MIAMI, FL – Aug 14, 2015 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – The Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council (SFMSDC), also known as the Gateway Council, is inviting the minority business community of South Florida to attend the Florida International University (FIU) Vendor Opportunity PowerNet on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at FIU Biscayne Bay Campus located on 3000 NE 151 Street, Miami FL 33181.

The FIU Vendor Opportunity PowerNet starts at 8:30am and is a free event. During the FIU Vendor Opportunity PowerNet, attendees will be able to learn about all the commodities FIU is purchasing and they will be able to meet with FIU’s purchasing team. A list of some of the Goods and Services FIU is purchasing are listed here:

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at FIU will be in attendance to present a workshop, along with providing a 1 on 1 business consultation to the participants. The SBDC at FIU provides a team of highly knowledgeable business consultants to offer confidential, no-cost advising to entrepreneurs and business owners looking to grow.

Pursuant to FIU’s policy and guidelines, the Small and Minority Business Program (S/MBP) is responsible for ensuring equal opportunities in business contracting for all small business enterprises (SBE), including disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE), women-owned business enterprises (WBE), HubZone business enterprises and disabled veterans business enterprises (DVBE).

Beatrice Louissaint, President & CEO with SFMSDC encourages MBEs and other Minority Business Owners planning to attend the PowerNet to do some research about the University prior to the event and be prepared to connect with FIU’s purchasing team. “Do some research, and be ready to talk about your company’s good and services, and how they can help meet FIU’s procurement needs,” Mrs. Louissaint said.

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For any questions regarding this event, please contact the Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council (SFMSDC) at 305-762-6151 or visit

About FIU
Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, computer science, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes $8.9 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded over 200,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, [email protected], and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU’s Medina Aquarius Program houses the Aquarius Reef Base, a unique underwater research facility in the Florida Keys. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has over 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit

About the SFMSDC
The mission of the Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council is to link Corporations and Government Agencies with Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) to foster business development and expansion. Visit us at to learn about MBE Certification.

About the S/MBP
The S/MBP serves as a liaison between the University and the small and minority business community, with the goal of increasing utilization of S/MBE’s and maintaining diversity in the supplier and contractor base at Florida International University.