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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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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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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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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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