City Career Fair Announces 2019 Dates!


Diversity Employment Day Career Fairs provide recruiters access to the United States’ largest pool of diverse, multi-cultural, and qualified professionals. It is the only career fair that targets and delivers candidates from ALL classes covered under the TitleVII Civil Rights Act of 1964*. This includes Women, People of Color, Seniors, LGBTQ and People with Disabilities. Our award-winning staff has over 15 years experience in diversity recruitment. The Diversity Career Fairs are held Annually in most major cities where the Mayor and/or Governor proclaim “Diversity Employment Day”. We have over 1,000 satisfied corporate, government and non-profit clients. The Federal Government selected us as a preferred vendor to host its largest Diversity Career Fair ever!

Our Mission/Vision Statement:

To be the world’s best career fair producer offering the highest value, most efficient means for recruiting quality candidates while offering the most passionate customer satisfaction guaranteed.

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American Soldier Network joins Jeffrey Earnhardt at Las Vegas


Xtreme Concepts has partnered with the American Soldier Network (ASN) for a special paint scheme at the Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway this weekend to raise awareness for suicide prevention. Joining Xtreme Concepts and ASN, and honoring fallen service members, is Tito Ortiz, UFC Hall of Famer and champion.

American Soldier Network is a hands-on organization that raises awareness and funding to tackle the psychological and emotional battles affecting veterans on the home front with Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), homelessness, unemployment reintegration and suicide. The American Soldier Network is a nonprofit corporation with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under section 501(c)(3).

“I am honored to be partnered with the American Soldier Network at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway,” Jeffrey Earnhardt, driver of the No. 96 Xtreme Concepts Toyota, said. “ASN is an amazing organization that gives back to our service members in their time of need. September is National Suicide Prevention Month. It’s important to help raise awareness on how our veterans can get help, and how we as a society can be there for support.”

“Veteran suicide is at epidemic proportions,” Landon Ash, Xtreme Concepts owner said. “These men and women put their lives in harms way so that we can have safety and security to enjoy our everyday lives. We owe these men and women a debt of gratitude and should come together as a community to help those veterans in need heal. It is my pleasure to work with the American Soldier Network and serve on several other boards that help focus on making sure these heroes get the help they deserve.”

On board the No. 96 Xtreme Concepts Toyota will be two names of fallen service members, USAF Ssgt Nick Sandantrea and US Army Patrick Craghead. USAF Ssgt Sandantrea lost his life while active duty, and US Army Craghead shortly after serving. Both Gold Star families will be in attendance at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“40,000 Americans lose their lives to suicide annually – of those approximately over 8,000 belong to the veteran and military community,” Annie Nelson, ASN founder and principal, said. “We must stop this epidemic! We launched to do just that. It is such an incredible honor to partner with Jeffrey and Tito. Saving lives is urgent! If one life is touched by this weekend’s efforts we’ve all done our job.”

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Veterans In Business Conference Date Announced


Veterans In Business (VIB) has announced the date for the annual conference— March 28, 2019.

The Annual Veterans In Business Conference provides education, networking and business opportunities for the military community (including all era Veterans, active duty, National Guard, Reservists and military spouses) who continue to strengthen our country with their small business endeavors and entrepreneurial spirit. The conference was created by civic and business leaders in Northern Virginia to provide networking opportunities, training and exposure to the military community who wish to grow their businesses (whether it be B2B, B2G,B2C or non-profit) through the many opportunities the metro DC area affords.

The Veterans In Business Conference is unique and is focused on all Veteran-owned businesses. The greater Washington area is home to a large number of Veteran-owned businesses as well as the majority of federal agencies, prime contractors and general consumers who work with them. The Veterans In Business Conference can provide attendees with unique exposure to many of the small business offices from the Federal Government and the corporations that often need SD/VOSBs to join their teams.

More details and information will be coming soon! Please visit:

The Best of Small Business Awards


The Best of Small Business Awards ™ is America’s most prestigious honor that recognizes and celebrates the BEST Small to Mid-Sized Business Visionaries. With over twenty-five notable “Best of Small Business” categories to choose from, The Best of Small Business Awards ™ is the largest Annual Business Recognition Program in the US.

