2009 NCMSDC Minority Business Opportunity Expo   
Thursday, August 06, 2009     8:30 AM - 1:00 PM Event Calendar  Event List
Thursday, August 06, 2009     8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
San Jose Convention Center South Hall
435 South Market St.   Map
San Jose CA  95113
Contact Person: 
Email: expo@ncmsdc.org
Phone: (510)686-2555

Participating Corporations Request that You Do the Following BEFORE the event:

ü Register in their Supplier Diversity Database

ü Prepare a description of your commodity/service

ü Prepare examples of value add

ü Develop general value add & value propositions for your industry

ü Research the following: applicable corporations & industries

ü Bring the following information: Your company’s 2006-2008 revenues; the number of employees at your company; graphic coverage (local, regional, national, international); and any previous work with participating corporations in the past (as a 2-sided marketing/information piece)



Please see below for our Booth, Shipping, & Food FAQ


2009 Minority Business Opportunity Expo

Thursday, August 6, 2009 w 8:30AM – 1:00PM

San Jose Convention Center

South Hall w 435 South Market St. w San Jose, CA 95113

8:30am – Registration Opens

9:00am – Business Opportunity Expo Opens

10:00am – Matchmaking Begins

1:00pm – Expo Ends








2009 Expo Corporate & MBE Booths List

All corporations will have decision-makers and supplier diversity professionals (procurement and sourcing managers) staffing their booths, so if you do not get a matchmaking session, you will still have the opportunity to present your company & marketing piece to corporate buyers at their booths

2009 Expo Sponsors

Expo Press Release


Attire: Business

Directions, Parking, & Transportation


Special Bonuses Offered at the NCMSDC Expo


ONE-ON-ONE FEEDBACK (for matchmaking participants)


Booth, Shipping, & Food FAQ


I’ve purchased a booth at your Expo.  When can I come in and set up?

You may set up your booth space during the following times:

Wednesday, August 5th (1-5pm), and Thursday, August 6th (8-8:30am).


What size is the booth?

Booths are 10x10 with a skirted 8-ft table and 2 chairs.


Should I bring my own booth to the Expo?

No, please do not bring a booth.  If you purchased a booth at our Expo, NCMSDC will be handling the display space and booth banners.  Please note that the San Jose Convention Center will not accept any other hanging banners.


Can I ship marketing materials and other items in advance?

Yes.  Please clearly mark all items “For NCMSDC Expo.”  They MUST ARRIVE by COB on Friday, July 31 at the following address: John Murray Productions, Inc., 1196 32nd Street, Oakland, CA 94608.  Please note there is a fee involved (see below).


Can I get return shipping on freight?

Yes.  Our event coordinator, John Murray Productions, Inc., will supply the packing tape and staff to handle your return freight.  Please provide your own return shipping labels.  John Murray Productions, Inc. will have blank labels on-site should you need them, so please bring your account numbers, return address, etc.  The return freight must be complete and ready to go when you drop off your goods.  Please note that John Murray Productions, Inc. will return your freight the week of August 10, so if you need your freight returned to you sooner you should make separate arrangements.  Please also note that there is a fee involved (see below).


How much will it cost to ship my freight to/from the Expo?

For packages that weigh up to 35lbs, it will cost $25 per package each way.  For heavier/larger packages, it will cost $50 each way.  If you pay with a credit card, there will be a 5% handling/convenience fee.


Wait, I have more questions about shipping.  Whom should I call?

Please call Clinton Stockton at John Murray Productions, Inc. at (510) 594-2080 x11.


Will there be food at the Expo?

Yes.  NCMSDC will only be providing morning coffee, pastries, and water for a limited time, but there will also be a concession stand (from 8-11am) with for-purchase light breakfast fare and refreshments.



To ensure that your requests are met, please adhere to the deadlines listed below.  If you submit anything past the deadline, we cannot guarantee that your request will be fulfilled.  Thank you for your understanding.


MBE/Corporate Sponsorship Deadline Thursday, July 2  Click here for our 2009 Expo Sponsors 
All Booth Cancellations Must Be Received Thursday, July 2 Cancellations must be received in writing by 5pm
Program Ad Submission Thursday, July 2 Click here for our 2009 Expo Ad Specs 
Last Day to Purchase Booth Friday, July 17  
Early Bird Special Ends Monday, July 20 Register Now and Save
Matchmaking Requests Deadline Tuesday, July 21 Please see our Buyers List for details.
No Checks Accepted After This Date Friday, July 24  
Last Day to Purchase Ticket Friday, July 31  
All Ticket Cancellations Must Be Received Friday, July 31 Cancellations must be received in writing by 5pm



For general inquiries email expo@ncmsdc.org

For matchmaking requests only email matchmaking@ncmsdc.org  CLOSED

*Note: Questions sent to matchmaking@ncmsdc.org will not be answered*