MBE Spotlight: Ongweoweh
Ongweoweh Corp is a Native American-owned, pallet management company that provides pallet and packaging procurement, recycling services, and supply chain optimization programs. The company, headquartered in Ithica, New York, also offers custom reporting along with data and trend analysis for a very diverse customer base of Fortune 500 companies. Since Ongweoweh was founded in 1978 by Frank Bonamie, a member of the Cayuga Indian Nation of New York, the company has become one of the most successful privately owned Native-American enterprises in the U.S. and the most highly regarded resource in the pallet and packaging management industry.
Ongweoweh provides innovative ideas and creative solutions to meet the challenging needs of its customers. Its signature real-time tracking software NativeTrax™ is used to facilitate the retrieval and reuse of platforms. The company makes more than $168 million in annual sales and has facilities in four states, plus Mexico and Canada.
Now, led by President Justin M. Bennett, Ongweoweh Corp. continues to maintain and promote its rich Native-American heritage. Bennett’s Native roots run deep, with both parents stemming from Haudenosaunee from the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, located about 30 miles southwest of Buffalo, N.Y. His father is Seneca of the Deer clan and his mother is Cayuga of the Turtle clan.
Ongweoweh strives to abide by its core values that include integrity, respect, accountability and stewardship, in addition to the values of the “Seventh Generation” philosophy derived from the Iroquois Great Law of Peace. These principles have long been the foundation of this thriving minority business enterprise.
2019 Quarter 3 Newsletter
2019 Partnership Awards Gala
This year’s Partnership Awards Gala will be an elegant night you don’t want to miss! We will come together at Cipriani 25 Broadway and celebrate another year of remarkable business achievements. Join us for an evening of splendor and surprise as MBEs and corporate members unmask their potential. You just might meet a new business match! We look forward to seeing you there. Click here for more details
NJ Business Opportunity Exchange
The Business Opportunity Exchange is our signature event structured for unparalleled opportunities. This year we take it across the river and launch our first New Jersey Exchange. There will be nonstop networking, our groundbreaking MBE-led MarketPlace, and the chance to learn about forming beneficial partnerships during compelling information sessions. Reserve your spot now!
Biz Connect Powered by NYNJMSDC
Networking is made casual and fun at The Council’s annual Biz Connect event. MBEs and corporate members can mingle over complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks while forming lasting connections. Sign up today!
MBE Spotlight: E. Smith Contractors
E. Smith Contractors, an award-winning construction company dedicated to providing construction, technical, and management services to its clients, works in the Commercial, Health, Education, and Private sectors. E. Smith specializes in Construction Management, General Construction, and design/build projects. The company has headquarters in Syracuse, N.Y., with another location in Washington, D.C.
E. Smith, a diverse and determined company, is most proud of its national reach. E. Smith continually expands into new markets and remains deeply involved in the communities in which it serves.
Highly regarded for being unique and creative in its approach to completing jobs safely and efficiently, the company commits to establishing long-term client relationships based on safety, quality, and timely service. At E. Smith Contractors, leadership and staff strive always to put their best foot forward – to walk the walk, not just talk the talk.
Corporate Spotlight: BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Gladys Lopez, catalyst and trailblazer, leads BNY Mellon
Global Supplier Diversity Program
On August 19, BNY Mellon NYC announced that Gladys Lopez, catalyst and trailblazer, had been named Global Head for Supplier Diversity. Lopez, a highly regarded supplier diversity practitioner and advocate, has been breaking ground and contributing to supplier diversity initiatives for more than 20 years. She has helped fortune 500 corporations propel their supplier diversity endeavors to best-in-class programs.
BNY Mellon suppliers provide an array of products and services, in areas such as professional services, print, furniture and equipment, construction & renovation, technology/IT, and facilities. BNY Mellon continues to identify certified diverse suppliers in the primary categories of real estate, marketing, operations, professional services, and technology.
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