City of Rochester Upstate NY MWBE Conference 2023

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The City of Rochester cordially invites you to register and participate in our first Upstate New York MWBE Conference!

This three-day event will bring together MWBE businesses from the four (4) Upstate New York regions: Finger Lakes, Western NY, Central NY, and  Southern Tier.

Date Activities Location
Wednesday March 22, 2023


Day 1- Networking Jazz reception, Awards Dinner, 5pm to 9pm.

The Strathallan Hotel
550 East Avenue, Rochester NY 14607
Thursday March 23, 2023


Day 2- Interactive Training for Construction and Non-Construction firms, 8am to 5pm.
Continental breakfast, opening session, Workshop 1 for both tracks, lunch, Workshop 2.                           

End of day debriefing session with wine and cheese reception.

Wegmans Conference Center
200 Wegmans Market Street, Rochester NY 14624
Friday March 24, 2023


Panel discussion with Q& A and an Expo, 8am to 5pm.                                                                                             

Continental breakfast and lunch included. NYS and community organizations to offer project & funding opportunities, technical resources, and more!

Wegmans Conference Center
200 Wegmans Market Street, Rochester NY 14624

The cost of this three day event is $100. Participants can choose to attend the dinner and/or the training. 

Click here to purchase your tickets today!


Day 1: Community

March 22, 2023 — 5 p.m. to 19 p.m.

  • Registration
  • Networking Jazz Reception
  • Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Committee Chair, Constance Mitchell- Jefferson
  • City of Rochester Mayor, Malik Evans
  • Council President, Miguel Melendez
  • Monroe County Executive, Adam Bello
  • President, County Legislature, Sabrina Lamar

  • Award Selection - MBE & WBE from each of the following regions: Western NY, Finger Lakes, Central NY
  • Keynote Speaker: Chairwoman, Erie County Legislature, April N. McCants – Baskin
  • Dinner and dancing

 Day 2: Growth

March 23, 2023 — 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

  • 8am – 9am: Continental Breakfast
  • 9am – 10am: Opening Session
  • 10am – 12pm: Training Tracks

Track 1a: Construction Session: “The Business of Contracting”


  • Louis Rodriguez, Jr. - Rodriguez Construction Group (MBE)
  • Charles Cummings - Cummings Construction (MBE)

Track 2a: Non- Construction Session: “I’m Certified, Now What?”


  • Dolly Randle – CASNY (WBE, MBE)
  • Stephanie Pennington – LeChase Construction
  • 12:15pm- 1:15pm: Lunch
  • 1:15pm – 3:15pm: Training

Track 1b: Construction Session: “Estimating & Contract Take Off”


  • Jenna Abato – Pike Construction
  • Bill Rutan – Pike Construction

Track 2b: Non- Construction Session: “The ABC’s of RFP’s


  • Travis Miller – LeChase Construction
  • 3:30pm- 4:15pm: "Business Finance 101"


  • Melissa Jordan – M & T Bank
  • 4:15-5:15pm: Debriefing with refreshments

Day 3: Opportunity

March 24, 2023 — 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

  • 8am – 9am: Continental Breakfast
  • 9am – 9:45am: Opening Session
  • 9:45am – 11:30am: Business Panel Discussion

Moderator: Stephanie Pennington, LeChase Construction


  • Darius Myles - DMYLES Inc. Construction Exchange (MBE, SDVOB)
  • Joy Weatherup Anthis - JA Structures (WBE)
  • Louis Rodriguez, Jr. - Rodriguez Construction Group (MBE)
  • Melissa Geska – US Ceiling Corp. (WBE, MBE)
  • Lenora Paige - Rochester Specialty Contractors, Inc. (WBE, MBE)
  • 11:30am- 12:45pm: Lunch
  • 12:45pm – 4:15pm: Expo

Participating Organizations To Date

  • City of Rochester Purchasing Department
  • City of Rochester MWBE Office
  • City of Rochester Office of Compliance
  • City of Rochester Office of Business Development
  • WXXI
  • Monroe County Economic Development
  • Monroe County MWBE Program
  • Monroe County Finger Lakes APEX Accelerator
  • Rochester Housing Authority
  • Monroe County Public Library Business Insight Center
  • Rochester Builders Exchange
  • Pike Construction
  • LeChase Construction
  • Christa Construction
  • Turner Construction
  • Regional Transit Service
  • NYS Department of State
  • NYS Department of Transportation
  • NYS Power Authority/ NYS Canal Corporation
  • NYS Thruway Authority
  • Empire State Development, Division of Minority and Women's Business Development
  • Small Business Administration
  • Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Rochester Enterprise
  • ESL Bank
  • M & T Bank
  • Pursuit
  • Monroe Community College
  • University of Rochester Office of Diversity
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • The Law office of Lovely A. Warren
  • Pathstone
  • The Urban League of Rochester
  • Greater Rochester Housing Partnership
  • FranNet Upstate NY - FranchiseROC



Phone: 585-428-9855