On Saturday, February 13, the Capalino+Company team joined the NYS Association of Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislators (BPLA) to celebrate Minority and Women-Owned businesses and leaders at the 45th Annual Caucus Weekend Conference in Albany. Capalino+Company co-sponsored the 9th Annual MWBE Networking event with Spectrum Personal Communications Corp.
The reception brought together members of the BLPA conference, MWBEs, NYS prime contractors, subcontractors and other statewide elected officials and leaders to increase opportunities and promote equality of economic opportunities for MWBEs across all industries. Capalino+Company’s Executive Vice President Jeanne Mullgrav, Senior Vice President Tunisha W. Walker and Senior Vice President Tom Gray leveraged their expertise in Corporate Social Responsibly, MWBEs and Business Strategy and Land Use, respectively, to connect with MWBEs and companies seeking success in the government procurement process.
Earlier in the day, in further support of MWBEs and members of the caucus, Tunisha Walker moderated the Minority & Women-Owned Business Roundtable. The insightful workshop, which focused on Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), Capital Access and large (multi-billion dollar) contracting deals, aimed to raise awareness for MWBE participation and enforcement during the government procurement process. Tunisha led a lively discussion regarding the challenges that MWBEs face participating in the government procurement process and the need for additional resources to help MWBEs succeed.
“In order for the state to meet their goals of 30%, MWBEs need to be given a fair chance at competing for these contracts. I commend members of the caucus for their continued efforts on raising awareness for MWBE participation and enforcement,” said Tunisha.
In partnership with sponsors AM Rodneyse Bichotte, AM Michael Blake, AM Crystal Peoples-Stokes, and Senator James Sanders, the workshop also included presentations by NYS Comptroller Tom Dinapoli, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Counsel to the Governor Alphonso David, ESD Executive Director Lourdes Zapata. Click here to view flyer of all the panelists.
The Capalino+Company MWBE Consulting Group, led by Senior Vice President Tunisha Walker, works with MWBEs to build their capacity and secure government contracts, and assists companies seeking to hire MWBEs to comply with MWBE goals.
Sign up for our weekly newsletter here to keep up with the latest news in NYS.