How MBEs Are Navigating The COVID-19 Business Challenges

A town hall focused on a frank discussion with minority business owners on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on their business, how are they coping, what can corporate customers do to support them and what advice can they give to other MBEs. What do the federal, state and local governments need to do to support minority businesses?

We will also be taking questions from the audience which will consist of other MBEs as well as corporate members of NMSDC. We welcome your participation, questions and insights on what your companies are doing. We want to hear from you!

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Adrienne Trimble, President and CEO, The National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.
Adrienne Trimble
President and CEO
The National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.

Adrienne Trimble is the President and CEO of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). She is a known thought leader for advancing corporate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives. Prior to her role with NMSDC, Ms. Trimble was General Manager, Diversity & Inclusion at Toyota Motor North America, responsible for leading and executing diversity & inclusion strategies across Toyota’s North American operations.

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Sidd Ahmed, Founder & CEO VDart Group
Sidd Ahmed
Founder & CEO
VDart Group

Sidd Ahmed is the Founder and CEO of VDart Group, one of the leading digital talent management, solution and product companies found in the industry globally. VDart was born months after the recession during a time when companies were closing, and its success was the result of sheer effort and motivation from its captain, Sidd. He claims that it’s because the mindset has always been to “create opportunities for the success of others,” the company is standing where it is today.

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Nina Vaca, CEO and Chairperson Pinnacle Group
Nina Vaca
CEO & Chairman of Pinnacle Group
Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship

Nina Vaca is Chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Group, named the fastest-growing woman-owned company in the country in 2015 and 2018. Pinnacle has also been included on the Inc 500/5000 list of fasting growing companies 13 times. Vaca is one of the few Latinas in the nation serving on the boards of publicly traded companies.

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Alfred Edmonds, President/Co-Owner, E.E. Ward Moving & Storage
Brian Brooks
E.E. Ward Moving & Storage

A business leader with a diverse entrepreneurial background, Brian Brooks is someone to know. Since 2001, Brian has served as President of E.E. Ward Moving & Storage Co., an agent of North American Van Lines, a SIRVA Relocation company. E.E. Ward provides professional relocation services for local, long distance and international household goods relocation, commercial office moving and corporate employee relocation.

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Roderick K. Rickman, Chairman & CEO, Rickman Enterprise Group
Roderick K. Rickman
Chairman & CEO
Rickman Enterprise Group

Roderick K. Rickman, Chairman and CEO of Rickman Enterprise Group is a native Detroiter whose roots are firmly planted in the community. He is the founder of the Rickman Enterprise Group, an Industry leader in complete Facility Management Demolition, Industrial Environmental Technical Cleaning Waste Management, Interior Finishing for Manufacturing, Utility, Education, Aerospace, and Defense/Military Industries.

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Leon Richardson, Founder, President and CEO Chemico Group
Leon Richardson
Founder, President and CEO
Chemico Group

Leon C. Richardson is the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chemico Group, one of the largest minority-owned chemical management and distribution companies in the United States. For 30 years, Richardson has guided a single employee start-up to employ more than 400 people across 30 states and four countries and amasses more than $100 million in sales annually. Black Enterprise has named Chemico to its list of the top 100 Black Businesses nine times.

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