Month: August 2021

Keep up-to-date with what’s happening in the supply chain diversity space both nationally, regionally, and locally as well as get the latest NYNJMSDC news.

MBE Spotlight: HAN Staffing

HAN IT Staffing was conceived in 2012 and incorporated in December of that same year. The two owners, and equal partners, of the company, are Megha Pandey and Ria Kalra. They had been friends for several years, and starting a firm together was a dream venture for them.

HAN IT Staffing is a certified minority and women-owned business in the states of New York and NJ. Our company’s DNA has been both gender and racially diverse since its very inception. The company’s employee headcount has always been >70% female and racially diverse.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the founders knew there were other individuals (especially women) in the market who were looking for remote work flexibility – without compromising on, and equally passionate about, their work and careers. While forever committed to the work-life balance, it is this uncompromising commitment to excellence that has seen their confident venture grow leaps and bounds each year.

With revenue today ten-fold what it was just five years ago, and an ever-growing list of clients that have evolved into trusted partners in the industry, HAN Staffing Is poised to continue its successful journey – more importantly, doing so as a Minority and Women-owned business.

Corporate Spotlight: Northwell Health

Dawn Wells is a supply chain professional passionate about health equity. She holds a Masters of Public Health from Adelphi University and is currently Director of Supply Chain at Northwell Health, New York’s largest healthcare provider, serving NYC, Long Island, and Westchester.  In this role, she leads supply chain operations for the Health Systems’ Ambulatory Care Network comprised of more than 830 physician practices and outpatient facilities.

Dawn is also responsible for leading Northwell Health’s Supplier Diversity Program and supporting the organization’s Sustainable Sourcing Initiatives.  In her 18-year career at Northwell Health Dawn has been a consistent champion of Diversity, representing Procurement as a member of the Diversity and Health Equity Council and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.

Northwell Health operates in multicultural communities with diverse needs.  Therefore, having strong relationships with diverse suppliers supports Northwell Health’s vision and core values.  Dawn has been instrumental in forging strong relationships with diverse suppliers which supports Northwell’s commitment to increasing the economic viability of diverse communities in which it serves.  She has also helped to create a system Supplier Diversity Policy and charter a Supplier Diversity Council that is charged with creating a cross-functional action plan, ensuring that there is a system-wide commitment to maintaining the diversity of the Health System’s suppliers, putting in place standardized processes for measuring goals and success, and partnering with external agencies to educate and deliver information to diverse suppliers within the communities served.

Under her leadership, Northwell Health’s Supplier Diversity program continues to grow.  The Health System has recently committed to maintaining ten percent of spend or more with diverse suppliers. Northwell Health is an active member of the NY/NJ MSDC collaborating annually to host a Healthcare Symposium and assisting member MBE’s whenever possible.

NYS COVID-19 Grant

Empire State Development is happy to announce the New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program is NOW OPEN. This program was created to provide flexible grant assistance to currently viable small businesses, micro-businesses, and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations in the State of New York that have experienced economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NY & NJ Minority Supplier Development Council is now providing additional technical support services to assist small businesses with grant applications, as well as getting your business back on track as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

NYS grant awards will be calculated based on a business’ annual 2019 gross receipts and are capped as follows:

  • Annual gross receipts = $25,000-$49,999: $5,000/business
  • Annual gross receipts = $50,000-$99,999: $10,000/business
  • Annual gross receipts = $100,000-$500,000: 10% of gross receipts (max grant is $50,000)

For eligibility requirements and more information regarding the New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Program, please visit

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