Standing Room Only at ProcureCon Asia 2012 8th Annual B2B/Buyer EXPO and Matchmaking Conference

More than 230 small businesses packed last Friday conference and networking session. In addition to meeting procurement executives to hear about contracting opportunities on upcoming projects, there was specific training on teaming and building relationships with potential buyers.

Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce wrapped up its Eight Annual Conference and Business to Business EXPO at the Holiday Inn Koger Center in Chesterfield, Virginia, on September 28.

2012: Year of the Entrepreneur was the theme for this year’s conference. The event is the largest Asian procurement fair “reverse trade show” of its kind. The fair featured more than 35 corporate, state, and federal and diverse business exhibit booths.

Considered Virginia’ benchmark conference on Asian Pacific American supplier development, the event successfully connected more than 60 Fortune 50 and 500 chief executive officers, supplier development professionals, purchasing agents, procurement executives, and cabinet level government decision-makers and specialists experts on minority business developments to small businesses coming from as far as DC Area, Maryland, and New Jersey.

As an added educational benefit of attending the conference , attendants were treated to content-rich business workshops and plenary sessions led by executives from Virginia and national leading corporations addressing critical topics related to supplier capacities development, and relationship building strategies.  Read about Ron Tutundji, DuPont ‘s Chief Supplier Diversity Officer ‘s key note speaker. The afternoon session culminates with an intense one on one mat program with 60 suppliers engaging in 281 business appointments.

Here are what some of what suppliers and buyers said about ProcureCon Asia:

It was quite the honor to be affiliated with such a warranted project.  The event was showcased the reward of collaboration, dedication, teamwork and belief.  It certainly was a win, win for the VACC community, the city, surrounding counties, companies and participants involved.

Thank you for the opportunity to be in such great professional company, and I very much look forwarded to on the committee and yes, already excited about next year’s ProcureCon! Bonnie Boukknight , Banker, SunTrust Bank

This was one of the best ProCure Con by VACC with the largest number of exhibitors and good folks all around. Thank you again for everything you do for the community. Rumy Mohta, President, Atlas Consulting LLC

Congratulations on a very successful Procure-Con Asia event!  We enjoyed the format this year and were glad that we could participate.  More importantly, I was impressed by the suppliers that we met with as part of the Matchmaker session. Thanks for your enthusiasm and passion in serving. Timothy Wright, MeadWestvaco

On Behalf of MY HR Supplier I would like to thank the staff and volunteers of  ProcureCon Asia 2012. The event was friendly, inviting, educational, and most of all productive in creating new relationships for MY company. You guys did a great job with the Match making and the volunteers kept me moving in the right direction. The only thing that would make this a complete event would be a list of Buyers contact information as I was not able to speak to every company due to time constraints. Once again thank you for an excellent event. Jose Garcia, the HR Supplier.

I had a great time and I made some great contacts.  Thanks for the opportunity. Jessie E. Bell, MS, SPHR, State Farm Insurance Companies.

As a business development professional for our IT firm eTelic Inc., I wanted to tell you how valuable it was to attend your recent ProcureCon event.  The number of major corporations and other organizations interested in doing business with small and minority firms was much more than we expected, and the opportunity to speak with corporate representatives one-on-one was invaluable to our firm.  Thank you for inviting us to the event this year, and we will be marking our calendars for next year’s event as well as other Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce events throughout the year. Mark M. Murphy, eTelic Inc.

Thanks for everything. I was able to meet great people at Procure Con and got some great business. VACCC is amazing. I truly am inspired by your organization which cares so much about the economy and community. Thanks, Holy Yang, Owner, Yang Business Services.

I missed the presentations and the workshops on ProcureCon day, but I did attend the matching session. I did meet with HCA and other “buyers” such as VCU and MCV Health. I felt that the atmosphere there was phenomenal. There was definitely an air of great anticipation and enthusiasm among the participants.  I highly commend the staff who put together the event.  There was a big turn out and quite a few dignitary there to help support the event.  The event was well organized and all the host were extremely helpful and friendly. David T. Chau, Ph.D., Dartmouth Medical School.

Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce puts together a highly valuable networking event.  We were able to network with many quality and strategically key business people, both suppliers and fellow vendors in the Richmond and Northern Virginia areas.  Based on our and the event’s success, we will be attending next year.  Jon Pan, Chameon Technology.