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SunPower Announces Progress Toward 25X25 Commitments

New investments and strategic alliances support the economic and resiliency benefits of solar and storage across the nation teams up with McKinsey & Company, National Association of Women Business Owners, Grid Alternatives and Solar Energy International to help attract, retain, and train women for careers in solar

CelBlox LLC Owner Priscella Muñoz-Prior Featured on Nasdaq Building

Priscella Muñoz-Prior, owner of CelBlox LLC was featured on the Nasdaq building in Times Square in New York City upon her graduation from the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center’s Summer 2022 Milestone Makers.

Cyber Readiness is a Crucial First Step in Winning Contracts with the Government and Corporations

Small businesses need opportunities in larger sectors, and those supply chains need the diversity smaller companies bring. Minority-owned small businesses have additional challenges getting into the pipeline, yet they are perhaps the group that needs to be there the most.

Opportunities for Minority Owned Businesses with Oregon and Portland Governments

The State of Oregon and City of Portland recently expressed a commitment to expand contracting opportunities for certified minority owned and operated small businesses. To promote economic growth and equity, the city seeks to maximize the participation of minority suppliers.

Apple Propels Environmental Business Solutions Forward with Second Impact Accelerator Class

Sixteen Black-, Hispanic/Latinx-, and Indigenous-owned green technology and clean energy businesses are joining Apple’s second Impact Accelerator, part of the company’s Racial Equity and Justice Initiative.

CyberReadyMBE™ Prepares MBEs for Cyber-safety, New Business

Cybersecurity is such an important topic that even a company whose business is information technology needs help safeguarding their business. Not only do they need protection from hackers, but for the best profitability, they need a system considered safe enough for dealings with the federal government.

Gov. Beshear, Summit Packaging Solutions Cut Ribbon on Northern Kentucky Operation Creating 254 Jobs with $18.3 Million Investment

“I am so happy to join leaders from Summit Packaging today to cut the ribbon on the company’s new operation in Northern Kentucky,” Gov. Beshear said. “This project is creating a variety of quality jobs and capitalizes on the commonwealth’s strong infrastructure and logistical capabilities. I am excited to welcome the company to Kentucky and see it grow for decades to come.”

Native American Business Association Wins Grant to Host U.S./Australia First Nations Trade Mission

DFWMSDC members and founders of the Native American Business Association (NABA) have been awarded a grant from the U.S. State Department to host a delegation of Indigenous business leaders from Australia with an 18-day, four-city tour of the U.S. this Oct./Nov. that includes attendance at the NMSDC 50th Anniversary Annual Conference & Exchange in New Orleans.

NMSDC’s New Learning Center – Improve Your Virtual Sales Skills! MBE Testimonial

I was looking for a sales course that would help me better understand best practices in virtual selling. I found that course on the NMSDC Learning Center. I signed my team up for the new Learning Center and have personally taken four courses already. The Learning Center is a game changer! I highly recommend it.

NMSDC Congratulates VDart on winning Toyota’s Diverse IT Supplier of the Year Award!

The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) congratulates Corporate Plus member, VDart for receiving the Toyota Diverse IT Supplier of the Year Award for the second year in a row. The [...]

McKinsey’s Next Gen Supplier Diversity Report

The latest McKinsey report offers a perspective on ways to close the gap. Expand diversity among your suppliers—and add value to your organization, discusses the current state of corporate programs, the economic and social impact of supplier diversity programs, and actions companies and minority-owned businesses can take to fuel growth going forward.

Don Cravins, Jr. Nominated As The First Under Secretary of Commerce for Minority Business Development

The National Minority Supplier Development Council is thrilled regarding the news of Don Cravins’ nomination to fill the newly established position of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Minority Business Development (MBDA) at the Department of Commerce.

National Small Business Week 2022

National Small Business Week 2022 Building a Better America Through Entrepreneurship Virtual Summit May 2-5, 2022 May 1st through May 7th marks the dates for the U.S. Small Business Administration [...]

Join Cushman & Wakefield For Supplier Diversity Day

Cushman & Wakefield discusses the impact of diverse dollars on the growth of their business, their commitment to the diverse communities we serve, their new Cushman & Wakefield Supplier Registration Portal and the value of diverse suppliers in their supply chain.

Celebrating the One-year Anniversary of the RISE Initiative

In 2021, the Rose International Team formalized its commitment to advance racial equity across the U.S. and launched RISE – Rose Impacting Social Equality. Rose International made a $2 million commitment to help initiate change nationwide.

Report: What Investing In Black-Owned Media Means For Brands

Corporate brands are long overdue in paying attention to Black-owned media companies. Nielsen — a data and market measurement firm — is finally revealing why.

The company recently announced the launch of their Diverse Media Equity Program, which seeks to better survey diverse content historically excluded from media measurement, fund certification fees for diverse owned media and launch the first report on diverse media reach and audience profiles in its history.

Minority business leaders make case for increased access to federal infrastructure contracts at House hearing

Minority and women-owned businesses risk being sidelined in federal contracts, awarded to implement the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that Congress passed last year, unless deliberate action is taken to ensure they have equal access to succeed in the bidding process, members of Congress and minority business leaders said Thursday.