The Best of Small Business Awards ™ is presented by Small Business Expo (celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary with nearly 100 Successful Business Shows Produced), the Nation’s BIGGEST and most attended Business-to-Business Networking Event, Trade Show & Conference, hosted in 15 major US cities.  Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs attend our nation-wide events to attend cutting-edge business-critical workshops, shop for vendors that can help their business grow & network with thousands of attendees.
See below for the benefits of winning an award and to find out more information about the small business expos.
Benefits of Winning an Award Category:

  • National Recognition as one of the TOP Small Businesses in the US.
  • This Award is a great differentiator for your Product or Service
  • Instant credibility for new and existing clients
  • Give your sales a boost and show your new & old customers your company’s achievements
  • Great positive exposure for your business
  • Leverage your award recognition to gain more media exposure for your company

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Fourth Annual Women in Drones Networking Event Planned for InterDrone


The Largest Annual Gathering in the Commercial Drone Space will also Partner with Women and Drones for the Special Event

Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States, announced plans today for InterDrone’s fourth annual Women in Drones Luncheon, a special event it spearheaded in 2015 and has quickly grown into a model for networking in the commercial drone industry. InterDrone will take place at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, September 5 – 7. The luncheon will be on Thursday, September 6, from 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm.

Suzanne Lemieux, UAS Lead and Manager, API (American Petroleum Institute), will host the event. Other esteemed participants so far include Lia Reich, VP Marketing-Communications at PrecisionHawk, Sharon Rossmark, CEO and Founder of Women and Drones, and Mariah Scott, President of Skyward, A Verizon Company.

“This is an incredible time for women to enter into this emerging field, to participate in these new developments, and to pave a pathway for more girls to enter into STEM careers. I look forward to moderating the luncheon panel to help build networking opportunities for more women and girls,” Lemieux said.

“The event this year is also particularly exciting since we are thrilled to announce a partnership with Women and Drones,” said Katie Flash, Content Director, InterDrone, adding, “Our event strives to highlight all the amazing things women are doing in this space, and this partnership allows us to take that to the next level.”

The collaboration with Woman and Drones, the largest online platform for women in the UAS industry, is to reveal the 2018 Women to Watch in UAS list of honorees during the luncheon.

Women to Watch in UAS recognizes exceptional women in the industry from around the world.  We received hundreds of nominations this year and are in the midst of a rigorous process, reviewing each submission and validating the information. The finalists will be selected by our judges very soon and the honorees will be announced at InterDrone,” Rossmark said.

The show this year will feature more than 120 sessions, panel discussions, and keynotes conducted by renowned industry experts, covering numerous commercial drone applications. The Exhibit Hall will showcase the latest hardware, software, and drone accessories from leading manufacturers and innovators, including DJI Enterprise. Attendee registration is now open.

For information on exhibiting or event sponsorships, please contact Brian Scott at brian.scott@

About InterDrone

InterDrone, The International Drone Conference and Exposition, is where the commercial UAV industry comes together. InterDrone allows drone pilots and buyers to connect with other drone pilots, service providers, UAS engineers and developers, UAV manufacturers, videographers, and enterprise UAV end-users at the largest, commercially-dedicated UAV event. InterDrone boasts the most comprehensive conference program along with in-depth drone courses and special events, including the Enterprise After Hours and the Women in Drones Luncheon—which InterDrone spearheaded into an industry-acclaimed event—as well as meetups designed for networking and keeping drone pilots up to date on the latest in drone news and the industry.

InterDrone is owned by Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States, with many shows dating back several decades. Emerald currently operate more than 50 trade shows, including 31 of the top 250 trade shows in the country as ranked by TSNN, as well as numerous other events, connecting over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupying more than 6.9 million NSF of exhibition space.





About Women And Drones is the largest online platform for women in the UAS industry. The organization enables women to collaborate and make global business connections to grow their network. Their educational platform “learning through the wonders of flying robots” encourages children, especially girls, to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.




Talent Dimensions Expands Strategic Retention Solutions with Acquisition of D&I Firm PRISM International, Inc.


Talent Dimensions is pleased to announce the acquisition of the diversity and inclusion firm PRISM International, Inc. Headquartered in Sanford, FL, PRISM is a global provider of systemic diversity and inclusion (D&I) performance solutions focusing on optimizing the opportunities and complexities of the workforce, workplace and marketplace.

“We know the retention of talent is complex and requires a dynamic set of strategies to engage individual contributors who are critical to the success of any organization,” said Cile Johnson, Chief Business Officer for Talent Dimensions. “By expanding our portfolio of offerings to include diversity and inclusion, Talent Dimensions is poised to help organizations propel to new levels of performance through all their people.”

PRISM, founded by D&I thought leader Linda Stokes, offers training and consulting in the areas of Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion; Addressing Unconscious Bias; Managing Talent; Increasing Cultural Competencies; Preventing Harassing and Discriminatory Behaviors; and Creating More Effective Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Diversity Councils. PRISM is also the parent organization of the Association of ERGs & Councils and the innovator of the annual ERG & Council Conference and Honors Award.

