The Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and East Greensboro NOW – along with The Asheboro-Randolph Chamber of Commerce – are coming together to offer the inaugural “Accelerate Economic Equity Summit + Minority Business Opportunity Fair.” which will take place on Thursday, May 25 at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center.

The official stated purpose of the event is to “educate the business community about the importance of purposeful, targeted Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) efforts and expose ethnic minority-owned firms in the region to contract opportunities with large companies, public institutions, and municipalities.”

To the glee of many and the chagrin of others, EDI issues have in recent years become central to workplace issues. The Summit portion of Accelerate on May 25 will focus on “the current state of EDI in the community, barriers to economic equity, and best practices for EDI initiatives.”

It will begin at 9 a.m.

President and CEO of the National Institute of Minority Economic Development Kevin Price will be the featured speaker –and there will be a plated luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Minority Business Opportunity Fair will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

According to promotional materials for the event, “Companies with contracting opportunities and/or supplier diversity goals can sponsor a booth at the fair. Attendance at the fair will be open to local firms. The goal of the opportunity fair is to build mutually beneficial relationships between minority-owned businesses and regional anchor institutions. There will also be business resources, breakout sessions, and strategic networking.”

Tickets to the Economic Equity Summit and Luncheon are available for Chamber members at $75 and, for non-members, at $100. The minority business Opportunity Fair is open to the public at no charge.

Sponsorships are available for the entire event.