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St. Louis Business Diversity Connect

Thursday, February 25 @ 8:30 am - 2:30 pm • Organized By Veterans Business Resource Center
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Join us for a unique, one-day business conference that will provide diverse business owners an opportunity to meet with and pitch their business to procurement representatives and supplier diversity managers from government entities and corporations. Minority, women, veterans, and other underrepresented business owners from St. Louis and across the Midwest are welcome. Sign up for the Matchmaker meeting for the chance to meet with some of the region’s most influential corporations.

The Conference features two addition resource in combination with the seminars. A Matchmaker meeting and a Pitch Competition.

Matchmaker Meeting

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Participants will have the opportunity to meet with and pitch their business to some of the area’s top Suppliers.

Diversity Supplier Pitch STL

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

(Must be present to participate.)

  • Each participant will have 3 minutes to present his or her pitch to the judges followed by 2 minutes for questions.
  • The top three presenters will win the opportunity to meet virtually with a senior procurement leader from Bayer, Centene, or Express Scripts.


Participants are required to email their pitch deck to,, no later than February 18, 2021.

Presentation practice will be provided. Please log in 10 minutes before pitch time. Someone will be in the virtual waiting room to greet you and confirm our pitch time.

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