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Second Emerging Business Workshop at Cowboys Stadium Expects Record Attendance

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From the Dallas South News Wire (North Texas Super Bowl Host Committee)

An unprecedented turnout of near 1,800 businesses owners will be represented tomorrow when the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee hosts the second in a series of three workshops for procurement opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses. The largest crowd to ever attend an Emerging Business Event was approximately 1,100 in South Florida last year.
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This second workshop, titled “Training Camp,” will take place from 9 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Feb. 25 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. The Emerging Business Program is presented by Texas Instruments

The workshops are free of charge and are designed to educate interested minority- and women-owned businesses on the process of becoming involved with North Texas’ first Super Bowl. NFL Contractors will be on-site to answer questions and offer first-hand knowledge of what to expect. Also offering advice will be experts from the banking and insurance industries. “Training Camp” will offer plenty of interaction during the networking and exhibit session starting at 11 a.m. The goal is to provide answers to questions area businesses might have.

“The second workshop is called ‘Training Camp’ because we will focus on specific topics and provide more in-depth information,” said Robbie Douglas, the Host Committee’s Director of Business Development, who oversees the Emerging Business Program. “We’re going to talk about possible obstacles and hurdles for businesses who participate.”

Co-Chairs of the Host Committee’s Emerging Business Program Action Team, Gina Puente-Brancato and Emmitt Smith, will speak at the workshop. Also presenting will be Tisha Ford, the NFL’s Manager, Events Business Development.

“We’ve been very impressed by the excitement of the North Texas emerging business community,” said Ford. “The turnout at the first event in Fort Worth was outstanding (better than 600 businesses were in attendance). The program really seems to be taking hold in the community and is making terrific progress.”

While participation in the program does not guarantee receipt of Super Bowl XLV-related contracts, it is the intention of the NFL and North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee that interested minority- and women-owned businesses receive information on the Super Bowl procurement process and an introduction to potential purchasing entities. To fully understand the NFL’s procurement process and opportunities offered via the program, attendance at these events is highly recommended. While attendance at the first two workshops is not a requirement, businesses who wish to have an opportunity to earn service contracts must be registered online no later than March 31, 2010.

For more information on the program, go to www.northtexassuperbowl.com/emergingbusiness.

Super Bowl XLV will be played in Cowboys Stadium on Feb. 6, 2011

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  • WILLIE NIX

    I WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND WORKSHOP ON THURSDAY, @ COWBOYS STADIUM; MYSELF and my wife, Vickie Nix would like to attend.

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