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Toyota’s Opportunity Exchange provides dynamic forum

Stepping through the revolving doors into the lobby of Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Center, the hum of busy downtown traffic outside transitioned into the spirited greetings and friendly chatter of attendees and guests gathering for the 24th Toyota Opportunity Exchange. It became clear right away that the next two days of seminars, networking and business connections … more →

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Capacity-Building-Perspective

Having worked with minority business owners for more than 40 years, I am often asked about the fate of minority business enterprises in the U.S. As a community of business owners, we have made progress; however, our future depends on our work today and whether or not we are able to build business capacity. Between … more →

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MOTR Grafx credits Chicago Business Opportunity Fair for its success

When this year’s 47th Annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair presented by the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council takes place on April 10-11 at the Navy Pier, MOTR Grafx LLC will definitely be on deck. A veteran attendee of the oldest and largest procurement show in the nation exclusively devoted to multicultural and multiethnic businesses, the … more →

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Dell, TI discuss supplier diversity, procurement trends

MBNUSA recently had the opportunity to discuss Dell’s supplier diversity program with Cyndi Hopkins, the technology company’s director , global supplier diversity and small business liaison officer, and procurement trends with Rob Simpson, vice president of Texas Instruments Inc.’s worldwide procurement and logistics. Their answers are below . Dell discusses its supplier diversity program What … more →

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Cisco’s Denise Coley promotes supplier diversity

To appreciate why Denise Coley received the Global-Link International Award from the National Minority Supplier Development Council, one has to travel beyond the programs, initiatives and minority businesses that Cisco’s director of global supplier diversity business development and change management has coached, mentored and helped for a decade. One must travel to Australia where generations … more →

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The Capacity to Succeed – Book Review

How can minority businesses sustain themselves in today’s hyper-competitive world? By building capacity! In his most candid and revealing book to date, Dr. Melvin Gravely offers well-researched insights and new strategies based upon his own real-world successes and failures. He offers minority business owners, major corporations and community leaders actionable practices they can put into … more →

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Microsoft’s Hernandez: Supplier diversity starts at the top

When it comes to diversity and inclusion for technology giant Microsoft Corp., Fernando Hernandez, the company’s director of supplier diversity, global procurement group, said it started with founder Bill Gates, who recently stepped down as chair of the Microsoft board to become the company’s technology adviser. African-American John W. Thompson replaces Gates, and Satya Nadella … more →

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Wells Fargo names Regina Edwards Head of Corporate Supplier Diversity

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) recently announced  that Regina Edwards has been named head of Corporate Supplier Diversity for the company. Edwards will be based in Charlotte, N.C., and will report to Greg Schmid, head of Supply Chain Management at Wells Fargo. Edwards will lead Wells Fargo’s Supplier Diversity program, which works to develop … more →

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Terri Quinton, NMSDC’s MBEIC chair, wins EFH Gold Star Award

As National Minority Supplier Development Council Inc. minority business enterprise input committee chair , Terri Quinton not only talks the talk for supplier diversity advocacy, but the CEO of Alliance of Diversity Printers LLC also walks the walk as a successful entrepreneur whose company recently received Energy Future Holdings’ Gold Star Supplier Diversity Award. Although … more →

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