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It’s well-documented that the world’s first mobile phone call was made on April 3, 1973, when Martin Cooper, a senior engineer at Motorola, called a rival telecommunications company and told them he was speaking via a mobile phone. That particular phone took 10 hours to charge and only allowed for 30 minutes of talk time.Ten years later, Motorola released its first commercial mobile phone, known as the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, in the United States with a price tag of almost $4,000.

More than 40 years after Cooper’s groundbreaking call, mobile phones have become more than just devices with which to make calls. Apple’s iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2007 by offering customer-friendly features such as a touchscreen interface and a virtual keyboard, creating the first smartphone.

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America is at war with itself. The recently concluded election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States laid bare the significant differences in the American population between urban and rural, minority and non-minority, progressive and racist, nativist and globalist, misogynist and feminist, coastal and mid-American, science and pseudoscience, democratic and plutocratic, to name a few of the fault lines.

There is great consternation and outright fear among the supporters of diversity, particularly minority businesses, about what the Trump administration will bring. In political circles, it is often stated that personnel is policy. The recent identification of members of the Trump team only confirm the worst instead of assuaging those fears—and I say this as an eternal optimist

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In 2006, Henry Rock,founder and executive director of City Startup Labs (CSL), had an idea: to create a boot camp for ex-offenders and former gang members in New Jersey where he lived. He floated the idea to mayor of Newark Cory Booker’s administration at the time, but it was too busy trying to get oriented to really take this on, and Rock ended up putting it on hold.

A few years later, he was living in New York City, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg had established a program called The Young Men’s Initiative “to address the harsh present and future facing many young men of color from the ages of 14 to 24 years. The intention of the initiative is to focus on education, the criminal justice system, employment, and health care.”

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Global supplier diversity advocacy organizations in Australia, Canada, China, South Africa, and the UK have joined together to create the Global Supplier Development Alliance (GSDA), a global supplier diversity community designed to create opportunities for minority-owned businesses to grow and expand globally. The international partners are Supply Nation,the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC), Minority Supplier Development China (MSDChina), the South African Supplier Development Council (SASDC), and Minority Supplier Development UK(MSDUK) who, combined, represent more than 30,000 minority-owned businesses, 3,000 corporations, and 24 regional partners. In a recent Q&A, Mayank Shah, founder and CEO of MSDUK, discussed the partnerships, purpose, mission, and goals.

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“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever effects one directly, affects all indirectly.”— Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

The recent democratic and peaceful transition of power from President Barack Obama to President Donald Trump represents a dramatic contrast in style and substance.The new president clearly plans on taking the nation in a different direction - in Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, Environmental Rights, healthcare, international trade, immigration, minority business development, women’s business development, the rights of the press, and America’s role in the world.




In Brief

The National Urban League released a comprehensive scorecard evaluating the presidential term of Barack Obama, giving the administration its second-highest rating of "Excellent."




The New Canadian Supplier Diversity Alliance

Canada’s three certification councils,Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC), Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC), andWomen Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada) joined together to host an event “Connect, Collaborate, Succeed” on November 9 and announced the establishment of a new advocacy alliance - - Supplier Diversity Alliance Canada (SDAC).

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The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce(CHCC), the premier organization promoting the development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and emerging Latino businesses in California, recognized the contributions of a diverse group of accomplished, Latino leaders, during its 2016 Annual Convention in Riverside,

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Conference Round Up

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency(MBDA) celebrated its 34th National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week in Chicago on October 23–26, 2016. The annual celebration, observed by U.S. Presidential Proclamation since 1983, honors and recognizes the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs, as well as individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional leadership, excellence, and commitment in advancing minority business enterprises (MBEs).

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Master Your Brand

Perhaps you are blown away by the amount of personal branding that is taking place on social media. Nowadays, it seems as if everybody has a brand. If you’re still trying to figure things out, this Master Your Brand column is just for you. Specifically, it addresses a scenario in which you have not made the time and financial investment in your own brand, and are unsure if you should do so.

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May/June 2014

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Cover Story - Women Who Rock!

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Global Connections (digital only)

Washington Update


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Next Issue: July/August 2014

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