26 May 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
Universal Commercial will invite procurement representatives, small business advocates, advisors, and economic development representatives from across the Mid-South to share their expertise and insight on a host of business topics.
The June 3rd event features Alandas Dobbins, president of NSight Communications and chair of the City of Memphis’ Minority Business Development Oversight Committee (MBDOC), and Carlee McCullough, Director of the City of Memphis’ Office of Contract Compliance. Dobbins and McCullough will discuss the establishment and work of the newly-formed MBDOC, which is increasing accountability across the 15 divisions of Memphis City Government regarding contracts with minority and women-owned businesses.
Eyeing the increase in black-owned businesses in Shelby County, brothers and business partners Darrell and Donnell Cobbins of Universal Commercial (the only African American-owned and run commercial real estate entity in the Memphis area) decided to form monthly power breakfasts open to minority-owned businesses across the Mid-South.
The breakfast events are to provide MBEs the opportunity to interact with decision-makers as well as engage in meaningful information sharing and potential resource exchanges with their peers, and in a strictly business-to-business setting.
“Building regional business relationships that lead to growing of our businesses is the main purpose in our desire to bring MBE’s together more routinely,” said Donnell Cobbins. “The pie is only so big in each of our geographic backyards, so we have to seek to do business with each other, as well as pursue opportunities in neighboring markets to achieve a sustainable growth trajectory for our companies.”
Darrell Cobbins said one of the main goals is for MBEs to find synergies and capitalize on those commonalities by pursuing business regionally.
“We also want these sessions to be solutions-based and informative,” said Cobbins. “We expect that minority businesses will see increased revenues through having a regional forum to connect with each other and those leaders that can connect them with business opportunities throughout the region, whether it’s how to claim a larger stake of contracts or merging talents and resources within the MBE community.”