For minority and women supplier diversity business entrepreneurs

What America can learn from one company’s progression toward supplier diversity.
When considering the direction of my career, and how I might help leaders progress, I chose the prevention route in branding and communication, which is how I got my start in supplier diversity. Rather than crisis management, which cleans up and restores brands, I created a concept called “Continuous Improvement in Communication”, which helps companies leverage their brand value while limiting their daily losses. After having launched several minority business brands, I became quite comfortable with some of the challenges minorities in business may face, especially in highly competitive industries with low minority business participation. My research helped me to see just how much supplier diversity and minority affairs go hand in hand, making it practically impossible to focus on helping diverse suppliers without learning the many diverse roads in which we’ve all traveled to get to the various seats at tables of opportunity.

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Supply Nation welcomed the announcement from the Australian Government on the new Indigenous Procurement Policy guidelines, replacing the Indigenous Opportunities Policy for all government contracts from 1st July 2015.

Supply Nation’s Indigenous Business Direct Australia’s premier listing of Indigenous businesses has been nominated by the Government as the first point of reference for procurement officers when a contract is available for tender.

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The Northrop Grumman Information Systems global supplier diversity program-office received the Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence in the service category. The award has five categories: manufacturing, service, research and development, construction, and utilities.

“Northrop Grumman’s work with small businesses and the relationships we have built with each of them over the years is crucial to our supply chain,” said Cynthia Hyland, vice president, global supply chain, Northrop Grumman Information Systems. “We are grateful for them and this award.”

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The Airport Minority Advisory Council’s (AMAC) 2015 Airport Business Diversity Conference held recently in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and themed, “Business Beyond the Beach: ELEVATING Global Opportunity”, focused on exploring business prospects outside of traditional airport contracting in domestic venues. More than 1,200 people attended the conference at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa to learn ways that women and minorities can do more business with U.S. airports. Conference workshops and learning activities were designed to help businesses adapt to a changing environment and access a new world of opportunities with topics such as: Taking Your Business to the Next Level, Financing Your Global Expansion, Practical Elements to Elevate Global Opportunities, and Leveraging Global Connections. Other conference features included networking, DBE certifications, legislative updates, and industry updates.

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MBE's Business Opportunities resource covers business-related financing, consulting, and programs available for the Supplier Diversity community and M/WBEs. Updated monthly.

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MBE's M/WBE Resource Directory is a comprehensive list of resource organizations (including links) that support the Supplier Diversity community and M/WBEs.

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Refer to MBE's Acronyms & Terminology list for frequently used acronyms and terminology and an overview of the major organizations supporting the Supplier Diversity community.

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