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SoCalGas and Frontier Communications Provide Diverse Businesses with Business-Building Tips

MBE Magazine Staff
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Virtual supplier webinars are intended to help diverse businesses succeed during COVID-19 pandemic.

LOS ANGELES — Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and Frontier Communications collaborating to lead a series of webinars throughout April with tips for diverse business enterprises seeking to earn utility contracts.  

Representatives from six other California utilities will participate in the webinars, offering suppliers latest updates from the utilities on upcoming sourcing opportunities, support for diverse businesses and available resources to the supplier community.

“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the diverse business community, many of which are small and medium-sized businesses,” said Denita Willoughby, SoCalGas Vice President of Supply Management and Logistics.  “These virtual seminars bring a new, safe approach to further strengthen communications with suppliers and help them stay profitable.”  

“Together with SoCalGas and other utility partners, Frontier Communications recognizes the importance of critical infrastructure industries and essential services like ours,” said Joe Gamble, Senior Vice President, Frontier Communications. “These virtual forums will help our diverse suppliers identify growth opportunities and enable Frontier to adapt supply chain requirements to keep our customers and the communities we serve connected.”

Suppliers interested in participating are asked to RSVP and submit any questions prior to each virtual session to supplierdiversity@ftr.com. The sponsors anticipate participants will include representatives of diverse businesses from construction, engineering, facilities, janitorial, paving, consulting and professional services, along with vendors of a broad range of expendable and reusable goods.

The virtual series will be hosted by Dawn Gilbert of Frontier Communications and Joe Chow of SoCalGas and began on April 9th, followed by sessions on April 16th and April 23rd, and concluding on April 30th. 

The session times, dates and panelists are the following:

Session 1 – April 9th – 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.
Stephanie Green, CPUC
Edward Simon, California American Water
Lisa Roben, Comcast
Jay Wesley, Century Link

Session 2 – April 16th – 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.
Drisha Melton, CPUC
Holly Joy, Golden State Water
Joan Kerr, PG&E
Telma Lopez, Southwest Gas

Session 3 – April 23rd – 2:00 to 2:45 p.m.
Stephanie Green, CPUC
Edward Simon, California American Water
Lisa Roben, Comcast
Jay Wesley, CenturyLink

Session 4 – April 30th – 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.
Drisha Melton, CPUC
Holly Joy, Golden State Water
Joan Kerr, PG&E
Telma Lopez, Southwest Gas

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