In support of the transition, co-author of Leading in Black and White and Dear White Boss Ancella Livers has joined the team as President of PRISM. Previously, Livers managed the African American and Women’s Leadership Programs at the Center for Creative Leadership® Also during her tenure at CCL, she led their largest global business unit and later consulted and developed tailored solutions for their Fortune 500 client base. In addition, Livers led the Institute for Leadership Development and Research at the Executive Leadership Council.

“We see this partnership as an opportunity to align Talent Dimension’s engagement, retention and career development efforts with PRISM’s work for the powerful outcome of strategic retention and ultimate workforce, workplace and marketplace satisfaction,” shared Lynn Cowart, Chief Operating Officer for Talent Dimensions. “There is already great synergy between our organizations and we look forward to bringing expanded offerings to all our clients.”


About Talent Dimensions Talent Dimensions is a global provider of innovative, practical and application-rich solutions in the areas of employee engagement, career development, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and the identification and development of key roles inside organizations for the strategic retention of its most critical talent. and

National Minority Supplier Development Council Honors Leaders in Supply Chain Diversity on May 24th


On Thursday, May 24th, the 2018 National Minority Supplier Development Council Leadership Awards will recognize the dynamic corporate executives, minority business owners and NMSDC affiliate council presidents for outstanding leadership that has a positive impact on their companies and resonates throughout the NMSDC network. Chuck Nice, television host and comedian, will be Master of Ceremonies. The black-tie gala event at the New York Hilton will begin at 6:30 PM, and will include dinner and a ceremony to present the honorees, with the festivities wrapping up at 10 PM.The NMSDC advances business opportunities for certified MBEs and connects them to corporate members. To meet the growing need for supplier diversity, NMSDC matches its more than 12,000 certified minority-owned businesses to our network of more than 1,750 corporate members who wish to purchase their products, services and solutions. NMSDC, a unique and specialized player in the field of minority business enterprise, is proud of its unwavering commitment to advance Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American suppliers in a globalized corporate supply chain.

Said President Louis Green of NMSDC, “NMSDC and its 23 affiliate councils around the nation look to vigorous, visionary leaders within our membership and our network. The Leadership Awards identify and recognize those who have set the bar high for our collaborative efforts on behalf of MBEs and corporate partners. We are most grateful to our honorees, who by their example show the way forward, as we advocate for robust minority business enterprises and for greater diversity and richer inclusiveness in corporations — not only in their supply chains, but in their board rooms and executive offices as well.”

This year, the Supplier Diversity Professional of the Year Award winner is Mr. Alex Alvarez, Jr., of Apple Inc., where he is Global Supply Manager, Apple Global Supplier Diversity in Corporate Procurement. The award honors a national corporate member with at least 2 years of experience in a corporate supplier diversity role. The seasoned recipient demonstrates exceptional action, engagement and leadership in supplier diversity and in support of NMSDC’s mission. Mr. Alvarez is a recognized thought leader and expert in Supply Chain in areas such as procurement and supplier diversity. He co-led Apple to Best in Class, Billion Dollar Roundtable, and several top awards, including NMSDC Corporation of the Year for Innovation.

The MBE of the Year Award is presented to Leon C. Richardson, Founder, President & CEO of The Chemico Group, one of the largest minority-owned chemical management and distribution companies in the United States. The award goes to the owner of a NMSDC-certified MBE who has been actively engaged within the NMSDC network for a minimum of 2 years. The recipient is a change agent, who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in guiding their company to success and has shared their knowledge and wisdom with peers as a mentor.

The CPO of the Year Award is presented to Mr. Arnold Sowa, Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer, MetLife, Inc. The award goes to an outstanding leader whose vision, passion and integrity have proven impactful within the CPO’s corporation as well as the larger supplier diversity community. Mr. Sowa is responsible for overseeing MetLife’s global procurement, travel, third-party risk management, and supply chain social responsibility programs.

In addition to the above awards, the Vanguard Award is presented to an NMSDC affiliate council president who has exhibited leadership in driving the value proposition for minority supplier development among corporate and MBE constituents throughout the NMSDC network. This year’s recipient is Michelle Sourie Robinson, President and CEO of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC), one of NMSDC’s most influential affiliate councils.

The Corporate Co-Chair for the evening is Toyota, and MBE Co-Chair is Rose International.


The NMSDC advances business opportunities for certified minority business enterprises and connects them to corporate members. One of the country’s leading corporate membership organizations, NMSDC was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes. The NMSDC Network includes a National Office in New York and 23 affiliate regional councils across the country. The network also includes five international partner organizations located in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, China and South Africa.

