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NMSDC draws thousands to Vegas


Ribbon-cutting at the business opportunity fair with NMSDC president Harriet Michel wielding the scissors. Chevron, Honda, Hyatt, Sprint Nextel, Toyota and Wal-Mart sponsored the fair. In late October the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC, www.nmsdc.org) national conference and business opportunity fair drew 3,000 MBEs and more than 2,000 corporations to Las Vegas, NV. The event started with a day-long business opportunity fair featuring 282 MBEs and 226 corporate exhibitors.

Terry Lundgren, Macy’s CEO and NMSDC board chair, left, and NMSDC president Harriet Michel present Johnson Controls CEO Stephen Roell with his company’s corporation of the year award. “Today’s corporations place great value on an efficient global supply chain,” says Harriet R. Michel, president of NMSDC. “Our conference is the best place for corporate purchasing execs to meet high-performing minority businesses.”

The convention continued for two more days of seminars and workshops. These business meetings covered trends and issues in purchasing, international growth and competitiveness, strategic sourcing, access to capital for MBEs and return on investment for supplier diversity initiatives.

The affair wrapped up with a gala awards dinner, recognizing companies that excel in supplier diversity, MBEs that excel in their businesses, and individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to advancing minority businesses. Johnson Controls was named corporation of the year; the New York/New Jersey MSDC is council of the year; and John Hofmeister, retiring president of Shell, received the corporate leadership award. NMSDC regions went on to recognize their own outstanding suppliers and corporations of the year.

The New York-New Jersey MSDC was named council of the year. President Lynda Ireland holds the award. Conference and business fair sponsors: ADM, Chevron, Coca-Cola, Dell, Ford, Harrah’s, Hilton, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Raytheon, Shell, Sprint, Toyota, UPS, Verizon, Wal-Mart and many others.



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