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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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Choctaw-Kaul’s Tubby weathers the storms, reaps the rewards, pays it forward

With an entrepreneurial spirit and determination, Native American Kenny Tubby started Choctaw Glove & Safety Co. Inc. with friends and tribal members in 1992. On the outskirts of the Mississippi Choctaw reservation, it manufactures industrial work gloves and protective sleeves to distribute throughout the mid-South. Although small and barely profitable, in 1994 the manufacturing company … 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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Statement by President Obama on the confirmation of Maria Contreras-Sweet to lead the SBA

With the bipartisan confirmation of Maria Contreras-Sweet as the next Administrator of the Small Business Administration, the American people will have a fierce champion who understands what it means to start a small business, and who has a proven track record of helping other small businesses succeed. As the founder of ProAmérica Bank, Maria helped … more →

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