To meet the growing need for supplier diversity, NMSDC matches its more than 12,000 certified minority-owned businesses to our network of more than 1,750 corporate members who wish to purchase their products, services and solutions. NMSDC, a unique and specialized player in the field of minority business enterprise, is proud of its unwavering commitment to advance Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American suppliers in a globalized corporate supply chain. For more information, visit

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NVBDC- Save the Dates!


The NVBDC was created for the purpose of providing a credible and reliable certifying authority that would ensure that valid documentation exists of a business’ Veteran ownership and control.

The NVBDC strives to help veterans and transitioning veterans find their place back in society with many events and workshops. To the right, there are the listed upcoming events for NVBDC. For more information and to register for the listed events please visit:


NCMA- National Contract Management Association Announces Round Table


Why was CART created?

In the spirit of continued education, career growth, and sharing collective expertise, the San Diego Chapter established the Contract Administrator’s Round Table (CART) forum.

What is the main goal of CART?

The primary objective of CART meetings is to provide contract professionals a forum to ask any question, present any situation/problem, share a lesson learned, and get an answer or feedback from a variety of viewpoints.

Who may attend CART meetings?

Whether you are brand new in the contracts field or have 20+ years of experience, we invite you to share your questions, problems and knowledge with your fellow NCMA members so that we can all learn, grow, and excel in our jobs. Everyone (all members) is invited to attend. All that is asked of you is that you bring at least one (1) question, or issue or lesson learned to the table.

Why should YOU attend the next CART meeting?

The role of the “Contracts Professional” is changing. In the wonderful world of Contract Management, there are multiple solutions to a single problem and multiple problems created by a single solution. The CART forum provides you one venue in which to ask questions and obtain timely answers. This forum is an excellent choice for improving your knowledge of contract management and also for developing networking
and mentoring relationships.

RSVP for this free event with Mark Cook, at or Gabe Olivas Gabe’s telephone: (619) 221-5487

NCMA will be hosting a Government Contracting Hot Topics Seminar on March 21, 2018.

In the government contracting regulatory compliance environment, transparency of the contracting process has gained considerable importance and scrutiny. Recent regulatory changes and a new Administration have placed a larger emphasis on the oversight of Contractors and influenced the approach of the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA).

This session will address topics including:

  • Regulatory updates and their practical impact on Contractors
  • Recent changes to internal guidance and audit and review focus of DCAA and DCMA

Upon completion of this Seminar, participants will be aware of recent legislative, regulatory and DCAA audit guidance and DCMA contractor purchasing system review (CPSR) actions affecting government contract compliance and be able to identify challenges and potential solutions for the future.

Click here for the registration form 

Cyber Security Summit


The Cyber Security Summit connects C-Suite & Senior Executives responsible for protecting their companies’ critical infrastructures with innovative solution providers and renowned information security experts.

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Don’t forget to use promo code: DCI18VIP

SongwritingWith:Soldiers celebrates five years, plans to double growth in 2018


SongwritingWith:Soldiers, a program that builds community by pairing veterans and active duty service members with professional songwriters to create songs about their military experiences and returning home, will double its programming during its sixth year In 2018. Continuing to build community and resiliency through song, SW:S has directly served more than 400 veterans, active-duty and military family members since 2012, helping to tell stories through the creation of more than 350 original songs. A collection of those songs will be featured on singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier’s latest album Rifles and Rosary Beads, set for release January 26, 2018, with a portion of proceeds benefitting SW:S.

“What began with three songwriters, a positive psychology coach and program development specialist, a handful of volunteers and 10 soldiers created the ingredients for a powerful weekend during our first retreat in October 2012,” said singer-songwriter and SW:S Co-founder and Creative Director Darden Smith. “By the end of 2018, more than 75 SW:S events will have been held across the country. To give voice to those who might not otherwise be able to describe their experiences, to help them connect to others again, through their song, is more gratifying than anything we as songwriters have ever done.”

SW:S announced an expanded partnership in 2017 with Boulder Crest Retreats (BCR) in Bluemont, Va., and their new location in Sonoita, Ariz., providing the opportunity to further increase the annual number of veterans reached by nearly 150. “Boulder Crest Retreats’ life-changing PATHH (Progressive Alternative Therapies for Healing Heroes) program draws veterans from around the country, and through this continued partnership we are able to not only work with far more veterans, but help them stay better connected as a group through their signature PATHH program songs,” said SW:S Co-founder and Program Director Mary Judd.

