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Essence Music Festival Partners With Women Business Program

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By Aretha Frison, Online/News Content Producer,

NEW ORLEANS---The Essence Music Festival Minority and Women Owned Business Programs are designed to provide educational and business opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses in New Orleans during the Essence Music Festival, (EMF).

The goal of the Essence M/WBE Program is to provide local minority and women-owned businesses access to Essence Music Festival procurement opportunities. 

According to Essence, participation in the program does not guarantee receipt of EMF contracts.  The purpose is to educate local businesses about the process, opportunities available and provide exposure to other procurement opportunities.

The New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network will act as a liaison between EMF vendors, sponsors, contractors and qualified businesses.  

To access the program, businesses must be certified with one of the following certification agencies: Louisiana Minority Supplier Development Council, (LAMSDC), Women's Business Council South, (WBEC), or the City of New Orleans State and Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program, (SLDBE Program).

This certification not only allows businesses opportunities with the EMF, but also within the certification agencies' network.

The city's SLDBE program is a race and gender neutral program which means all business owners who can demonstrate both social and economic disadvantage in their background or business experiences, may qualify for certification.

The certification through the SLDBE Program provides a business greater access to contracting opportunities with the City of New Orleans, the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, Harrah's Casino and the New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport*. 

For more information, visit

Timeline for RFP Process:

„h         RFP's issued – April 2 – 3, 2012.

„h         Final date to submit questions regarding submission – Friday April 13, 2012.

„h         Submission Date – Proposals must be received by 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday April 18, 2012.

„h         Friday May 4, 2012 – Final decision made and contracts awarded.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Toni Rice, president, New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network at (504) 523-5652 or

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