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Free Opportunity Conference Sponsored by The U.S. Department of Labor

Conference Date: Thursday, October 23, 2008
Conference Time: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Registration: Opens at 7:30am with Continental Breakfast
Web site:

You can also reserve your special rate hotel room!

Once again, under the leadership of Secretary Elaine L. Chao, the U.S. Department of Labor will host a national Opportunity Conference in Orlando, FL. Celebrating the contributions of the Nation's Asian Pacific, Hispanic, and African American communities, the Opportunity Conference will emphasize key components of economic development and working with the Federal, state, and local governments.

Workshop topics include:

  • Capital Strategies: Accessing Capital in the Current Environment
  • Opening Global Markets: The Regional Perspective on Enhancing and Improving Global Market Access for Entrepreneurs
  • Affordable and Effective Ways to Find, Attract and Keep Skilled Employees
  • Real Strategies for Improving Cash Flow, Trimming Expenses and Managing Costs
  • How to Apply for Federal Jobs
  • Market Trends in the Current Economy:  An Opportunity to Respond to Consumers’ Needs
  • How I Did It:  Tips and True Stories of Survival From Successful Entrepreneurs
  • Government Procurement For Beginners
  • Flexibility in the Workplace:  How to Start or Enhance Flex Options for Employees
  • And much more! 

For more information on this FREE conference, log on to

Transforming Lives Through Workforce Development

Registration now open

Thursday, October 2, 2008, 9:00am - 4:30pm

You can also reserve your special rate hotel room!

Sponsored by U.S. Dept. of Labor Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

In conjunction with White House Conference on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives on Friday, October 3

It takes a lot of work to move people from poverty, homelessness, or recent release from prison into sustainable employment. Have you wondered what else you can do to:

  • Help your customers achieve self-sufficiency and growing wages?
  • Build strategic partnerships with business leaders and hiring managers to place and retain your customers?
  • Work with former prisoners trying to become productive citizens or increase your effectiveness in working with former prisoners?
  • Help the people you work access government programs that help with obtaining employment?
  • Track results of your programs in order to market your programs for funding?

If you said “yes” to any of these questions, then please join us at Transforming Lives through Workforce Development on Thursday, October 2nd in Dallas, Texas. The United States Department of Labor's Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives is hosting Transforming Lives through Workforce Development as a pre-conference to the White House Conference to be held on Friday, October 3, 2008.

Transforming Lives through Workforce Development will cover building strategic business partnerships; creating a prisoner reentry program based on mentoring and gaining employment; showing the success of your programs through outcomes-based evaluation; and discovering high-growth jobs in your area and how to place people in those jobs.

The Westin Park Central
Highway 635 and Coit Road
12720 Merit Drive
Dallas, Texas 75251
Phone: (972) 385-3000
The Westin Park Central Website

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Conference Logistics

Friday, October 3rd (changed from August 29, 2008)
Dallas, Texas

Conference Hotel and Meeting Location

The Westin Park Central
Highway 635 and Coit Road
12720 Merit Drive
Dallas, Texas 75251
Phone: (972) 385-3000
The Westin Park Central Website

Conference Room Rate: $109 + tax for single or double occupancy.

  • Reserve your room before Wednesday, September 10, 2008 to receive the special conference rate.
  • Contact the Westin Park Central at (972) 385-3000 and tell them you are with the White House Conference.

Parking: Parking is $18 per day for Valet overnight and $10 per day for Self Parking overnight in the garage. Daily parking in the garage is $2 per hour.

Registration Deadline: 5:00 pm EST on Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The conference is free, but pre-registration is required. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Registration Guidelines: Due to limited space, please send no more than four representatives from your organization.
Please submit a separate registration form for each individual. Registrations received with duplicate names will be deleted.

Please register by Tuesday, September 23, 2008. No registrations will be accepted after this date. We will do our best to accommodate all those who submit registration materials before the deadline. However, in the event we reach capacity before this date, registration may be closed earlier.

We strongly encourage you to register online.

If you are unable to register online, download the registration form (Free Adobe PDF Reader). Print and complete the form and fax it to 703-299-4589. To request a form via fax, please call 202-456-6708.

The conference will offer several different tracks of workshops. When you pre-register, please indicate your preference for which workshop you would like to attend.

Registration Confirmation: You will receive an email confirmation once you complete the online registration. Please bring a copy of this confirmation to the conference. If, for any reason, you do not receive a confirmation, please send an email to

Check-In Hours: Friday, October 3, 2008, 7:00 AM — 3:00 PM

To accommodate as many people as possible, please arrive at the conference to confirm your registration no later than 7:45am. If you have not confirmed your registration by 8:15am, wait-listed persons may be substituted. This will help you avoid anticipated long lines during morning check-in.

If you require special arrangements or accommodations, please contact us at 202-456-6708 or

Cancellations: If you are unable to attend the conference, please notify us via email:; via fax: 703-299-4589; or via phone: 703-299-1655, so we may accommodate others interested in attending.

For More Information: Please call 202-456-6708, visit, or send an email to


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