Another new partner, Heart J Center at Sylvan Dale Ranch in Colorado, allows SW:S to increase the number of their signature weekend retreats. “Our emphasis is on using collaborative songwriting as an initial powerful spark for building creativity, connections, and awareness of strengths,” said Judd. “Creativity reveals possibility. Connections build community. Strengths build resilience. A retreat setting is ideal to clear out some life clutter and open participants to a more positive future ahead, with lasting connections to support them. Our media team of recording engineers, videographers and photographers helps keep the memories fresh soon after the retreat with CDs, DVDs and a book of the weekend. Our workshop leaders keep everyone connected with ongoing group learning and coaching calls and our community forum gives all — from veterans to songwriters to staff and volunteers — a place to discuss questions, ideas and share creations. It’s a thriving community.”

Rifles and Rosary Beads

In 2017, SW:S further increased the number of veterans, active-duty service members and military families served, and increased the number of program alumni serving as staff and peer support. The year’s successes were made possible through:

  • 6 retreats, including retreats for couples and all females
  • 12 songwriting workshops and group songwriting sessions
  • 4 SW:S events and concerts open to the public
  • Fundraising support through the 422For22 initiative to raise awareness of veteran suicides, spearheaded by past SW:S participant and U.S. Army Sgt. Josh Geartz, with support of several other SW:S veterans from different retreats. True connections with lasting impact.
  • The upcoming release of Rifles and Rosary Beads, the latest album from SW:S singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier featuring 12 songs co-written with veterans and families from SW:S. A portion of proceeds will benefit SW:S. The album is now available for pre-order at, and will be released January 26, 2018.
  • The addition of new Board President Gary Leopold, Executive Director Kristin Starling and new songwriters Maia Sharp and Will Kimbrough
  • SW:S was a featured presenter at the International Trauma Conference (May), Boston MA and Arts in Healing Conference, (Sept.) Austin, Texas

SW:S looks forward to a full calendar of nine upcoming retreats, 22 workshops, special events and concerts as part of their 2018 calendar. More details will be announced soon.

SW:S staff is in discussions with researchers and clinical staff about conducting a pilot study on the effects of collaborative songwriting sessions on PTSD and other TBI, trauma related conditions. These initial studies will focus on the effects of individual songwriting sessions. Ideally, a second phase of the study will conduct the same research on participants within a retreat setting. Comparisons will be made on the effects of the solo sessions vs. immersion in a retreat setting. This potentially groundbreaking research could provide SW:S with scientific data surrounding the core of their work, which could then provide insight into the effects of all other related aspects of the program (i.e., impact on resilience, loneliness / social connections, health and well-being, post-traumatic growth, etc. – several major areas of study today.) SW:S basic impact surveys are being conducted at retreats with pre- and post-retreat surveys among participants, and feedback is currently being compiled.

SongwritingWith:Soldiers was founded by Austin, Texas, singer-songwriter Darden Smith, who performed at a U.S. military hospital in Germany and returned determined to use the art of songwriting in the service of our brothers and sisters in arms. Smith partnered with Program Director Mary Judd to build the innovative program, which holds multiple retreats each year in various regions of the country.

  • Locations are chosen based on proximity to veteran populations and private retreat centers with peaceful settings, ample meeting and workshop space to allow for intimate events that foster connections, inspire creativity and develop strengths.
  • In addition to songwriting sessions, participants attend creativity workshops in other areas taught by experts in the fields, such as photography, videography, journaling, and more. Relaxation classes such as yoga and breathing meditation are offered, as well. All are optional, always well attended.
  • Each day ends with a group dinner and special performance of all songs written that day.
  • The retreats end with a final performance of all songs, recorded for DVD for each participant.
  • Post retreat follow-up includes a CD and photo lyric book sent to all participants along with numerous opportunities to stay connected with each other and the organization to continue the building of a strong, supportive community.
  • All participants are co-writers of the songs and registered as such with ASCAP.
  • To date, more than 400 veterans and their family members have attended the retreats.
  • More than 350 songs have been written and are available to listen to for free, or can be downloaded for a donation to support the program, at

Songwriters who have participated in SW:S retreats include: Mary Gauthier, Jay Clementi, James House, Marshall Crenshaw, Gary Nicholson, Radney Foster, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Darrell Scott, Georgia Middleman, Gary Burr, Greg Trooper, JD Martin, Ashley Cleveland, Amy Speace, Monte Warden and Brad Parker. They have written hundreds of hits (“This Kiss,” “I’m In,” “One More Last Chance,” and more), many recorded by Willie Nelson, Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Vince Gill, Delbert McClinton, Trisha Yearwood, Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks and many other top musicians.

The program covers all primary expenses for participants. Donations to support the program and its mission to positively impact the lives of our soldiers and veterans can be made at

For more information and to listen to the music, visit