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Supplier diversity must shift to supplier development

By Peter Fretty “The recession of 2008 created a shakeout in corporate supplier diversity programs. Corporations with vision already had strong programs and sustained them. They recognized that minorities are the future consumers, backbone of the workforce and major links in the value chain,” said Leonard Greenhalgh, professor of management and director, programs for minority- … more →

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NMSDC and the Power of Transformation

Joset Wright-Lacy presents the NMSDC Strategic Plan This is an exciting time for the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. and our network of affiliate regional councils that stretches from Maine to Miami, San Diego to Seattle and points in between. The national office is in the second year of an ambitious five-year strategic plan … more →

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MBN Celebrates 25 Years of Excellence

When Don McKneely decided to start Minority Business News in 1987, he was working in the community newspaper business. “At that time, there were 13 competitive community newspapers in the market. It was just too much,” he said. “I started to look at other avenues of opportunity. It didn’t take long to recognize that the … more →

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South Central Ohio MSDC Hosts Annual OBOF

When the South Central Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council hosted the Ohio Business Opportunity Fair in Columbus, Ohio a few months ago, it attracted nearly 500 corporate executives, minority business owners and community leaders from across the nation. The 2013 OBOF was SCOMSDC’s 21st annual trade fair. The conference serves as a platform for corporations … more →

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Munson named to lead Toyota’s Supplier Diversity Team

Patience. Perseverance. Respect. John Munson Jr. is known to reinforce these three words in his straight-forward advice to M/WBEs seeking insight on how to become a Toyota supplier. The same trio of terms could just as accurately be used in describing Munson’s professional experience as manager, supplier diversity – purchasing at Toyota Motor Engineering & … more →

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Footprints in Diversity and Inclusion

MBN USA enjoyed an opportunity to speak one-on-one with Elizabeth A. Campbell, partner and chief diversity officer at Houston-based Andrews Kurth LLP. She shared invaluable insight on such topics as the challenges facing CDOs, the impact of diversity and inclusion and the realities influencing our nation’s evolving demographics. MBN USA: What year did you join Andrews … more →

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Rush Group Family of Companies Grow in 2013

As the economic recovery continues to spread through industries and communities, one family of companies led by a Native American WBE has leveraged the focus and discipline necessary to ride out the recession into powerful tools for growth and expansion. The Rush Group family of companies was founded and is led by Andra M. Rush, … more →

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Kingchem: Vital link in supplying unusual ingredient for oncology drug

The husband-and-wife team of Stephen Wang, CEO of Kingchem LLC, and COO Lillian Wu – whose backgrounds are in chemical engineering – started the minority-owned/ certified manufacturing and distribution company in 1994 after emigrating from China and becoming U.S. citizens. Today, this diverse supplier to Johnson & Johnson has 400 employees, including staff based in … more →

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Program managers stress flexibility

“If a task has once begun, never leave it till it’s done, be the labor great or small, do it well or not at all.” Over the years, these wise words have been a guiding principle for Necole Parker, principal and CEO of The ELOCEN Group LLC. Understanding that entrepreneurship exacts the very best, Parker … more →

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