• The FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities (OCBO) continued its Supplier Diversity Series by hosting its first Government Advertising Roundtable . The roundtable was held on Wednesday March 23, 2016 at FCC’s Headquarters in Washington, DC from 10:00am to 12pm. The roundtable included experts from government procurement such as Chanel Bankston-Carter, The Department of Veteran Affairs; Alice Williams, The Department of Defense; Leslie Jean, The Department of Transportation; Timothy Smith, The Federal Communications Commission. The panel also included minority broadcasters such as Sherman Kizart, Kizart Media Partners; Melody Spann-Cooper, Midway Broadcasting Corp; and Steve Roberts, The Roberts Companies. Panel participants addressed how women-owned and minority owned broadcasting companies and advertising agencies can participate in procurements for advertising services.

  • On January 21, 2016, OCBO’s Director, Thomas Reed attended the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council’s (MMTC) 7th Annual Broadband and Social Justice Summit at the Westin Georgetown Hotel in Washington, DC. Mr. Reed jointed a panel discussion on the topic, “Opportunity Unchained – Paths for Diverse Participation in the Supply Chain” in which he examined the challenges minority suppliers face in seeking both government and private sector contracting opportunities, and best practices for achieving success. MMTC is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving equal opportunity and civil rights in the mass media, telecommunications and broadband industries, and closing the digital divide.

  • On January 18, 2016, OCBO’s Director, Thomas Reed attended the Legal Digital Innovators Conference hosted by Minority Counselor TV at National Geographic in Washington, DC. Mr. Reed joined a panel of government and private sector leaders to discuss: “Why Minority Thought Leaders are Needed; Filling the Void – Controlling the Narrative.” MCTV’s mission is to tell the stories of minority legal professionals to raise their visibility for business, career and historical development.

  • The FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities (OCBO) hosted its first off-site Small Business & Emerging Technologies Fair on Friday, October 16th, 2015 at MIST, a state of the art location, in Harlem, New York. The Tech Fair was held in conjunction with Silicon Harlem’s 2nd Annual Tech Conference. Several attendees and entrepreneurs in information technology participated not only in the discussion with a panel of experts, but also had the opportunity to present their business ideas and products and received feedback from experts on launching and capitalizing new businesses.

  • On October 7-8th OCBO’s Senior Deputy Director, Carolyn Fleming Williams, attended the 39th Annual Fall Broadcast Management Conference and the 15th Annual Power of Urban Radio Forum at Washington Marriott Georgetown in Washington, D.C.  NABOB represents the interests of 200 Black-owned commercial radio stations and 12 commercial television stations around the country. Ms. Williams participated on the panel entitled “Washington Update- What Broadcasters Need to Know” where she spoke about OCBO’s outreach efforts and the many conferences and workshops held to inform and inspire small, minority-, and women-owned businesses in the communications industry.

  • On September 24, 2015, OCBO’s Director, Thomas Reed, attended Stem4Us’s Festival and Soiree in Celebration of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Annual Legislative Week.  Mr. Reed participated on a panel of thought leaders addressing ways to boost American prosperity by creating an ecosystem of women and minority tech innovators.

  • The FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities (OCBO) hosted its 4th annual Supplier Diversity Conference and Workshop focusing on private sector business opportunities for small-minority and women-owned businesses. The event was held at FCC Headquarters, on Thursday, August 20, 2015 in the Commission Meeting Room.  The panels had experts from the private industry, specifically in telecommunications and technology firms who discussed their organizations’ contracting procedures and provided insight and information about the procurement process.  The conference also featured an afternoon of one-on-one sessions between our small business participants and our expert panelists about supplier and contracting opportunities.

  • On April 17, 2015, OCBO’s Director, Thomas Reed, gave the keynote address at the Dayton Ohio Bar Association’s Annual Diversity Day: Increasing Diversity and Access in the Digital Age.  Mr. Reed spoke on the government’s role in diversifying a digital world.

  • The FCC‘s Office of Communications Business Opportunities (OCBO) hosted a Small Business & Emerging Technologies Conference and Tech Fair on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at FCC Headquarters in the Commission Meeting Room. This event was focused on the innovation by new entrepreneurs in information technology and telecommunications. A panel addressed the challenges that minority and women-owned tech start-ups face.  In addition tech entrepreneurs had the opportunity to get constructive criticism from one-on-one interviews with experts in the field of launching and capitalizing new businesses.