Building a Diverse Supply Chain Takes Work—But It’s Worth It

In this excerpt from his forthcoming book, Anti-Racist Leadership: How to Transform Culture in a Race-Conscious World,former Jamba Juice CEO James D. White—along with Krista White, who has joined him in his work—shares approaches on how diversity and inclusion can strengthen your supply chain.

A Guide to Business Certifications for Small Business Owners

If you’re a small business owner who belongs to an underrepresented group, you may be eligible for certain business certifications that can help you access more government contracts and private-sector opportunities.

Our Commitment to Supplier Diversity

The Home Depot is committed to building inclusive and sustainable business opportunities for women, minority, veteran, disability and LGBTQ owned companies. Our Supplier Diversity program was established in 2003, with the goal of increasing shareholder value, driving innovation and creating positive economic impact in the communities we serve.

Sam’s Club Holds Open Call for New Suppliers

Sam’s Club is searching for suppliers to bring more quality products to its warehouse club locations. The retailer is holding an open call for both private-brand and diverse suppliers.

As part of the summit, there will also be an opportunity to build relationships that support the retailer’s private-brand Member’s Mark packaging.

Sysco Announces Partnerships to Enhance Supplier Diversity

It’s important that every aspect of our business, including our supply chain, reflect the changing demographics of the communities where we work and live.

Cardin Lauds Final Passage of Legislation to Expand & Make Permanent Minority Business Development Agency

For Immediate Release November 9, 2021 Contact: Fabion Seaton (202) 880-4217 Cardin Lauds Final Passage of Legislation to Expand & Make Permanent Minority Business Development Agency  Measure Included in the [...]

Want More Mega Women-Owned Businesses? Then Modify Supplier Diversity Requirements

Access to markets is critical to all businesses. Having customers who spend billions on goods and services, such as government agencies or the Fortune 1000, increases your chances for high growth.

AARP – How to Get Certified as a Minority-Owned Small Business

Certification can open access to government contracts and other types of support

World Wide Technology Named to TIME’s Inaugural List of the TIME100 Most Influential Companies

TIME reveals the first-ever TIME100 Most Influential Companies that highlights 100 companies making an extraordinary impact around the world. World Wide Technology, the largest Black-owned corporation in the United States, is in the “Leaders” section on the TIME100 list.

9 Best Small Business Startup Loans for Minorities

To encourage minority entrepreneurs to access capital, we have studied and evaluated various loan and financing options.

Women in Procurement Wednesday: Maria Prince on equity and taking a seat at the table

“Equity” and “equality” may sound very similar to some. However, there is a clear distinction between the two — one that Maria Prince, Vice President of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), detailed in a recent interview.

Target pledges to spend $2B on products, services from Black-owned businesses

As part of its racial equity efforts, Target Corp. is pledging to sell products from more than 500 Black-owned brands by the end of 2025.

How Minority-Owned Businesses Can Thrive During (And After) Covid-19

If you’re a small business owner struggling to keep your company afloat, here are a few tips, from my team to yours, to help your company emerge from the pandemic stronger and more agile than ever.

Fifth Third Executive Vice President Joins National Urban League Board of Directors

Kala Gibson, chief enterprise corporate social responsibility officer and head of Business Banking at Fifth Third Bank has joined the National Urban League’s Board of Directors.

Building A Diverse and Capable Workforce from The Bottom Up

Integrating a lean philosophy into operations and standards seems to be a natural fit for NMSDC’s MBE community, which is using lean practices to be more innovative and responsive to customers.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in a Changing Country

Adrienne Trimble knows the future is all about minority-owned businesses. The former general manager for diversity and inclusion at Toyota Motor North America sat down for a conversation about diversity in business.

GE – Taking the Next Step on Economic Inclusion

by: Mike Barber Chief Diversity Officer at GE Today, we honor the legacy and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The past year has highlighted all too well that […]

Apple launches major new Racial Equity and Justice Initiative projects to challenge systemic racism, advance racial equity nationwide

Apple today announced a set of major new projects as part of its $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative (REJI) to help dismantle systemic barriers to opportunity and combat injustices faced by communities of color.

Neta Scientific Named SBA Regional Subcontractor of the Year

Neta Scientific, a leading distributor of laboratory supplies, solutions, and safety products to the Life Science and Pharmaceutical industries, was awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2020 Regional Subcontractor of the Year Award for Region II.

Equality of Opportunity In Action: Strengthening Supplier Diversity

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on 12/17 at 12:00pm ET for Equality of Opportunity In Action: Strengthening Supplier Diversity. Details:  Thursday, December 17, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM […]

Tools to Help Black Businesses Stay Open

The unfortunate reality is that far too many Black-owned businesses entered this crisis undercapitalized and under-resourced. Through our own research, we know that businesses in predominantly Black and Latinx communities have significantly lower cash liquidity than businesses in predominantly white communities.

