Although corporate diversity programs have existed for decades in the United States, too many entrepreneurs still do not know about, or fully understand what Supplier Diversity and/or Diversity Certification really is.
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.
For nearly 50 years, the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), America’s most influential and successful minority business development organization, offered its minority business enterprises (MBEs) the gold-standard certification that has created pathways to global prosperity and a national network to support their growth, development, and sustainability.
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As our Corporate Plus® program develops new energy and a higher profile in the NMSDC network, we are especially pleased to invite you to join NMSDC President/CEO Adrienne Trimble and your Corporate Plus® peers for the 2020 Corporate Plus® Summit.
Talking to business owner and National Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee (NMBEIC) Chair, a committee of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) , Clifford A. Bailey, it is obvious why he has been so successful in every role he has assumed. He sits on the board NMSDC and as the NMBEIC Chair, represents more than 12,000 small businesses.
Byron Stallworth of National Roofing Partners recently caught up with Bailey in hopes of finding out what motivates this passionate advocate for minority business enterprise. Clifford A. Bailey is known as a tireless advocate for encouraging large corporations to invest in minority and women-owned businesses. What originally sparked this passion?
“It started in my childhood,” he said. “My parents helped many members of our community get jobs and build their businesses. So, little did I know at the time, I was growing up in a family of entrepreneurs. In addition to having full-time jobs, my folks had rental property and started a restaurant.
“Later, my father moved back to his hometown to pursue his dream of becoming a farmer. I realized that farming is a very pure form of entrepreneurship because there are so many factors that they have almost no control over! I got involved in my current work by watching my parents help others,” he said. “It motivated me to do the same.”
Source: National Roofing Partners