The 35th Annual
National Black Supplier Conference

NBL LIVE Virtual+

Develop | Diversify | Connect | Advocate

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 | 8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST


The National Black Supplier Conference

For more than 34 years, the National Business League has been serving the national black supplier and diversity community for all of that time. In 1986, The National Association of Black Suppliers (NABS), formerly known as the National Association of Black Suppliers (NABAS), was formed. NABAS was formed by a group of Black business owners, whose largest customers were automotive manufacturers listed in Black Enterprise Magazine’s [BE] Top 100. In 2012, the National Association of Black Suppliers merged with the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, who in 2017, merged with the National Business League to accommodate the organization’s expanded national mission and purpose to include suppliers in other industries and service sectors globally. The NBL’s Black supplier pipeline now encompasses 1,200 members in 50 states, introduces an annual revenue of $6 billion into the national economy, and employs more than 30,000 workers. This year’s 2020 event is the inaugural virtual experience of the association with the 34th Annual National Black Supplier Conference, featuring more than 1,000 Black suppliers, 100 Fortune 500 corporate partners, and Tier 1-4 opportunities.


Serve as a Black business development pipeline for B2B2C, utilizing B2B training eco-systems, to measure equitable growth opportunities within the supply chain.


To Increase capacity, scale and revenue further creating economic parity for Black Business Enterprises across all industries and sectors in the global marketplace.


Introduce B2D eco system to the black supplier community and the corporate procurement community.


The Revolution Won’t Be Televised; It Shall Be Digitized.


This year, the NBL is celebrating more than 34 years driving commerce-driven opportunities for Black suppliers through the global supply chain network. Because of the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black businesses across the country, this year’s inaugural conference is the largest Black Supplier events of its kind in the U.S. and internationally. The conference will be attended by at-least 1,000 Tier I-IV Black suppliers and more than 100 Fortune 500 purchasing and supply chain companies ready to engage opportunities in the marketplace.


Because of the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the health/economic crisis on Black business and small businesses across the country, this year’s conference will be of free admission and conference fee waived.


Focused on economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the NSBC is offering a virtual exhibitor experience for corporations looking to do business with the vast global network of Black suppliers. The corporation will have the opportunity to host an exhibitor space with other major corporation looking to increase their spend with Black businesses who are looking to network, share capabilities and potentially engage in a business match.


The 34th Annual National Black Supplier Conference is well attended by corporate partners and many of them see the opportunity for increased exposure, promotion, engagement and benefits associated with becoming a sponsor. This year’s conference is already sponsored by AMEX, DTE, FIAT Chrysler, Flag Star Bank, Ford, GM, Huntington Bank, MPS Group, Toyota and many more, including you. Become a corporate sponsor today.


Adrienne Trimble

National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.

Charlie Williams

MPS Group


National Director
U.S. Department of Commerce
Minority Business Development Agency


Senior Vice President
Strategic Alliances and Outreach
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Sharon Patterson

Billion Dollar Roundtable

Power Panel I: Black Women in Business

Black women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the entire country, regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, color or sexual orientation. Hear the voices of 3 Black women professionals and business owners at the top of their entrepreneurial game in the corporate arena and entrepreneurship marketplace.

Power Panel II: COVID-19 and the Digitalization of Black Business

COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted Black businesses due to the health crisis and pandemic. Learn from leading supplier diversity professionals in the technology sector helping Black businesses transition into the knowledge-based and digital economy.

Virtualside Chat

A virtualside chat is an informal yet structured online interview between a moderator and a guest. It’s a unique opportunity to uncover the speaker’s personal stories and ideas. This year’s virtualside chat is a conversation with National Business League President/CEO Dr. Kenneth L. Harris, Ph.D.

Keynote Speaker | The Future of Supplier Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Join the NBL, as former Vice President, Global Vehicle and Global Indirect Purchasing & Supply Chain Sustainability at Ford Motor Company, who has spent more than 20 years in the field of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain Management deliver a keynote address about the future of Supplier Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Burt Jordan
Natalie King
Wendy Turner Miller
Thomas W. Dortch
Lottie Holland
Katrina Turnbow
Warren Flood
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