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Diverse businesses encouraged to attend MARKETPLACE Wisconsin

September 18, 2023
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Discounted early-bird registration available through Nov. 1

MADISON, WI. SEPT. 18, 2023 – Diverse businesses, exhibitors, and buyers may now register to attend MARKETPLACE Wisconsin, the Governor’s Conference on Diverse Business Development. The conference will take place in-person on Dec. 6-7 at the Baird Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee and virtually on Dec. 5 for The Contracting Academy (TCA) sessions.

Under early-bird pricing, the registration fee is $40 for conference attendees. After Nov. 1, the price increases by $20. The registration fee includes two meals, a networking reception, admission to an expo of diverse businesses, numerous educational sessions, and the opportunity to participate in one-on-one meetings with government and corporate buyers.

Entering its 42nd year, MARKETPLACE helps Wisconsin businesses learn about contracting with state, federal, and local agencies as well as corporations, which represent billions of dollars of annual purchasing power. During this two-day event, participants connect with government and corporate buyers as well as other small businesses and service providers through networking sessions, virtual workshops, panel discussions, buyer meetings, and more.

While MARKETPLACE is open to all Wisconsin business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, conference content is specifically crafted for small, minority-owned, woman-owned, veteran-owned, and LGBTQ-owned business enterprises and HUBZone businesses. These companies can connect with resources and potentially make a deal or lay the framework for a future contract.

MARKETPLACE Wisconsin is presented by Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and is supported by Milwaukee Business Journal, breakfast sponsor; US Bank, luncheon awards sponsor; Milwaukee Business Journal, luncheon awards program sponsor; Peoples State Bank, networking reception sponsor; and more than a dozen additional supporters.

To register and learn more about the conference and register online, visit

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