Connecting Certified Minority and Woman-Owned Businesses with Opportunities at the 2017 MWBE Expo

The South Side Innovation Center (SSIC), Onondaga County and SUNY Upstate Medical University are hosting the Minority Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) Expo Feb. 9 at the SSIC, located at 2610 S. Salina St. in downtown Syracuse. The MWBE Expo will feature a one-on-one matchmaking, panels, vendor expo and keynote speaker. Participating agencies and organizations include SUNY Upstate Medical University, Onondaga County, Syracuse University, National Grid and more.

“This event is ideal for the certified minority or woman business owner who is currently operating, and wants to meet and make one on one connections with the purchasing directors and decision makers from public and private agencies and entities in Central New York,” said El-Java Abdul-Qadir, director of the SSIC. “We are looking forward to a well-attended and successful event to connect business owners with local contracting opportunities.”

The nationally-ranked Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises Program at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University created the SSIC in 2006. A 13,000-square-foot business incubator that fosters the creation of new ventures and helps to make existing ones sustainable, SSIC’s mission is to increase the vitality of the local and area economy by recruiting, nurturing and training a diverse group of emerging and mature businesses, providing them with business incubation, development, education, market access and credit assistance, using highly-skilled, trained professional counselors. In the last fiscal year, the SSIC worked with 350 individual counseling clients that came through the Center with total revenues of more than $10 million dollars in sales and is at full capacity with 27 tenant companies. For more information, visit