Thu, Sep 15


AC Hotel by Marriott Pittsburgh Downtown

Pittsburgh Pop Up Reception

Time & Location

Sep 15, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

AC Hotel by Marriott Pittsburgh Downtown, 1126 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

About the Event

The EMSDC Return On All Relationships (R.O.A.R.) Pop-up Pittsburgh Panel Discussion and Networking Event will feature a panel discussion amongst diverse business owners doing business in the local, national, and global marketplace and moderated by Allegheny Conference on Community Development Vice President of Marketing, Jennifer M. Spann. Each of the companies represented are led certified Minority Businesses and they do business in and bring business into Pittsburgh. This convening event leads up to the EMSDC Annual R.O.A.R. Conference and continues the conversation about how local business is global business and how diverse businesses make a difference in the Pittsburgh region as EMSDC celebrates its 50th Anniversary. Join Us.

4-5:30pm – Program

5:30-7:00 – Networking and hors d’ouevres

Panelists and Moderator

Tracey Grace, President/CEO, IBEX IT Business Experts, Atlanta, GA

IBEX is a proven reliable, responsive contractor with exceptional internal subject matter experts and an extensive network of qualified partners and consultants. Our focus is on supporting and promoting world-renowned, industry-recognized frameworks and standards. In doing so, we help our clients develop world-class, business-centric services and business change environments. IBEX is an 8(a) and Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB), certified through the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) respectively. In 2021, the Inc. 5000 list identified IBEX as one of the fastest growing small businesses in America for the fourth year in a row.

D. Raja, President/CEO, CEI America, Pittsburgh, PA

Computer Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a provider of leading-edge consulting, technology, staffing, and digital solutions, has acquired QuoNext, a Spanish technology consultancy specializing in digital transformation platforms and customized ERP solutions. The result of the acquisition is CEI Europe, a subsidiary that seeks to lead the U.S. and European markets in the implementation of business solutions and management software for large and medium-sized companies in verticals including Tourism (Hotels, Travel Agencies, Airlines, Airports and Theme Parks), Construction, Engineering, Real Estate, Retail, Healthcare, Financial Services, and Professional Services.

Holly Douglas, Vice President, Business Infrastructure, Cosmos Technologies, Pittsburgh, PA

Cosmos Technologies, Inc. (Cosmos) is a small business engineering consulting firm located in Pittsburgh, PA, Harrisburg, PA, Cleveland, OH and Akron, OH. Cosmos Technologies Inc. is proud to announce receipt of a Chilean patent for the ComTak Water Treatment Process. Cosmos now has five (5) patents located in the US, Canada, South Africa, Australia and Chile!

Jennifer M. Spann, Vice President, Marketing, Allegheny Conference on Community Development

The Allegheny Conference on Community Development is the sole organization committed to improving the Pittsburgh region’s economic future and quality of life. ACCD brings together public and private sector leaders across Pittsburgh to define and communicate a regional vision, build partnerships and mobilize action to advance a shared vision for the future. The Allegheny Conference is proud to present an inspiring, comprehensive and audacious plan for the future of the Pittsburgh region. The regional vision is a shared vision for regional vitality drawn from an unprecedented level of contributions from every corner of the Pittsburgh region’s 10 counties.

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