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Experts from Johnson & Johnson, Novartis and Barnabas Health will help minority-owned businesses learn how to break into the health care industry at a conference Thursday hosted by the New York and New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council.

The council's third annual Healthcare Symposium will educate these business owners on how to connect with the appropriate executives at hospitals, government agencies and group purchasing organizations, and secure a chunk of what has become a $2.7 trillion industry. It will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at PSEG's Newark conference center.

"This health care symposium will give our corporate members a method in locating and establishing relationships with vendors who represent diverse backgrounds," Lynda Ireland, president and CEO of the council, said in a statement. "For our minority suppliers, the symposium will provide potential for increased revenue and business growth through new insights into the procurement opportunities available from firms in the health care arena."

The conference will consist of two panel discussions. The first will focus on helping minority-owned businesses learn what role they can play in the health care industry supply chain. The second will discuss how those businesses can prepare to do business in the sector.

Tickets for the event cost $25 for minority-owned businesses, $45 for corporate members of the council and $35 for agencies. To register, visit the council's website.

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