Friday, June 19, 2015

“WBEs Who Rock” Contest Winners to be announced at MBE magazine’s “The White Party” 30th Anniversary Wrap Reception

MBE magazine to celebrate Wrap Reception of 30th Anniversary and winner of contest.

MBE magazine’s 30th anniversary celebration started on June 23 last year in Philadelphia, PA, and “wraps” up on the same date this year in Austin, TX. “It’s hard to believe a year has already passed,” said Barbara Oliver, president of Enterprise Publishing Inc. and publisher of MBE magazine. “But it’s exciting to think we’re starting a new journey to the next 30 years.”
The Wrap Reception happens at the annual WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council) National Conference and Business Fair, immediately after the Welcome Reception and at the Hilton Austin.    
The theme of the celebration is “The White Party,” and guests are requested to wear white cocktail attire. Highlight of the event will be the announcement of 14 winners of the WBEs Who Rock Contest, the second annual event conducted by MBE magazine. “Four of our winners have already been announced and are on the cover of our current May/June issue,” said Ms. Oliver. “However, you must attend our Wrap Reception in order to find out the remaining 10 winners. They won’t even know if they’ve won until they get there. Many submissions and nominations have been received and it was most difficult to single out the winners.”
The contest was open to all current WBEs who were also allowed to self-nominate this year. Due to the success of the contest, it is likely to continue in coming years.
Among the sponsors of this year’s event are Macy’s, who sponsored the May/June cover shoot, Kaiser Permanente, Artech Information Systems, Rose International, Southeastern Grocers, MGM Resorts International, Allstate, Johnson & Johnson, Shell, Red Kite Business Advisors, and Mosaic Global Transportation, who is the official ground transportation provider.
About MBE:
Minority Business Entrepreneur (MBE) magazine is published bi-monthly by Enterprise Publishing Inc. and serves as a nationwide forum for minority and women business owners, corporations and government agencies concerned with minority and women business enterprise development. Founded in 1984 by Ginger Conrad, MBE magazine maintains a strong commitment to economic parity as a lasting solution to the ills of poverty and discrimination.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Powering Innovation and Growth: Top Utilities Meet in Albuquerque

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) 32nd Annual Supplier Diversity Conference is going on this week (June 2-5, 2015) at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid Hotel in Albuquerque, NM. Hosted by PNM Resources, an energy holding company based in New Mexico, this conference attracted over 300 registrants including 34 public utilities companies from around the country, and 16 of their prime suppliers.

EEI is the association that represents U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Their members operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, accounting for $90 billion in annual capital expenditures. Supplier diversity spend by the utilities in this sector represent several billion dollars. This proactive business practice provides companies owned by ethnic minorities, women, and/or service disabled veterans with equal access to purchasing opportunities.

With the changing U.S. demographics companies are increasingly adopting robust supplier diversity programs and pioneering public utilities like Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) are leading this charge. In 2013, the California based company spent approximately $1.5 billion with minority-owned business enterprises, the highest for the company to date. To accomplish this milestone in supplier diversity excellence, PG&E worked with 356 unique minority suppliers.

EEI’s annual Supplier Diversity Conference offers their members a matchless opportunity to identify potential new diverse vendors in a pre-competitive setting while also helping diverse vendors to better understand the opportunities and challenges of working with the utilities sector. Conference speakers include industry veterans like EEI’s chief economist, Dr. John Caldwell exploring how the state of the U.S. and world economies influence the energy industry; Steve Dukes, Sr. Supplier Diversity Coordinator, CenterPoint Energy, discussing the intricate nuances of the utility vendor relationship; and Carter Cherry, Director of Supply Chain and General Services, PNM Resources, sharing insights regarding vendor compliance, operating procedures, and other supply chain strategies needed to succeed.

To learn more, stay tuned to MBE magazine’s videoprofiles highlighting conference attendees.

Nadine S. Bartholomew is the principal consultant of N. S. Bartholomew Consulting, a strategic communications firm specializing in utilities diversity.