Recognizes Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business enterprises for their business growth and development, operational success, support of other minority businesses and active participation in the community. The honorees are divided into four categories, based on annual sales: Class I is for firms with less than $1 million in sales; Class II is for firms with $1 million to $10 million in sales, Class III is for firms with $10 million to $50 million in sales and Class IV is for firms with more than $50 million in sales. There is potential for one company from each class to be named NY & NJ Minority Supplier Development Council Supplier of the Year.


Class I
  • Business Promotion
  • Ideas, Inc.
Class II
  • XL Alliance, LLC dba
  • CIEN+
Class III
  • Software Folks dba
  • Saviance Technologies Inc.
Class IV
  • HighPoint Solutions, Inc.



Recognizes exemplary achievement in the area of minority supplier development. These awards are regarded as the most significant honor to major corporations for the utilization of Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American Companies. The company (ies) demonstrates exceptional strength in all areas critical to maintaining a solid minority supplier development process/policies; procurement, particularly growth in dollars and percent; MBE development; and leadership and engagement.


National Corporation of the Year Finalists

Becton Dickinson & Company
Johnson & Johnson
Major League Baseball


Local Corporation of the Year Finalists

Guggenheim Partners
University Hospital



Presented to a supplier diversity professional at a regional or local corporate member company who has gone the extra mile to make a significant impact in the field of minority supplier development. This individual recognizes the importance of developing and nurturing partnerships with diverse suppliers and the potential for those relationships to drive change and foster inclusion. As a leader within their organization, this individual provides minority supplier development training to other managers, buyers and key procurement executives within their organization and demonstrates measurable progress/ increase in their company’s spend with NMSDC-certified minority suppliers.


Advocate of the Year FINALISTS

Corey Smith
Kate Kleyman
Pauline Gebon