Papa John’s cooks up a supplier diversity program from scratch

Papa John’s International didn’t have a supplier diversity program before Natonya Harbison joined the team in December 2018. The new director of diversity, equity and inclusion was starting from scratch.

AMN Healthcare launches minority-owned businesses initiative

The staffing company’s financial support and mentoring initiative aims to help 100 new and small businesses generating less than $1 million in annual revenues to become certified Minority Business Enterprises.

Coca-Cola commits $500 million in additional spending with Black-owned suppliers

The Coca-Cola Company’s longstanding commitment to supplier diversity has never been more important, as minority-owned businesses – particularly Black-owned enterprises – continue to bear the 2020 economic brunt of both the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racial injustice.

The 21st Annual Rainbow PUSH/CEF Global Automotive Summit

The 21st Annual Rainbow PUSH/CEF Global Automotive Summit, with the theme “Moving The Economic Needle Towards Equality,” is virtual this year. The challenging circumstances we’ve all faced in 2020 has forced us to alter our approach, while also maintaining our focus on the continuing fight for African American parity in the automotive industry.

MBE Success Stories – ARVO Realty Advisors

Ed Ryland, CCIM, MCR, is the President & CEO, of ARVO Realty Advisors. He is also the author of a book named “The Secrets to Building a Successful Minority-Owned Company”.

Delta Air Lines Steps Up Diversity Initiatives

As part of Delta Air Lines diversity efforts, the company’s Vice President of Global Cleanliness announced the carrier is seeking minority-owned businesses to support the development of a world-class cleanliness […]

It’s Time To Help Black-Owned Businesses

It’s no overstatement that Black-owned U.S. businesses are in a state of crisis due to the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. From February to April of this year alone, 440,000 Black-owned businesses closed their doors permanently, with thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in worker income lost.

The Fireside Chat on Supplier Diversity – with Adrienne Trimble

Enjoy these takeaways from the Fireside Chat on Supplier Diversity in the Retail Industry – with Daymond John (Keynote Speaker), Dollar General, and True Value!

Denny’s supplier diversity a ‘pillar’ in its DEI efforts

Employers around the country have varying definitions of what it means to be a diverse company. For the restaurant chain Denny’s, it includes a special focus on supplier diversity.

Why You Need a Supplier-Diversity Program

A handful of socially conscious major companies have long played a role in addressing racial injustice through supplier diversity programs that promote an inclusive approach to procurement.

Small business toolkit: 7 resources for Black-owned businesses

While 7% of White business owners get a loan in their first year of business, only 1% of Black business owners do so. There are, however, resources available for Black-owned businesses. Here are seven that can help, especially amid the pandemic.

Black-owned businesses are finding new opportunities in today’s justice movement

For some Black-owned business owners in the Philadelphia, the BLM movement has helped their companies, and created new opportunities.

10 Small Business Grants for Minorities in 2020

There are many grants available for minority-owned businesses. Find out how you can take advantage of these grant programs to start or grow your business.

Crowdfundingroadmap Survive & Thrive Summit Sponsored by Microsoft

NEWS PROVIDED BY Crowdfundingroadmap Inc. Jul 14, 2020, 10:56 ET DALLAS, July 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The world’s economy has entered uncharted waters. Many small businesses are imperiled by diminished sales and the […]

U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris, Ben Cardin, Maria Cantwell, Chuck Schumer, Cory Booker and Catherine Cortez Masto Introduce Legislation to Invest in Minority-Owned Businesses

New Bill Would Broaden Reach of Minority Business Development Agency & Make It Permanent.

Vistra Commits $10 Million To Organizations Working For Social Justice And Equity

Company’s multi-year commitment focuses on minority-owned small businesses, economic development, and education In addition, Vistra is engaging employees to talk about race in the workplace to further its diversity and […]

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Expands Free Online Education For Small Businesses

The Goldman Sachs Foundation today announced that it is making its world-class 10,000 Women online business education course available to more women around the world, free of charge.

COVID-19: Investing in Black Lives and Livelihoods

The unfolding public-health and possible economic disaster of the pandemic will disproportionately affect black Americans—unless stakeholders respond immediately.

Call To Action – Kyyba Innovations Aggregating Medical Supplies

Here’s a call to all investors, PPE suppliers and entrepreneurs/importers – Kyyba Innovations will be aggregating all medical supplies from other countries faster and in a more effective way. These supplies will then be delivered structurally to all hospital systems in Michigan and any place in the US where there is a shortage.

SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

WASHINGTON – SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement today in response to the President’s address to the nation: “The President took bold, decisive action to make our 30 million small businesses […]

The Network Journal Announces its 22nd Annual 25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards Presented by Morgan Stanley

“The women we honor in the 22nd year of our 25 Influential Black Women in Business awards span occupations, industries and expertise, and share the same traits when it comes to their career and community service: passion, drive and focus. “

Resources for Minority-Owned Businesses

Staying afloat is difficult for any business. For minority-owned businesses there are the added challenges: systemic disadvantages when it comes to access to resources such as small business loans, and almost-daily (if not daily) prejudice.