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(Ft. Lauderdale – May 2017) – The Broward County Public School’s (BCPS) Procurement & Warehousing Services Department Supplier Diversity & Outreach Program (SDOP) will host a Business Outreach Event on May 8, 2017 from 9 am to 1 pm, at the Urban League of Broward County, 560 NW 27th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33311. The event will provide an overview of the new Supplier Diversity Outreach Program Policy 3330 and a 2017 Procurement Opportunities Forecast. It is designed for all businesses in the tri-county area interested in doing business with BCPS and is free to attend. Refreshments will be provided for attendees.

The purpose of the event is to unveil the new Supplier Diversity Outreach Program and provide detailed information on how to provide products and services to Broward County Public Schools. Business owners will be able to speak directly with key Broward County Public Schools staff about up-coming business opportunities.

“The School Board is keeping its promise to promote supplier diversity and ensure equal opportunity for local small, minority and women-owned businesses to provide products and services to Broward Schools,” said Mary Coker, Director, Procurement and Warehousing Services Department. “We are ensuring that there is a fair and balanced bidding environment and are eager to help vendors with the process.”

The Supplier Diversity Outreach Program builds capacity in the local business community by providing increased opportunities for underutilized business to do business with BCPS, generate growth among local businesses by providing increased preferences to Small/Minority/Women Business Enterprises (S/M/WBEs), and create jobs and career opportunities for local residents.

The adoption of the new Supplier Diversity Outreach Program followed a Disparity Study completed in 2015 that identified barriers and various forms of marketplace discrimination that weakened the participation of minority and women-owned businesses. The new policy, approved on January 18, 2017, takes effect on July 1, 2017.

Register to attend the event at bcpsprocurement17.eventbrite.com or contact The Mosaic Group at events@upscalebymosaic.com or 561.651.9565. For more information about the Supplier Diversity Outreach Program, call (754) 321-0505 or visit browardschools.com/sdop.

 

ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 271,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 236 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 100 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 208 different countries and 181 different languages. To learn more, visit browardschools.com. Follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.

(West Palm Beach, FL) – Ann Marie Sorrell, 37, is the President/CEO of the Mosaic Group, a full service Marketing, PR and Advertising Agency providing high profile visibility to South Florida for over 11 years. Her first book, entitled Chronicles of a Serial Dater, launches with a series of events from March 24-26, 2017, and is available on Amazon and at ChroniclesofaSerialDater.com in both paperback and Kindle versions.

Sorrell is a professor, award-winning entrepreneur, community activist, full-figured model, philanthropist and now author. Her book is a journey through the good, bad, funny – and steamy – of dating and relationships told through short stories that all end with a tip for the ladies and a tip for the fellas on the lessons learned from each situation.

The highly relatable dating stories detail scenarios including men who ranged from too busy, too good to be true, too nice – to the just plain crazy, selfish, irresponsible and emotionally, financially and physically unavailable.   There’s a little – or a lot – of something for anyone who has ever dipped his or her toe in the dating pool. So, buckle up and get ready to join the wild ride that is the search for love and lust in the modern dating world.

What People Are Saying About the Book:

“Chronicles of a Serial Dater is a quick read that is relatable, funny, and real!” — Rhonda, West Palm Beach, FL

“The one-liners are absolutely hilarious!” — Steven, Houston, TX

“Chronicles of a Serial Dater is a very addictive read” — Maggie, Fort Lauderdale, FL

“I can relate to almost every story in this book as I think back through my years of dating before I got married.” — Keachea, New York, NY

“This book makes me want to share all of my crazy stories, I can absolutely relate!” —  Elaine, San Francisco, CA

About Ann Marie – Sorrell is the President/CEO of The Mosaic Group, a full service marketing, public relations, and events management firm based in West Palm Beach.  She has managed more than 200 campaigns and clients with budgets ranging from $10,000 to $5 million and was named the 2016 #1 Best Place to Work by the South Florida Business Journal.

She is also the Founder of MustAttend Events, Inc. an online events marketing and management software that offers deals on conferences, business, political, and charitable events.  She is an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College where she teaches Entrepreneurship, Principles of Business, and Human Relations.  She has a Master of Business Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University and Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management from Florida A&M University.

The quest for love is very challenging for a busy professional, but it has not stopped Ann Marie in her pursuit of meeting and settling down with Mr. Right. Her journey inspired her to document the twists and turns as a book to help others, as she believed certainly she could not be the only one experiencing these types of situations. In her spare time, she enjoys music, dancing, golf, traveling, meeting new people and flirting. She currently resides in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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