your team, adding the face mask to yourself to energize your team, best practices for small business owners, and approaches to balancing work and wellness to de- stress and move forward with renewed strength.

Moderator: Dr. Michele Reed

HOW TO SCALE YOUR BUSINESS FOR LARGER MARKETS

Hear from agencies, industry leaders and entrepreneurs for access to new networks, strategies for growth, and how to broaden opportunities including procurement best practices, and visions for growth of MWBEs, DBEs, SDVOBs and LBEs.

Moderator: Paisley Demby

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

The State of Competitive Edge transformation and words of inspiration.

Craig Robinson

CLOSING REMARKS

Conference wrap-up

Michael J. Garner