NETWORKING | ENTERTAINMENT| DINNER

Join us for the 47th Annual Business Impact Awards

Friday, October 7, 2022

6:30PM

LAVAN

3861 Stirling Road
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312

Cocktail Attire

Nominees are In!

View this year’s nominee list

about The Business Impact Awards

The Business Impact Awards (BIA) is the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council’s (FSMSDC) signature fundraising event. Through these awards, FSMSDC recognizes the achievements of Florida’s top minority-owned businesses, as well as dynamic industry leaders and major corporations committed to supplier diversity. This evening of honors and elegance brings together Florida’s business community while raising funds to tackle the systemic inequities Florida’s minority entrepreneurs face in access to funding, social capital, entrepreneurial development and contracting opportunities and gives minority-owned businesses the connections, training, certifications and tools they need to thrive and grow. Most of the services we provide are free or subsidized – paid for by donations and grants.

By supporting the Business Impact Awards, you help FSMSDC accomplish its goal of serving more than 5,000 businesses each year – many of them small businesses that could not afford to pay for our free and subsidized services. Because of FSMSDC’s work, more minority entrepreneurs are able to support their families, lift their economic status and achieve financial independence. Their success has a multiplier effect in their communities, helping to further economic equality.

Your support is incredibly effective.

We invite you to become a 2022 Business Impact Sponsor for this fun-filled and unforgettable night. This is the perfect opportunity for you to place your brand in front of business and community leaders and show your support for minority-owned businesses.

The Business Impact Awards salute the outstanding work and commitment of leaders and achievers in our community. As a sponsor, you will join an esteemed circle of partners who have offered their time, talent and treasure to the success of our signature event and of minority-owned companies. Further, you will partner with an agency that has close to 50 years of experience providing minority-owned businesses with high-quality technical assistance, procurement opportunities, access to financing and other services that develop their capacity and advance their revenue.

Guests at the event will celebrate the achievements of businesses and individuals who are shaping Florida’s future and furthering business opportunities for all. They’ll enjoy entertainment and, of course, a few surprises. Awards presented during the evening will include Local & National Corporations of the Year, MBE Suppliers of the Year, Advocate of the Year, Buyer of the Year, President’s Rising Star Award, Larry Thelmas MBE-to-MBE Spend Award, Crystal Award and the Doing Well While Doing Good® Humanitarian Award.

Event Features
Awards Program | Entertainment | Dinner |
The Business Impact Awards is an exciting opportunity for business, community, and civic leaders to come together, celebrate accomplishments, network and have fun!

Business Impact Awards Sponsors

Business Impact Awards Sponsors

The Awards

Corporations of the Year

This award is presented to a local and national corporation. The corporation of the Year demonstrates commitment to minority purchasing, technical & managerial assistance and support of minority programs.

Larry Thelmas MBE to MBE
Spend Award

The MBE to MBE Spend Award honors Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) who are doing business with other MBEs.

Buyer of the Year

The Buyer of the Year is presented to a corporate purchasing agent or buyer who actively solicits qualified MBEs and makes substantial purchases from those suppliers.

Advocate of the Year

This Advocate of the Year award is presented to an individual who has contributed to minority business development and seeks to promote the Council’s mission of fostering minority business development.

DWWDG Humanitarian Award

The Doing Well While Doing Good® (DWWDG) Humanitarian Award recognizes companies for their civic, philanthropic and volunteer initiatives.

Larry Thelmas MBE to MBE
Spend Award

The MBE to MBE Spend Award honors Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) who are doing business with other MBEs.

President's Rising Star Award

The President's Rising Star Award is presented to an individual or company that is committed to supplier diversity or has excelled in business growth. The President & CEO of the FSMSDC selects the recipient of this award.

Crystal Award

This award is presented to a business leader that is committed to minority business development and the community.

about The Business Impact Awards

We recognize that this year’s event will not be our typical event, but in changing this year’s platform we are able to protect the health of our staff, guests and sponsors and direct more funds raised to offer services – to those who need our aid now more than ever.

This virtual experience recognizes the achievements of Florida’s top minority-owned businesses, dynamic industry leaders and major corporations that are committed to Supplier Diversity. This upscale evening of Honor and Elegance brings together Florida’s business community. Guests will have the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of minority-owned businesses and professionals that are shaping the future of the State of Florida. The experience includes entertainment, sharing the council’s mission and of course a few surprises. Awards presented during the evening include Local & National Corporations of the Year, MBE Suppliers of the Year, Advocate of the Year, Buyer of the Year, President’s Rising Star Award, MBE to MBE Spend Award, Crystal Award and the Doing Well While Doing Good® Humanitarian Award.

Award Nominations

Corporate Nominations

Corporations cannot nominate themselves; Only Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) can make these nominations. All nominees must be an active Corporate Member.

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Nominations

MBEs cannot nominate themselves or other MBEs; Only Corporate Members can make these nominations. All nominees must be a Certified MBE with the FSMSDC or any other NMSDC Affiliate Council.

Celebratory Event

Starting at 6:30 PM

Cocktail Reception

Welcome Remarks

Awards Ceremony

Recognition and Acknowledgements

Dancing to the sounds of DJ Mack

Program Book

Purchase an ad in the Business Impact Awards Digital Program Book.

Awards Gala Photo Gallery

Take a look at our previous Annual Awards Gala photos! These photos capture the essence of previous Award Galas, our sponsors, winners and distinguished guests.

46th Annual Business Impact Awards Digital Program Book

Past Awardees And Honorees

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Casino Royale

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A Celebration of Nations

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Journey to Africa

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A Celebration of Carnival

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Bollywood: A Festival of Colors

39th Annual Awards Gala

Year of the Horse

38th Annual Awards Gala

Passport to Paradise

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Monte Carlo Night

36th Annual Awards Gala

Casino Royale

35th Annual Awards Gala

Excellence in Diversity

34th Annual Awards Gala

Excellence in Diversity