LEADER TO LEADER—Opportunity Fair speaker Marquis Miller of the NMSDC and Alexander Nichols Jr., president and CEO of WPMSDC share a moment.
He pointed out that he is aware that in order for small businesses to grow that they need help from government and someone to rid the barriers. He committed to the audience that he will continue to serve as a champion for small businesses in the Keystone State.
With the task of working with NMSDC President Joset B. Wright to maximize organizational performance among the organizations affiliate regional councils across the country, Miller mentioned that the organization has launched a five-year strategic plan. The plan he said is designed to position the organization to better serve its members and certified minority business enterprises. The six points of the plan include board engagement, business process standardization, network governance, performance management, targeted services and expanded offerings, and technology modernization.
NMSDC is a corporate membership organization with 36 affiliate regional councils throughout the U.S. and 3,500 corporate members to match with more than 15,000 certified Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American suppliers.
“Small MBE’s have to grow beyond sole proprietors and there is a need to close the gap in the use of technology,” he noted. He suggested that it is time to embrace the idea and use of mergers and partnerships. Also he said doing business with each other is important. “It is a good idea for MBEs to leverage the power that they have,” Miller said.
The theme of this year’s fair, “Team Work Makes the Dream Work,” provided the opportunity for minority business enterprises to meet top corporate and government buyers and vice versa.
“This year’s opportunity fair was an occasion for corporate executives, buyers from local, state, federal government agencies, and minority business owners to embrace the new and exciting changes occurring in western Pennsylvania through the energy industry,” said Nichols.
Seminars for the event included Available “Resources for MBEs” and “How to do Business with Corporations.” County Executive Rich Fitzgerald attended the Kick-Off Breakfast and welcomed guests while former Pittsburgh Steeler Edmund Nelson, a Steelers analyst for KDKA-TV Channel 2, served as emcee.
The WPMSDC second quarterly meeting is scheduled for June 12 on the Gateway Clipper Fleet’s Princess at 4 p.m. and their 31st Annual Golf Outing and Dinner will take place August fifth at Quicksilver Golf Club. L.C. Greenwood is Honorary Chair. Both events provide the opportunity to network with corporate members and certified MBEs.
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