For minority and women supplier diversity business entrepreneurs

Today’s marketplace for talent and customers has become increasingly multicultural, multigenerational, and ethnically diverse. When the makeup of the people around your business or enterprise changes, there is only one thing to do and that is to change with them. You will have to gain a better understanding of who your workforce is, what’s important to them and how to best motivate them. It’s really the practice of the Platinum Rule. Treating people the way they prefer to be treated.

Consider this. Between 2000 and 2013, Charlotte, North Carolina had a 168 percent increase in the number of Hispanic residents, the highest in the nation according to a study by Nielsen.

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Hurricane Andrew struck Dade County, Florida, in August 1992. At the time, it was the costliest and one of the most devastating hurricanes in U.S. history.

Reportedly, 63,000 homes were destroyed and more than 101,000 others were damaged, leaving roughly 175,000 people homeless. All told, the damage was estimated at more than $25 billion, and 44 fatalities were reported.

Hurricane Andrew changed a lot of lives. And Patricia Curry’s was one of them.Curry, president of MAZAL Nursing Services, Inc. (MNS) (www.mazalnursingservices.com) and her husband, a diplomat, had lived in many countries before settling in Miami in 1992. She and her family were living the good life until that fateful day.

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Chevron’s supplier diversity program was developed more than 20 years ago and has continued to evolve as business drivers and objectives have continued to change over the years. Once focused on compliance and reputational issues, today’s supplier diversity program must now focus on utilization and development of small and diverse businesses to create a competitive advantage by introducing competition, innovation, responsiveness, and operational excellence to the supply chain. Supplier diversity is no longer a matter of compliance or social investment, but rather must be viewed as a business imperative for our success.

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September 11, 2001 will forever be embedded in everyone’s minds as the day that changed how people work, live, and play. The terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center’s twin towers, damaged the Pentagon, and took almost 3,000 lives represent a turning point in history.

Since that day, the United States has been embroiled in an international military campaign dubbed the War on Terror to root out terrorist organizations and the regimes that support them. For U.S. Marine Corps veteran Rudy Uribe, 9/11 not only reignited his passion for military service, but also set the wheels in motion for him to begin a business that would meet the needs of military veterans.

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Recent developments in Canada are helping raise the profile of supplier diversity in a country that is in the early days of its journey to understand and embrace the benefits. For example, this spring, WEConnect International in Canada’s Executive Director Astrid Pregel worked with the federal government to convene a high-level Supplier Diversity Roundtable. Hosted by the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, the roundtable brought together 25 leading advocates of supplier diversity, including women business enterprises (WBEs) and representatives from corporations, government, women’s business organizations, and diversity certification bodies.

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MBE's Business Opportunities resource covers business-related financing, consulting, and programs available for the Supplier Diversity community and M/WBEs. Updated monthly.

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MBE's M/WBE Resource Directory is a comprehensive list of resource organizations (including links) that support the Supplier Diversity community and M/WBEs.

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