July’s Message From The President

A MESSAGE FROM THE COUNCIL PRESIDENT

The New York New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council extends a sincere thanks to all who participated in our Networking for Scholarships Golf Event and Business Opportunity Expo on June 16th and 17th in New Jersey. We hope that these events positively impacted your businesses. We will be participating in several new programs that will benefit our certified MBEs as we move forward through the summer. On July 23rd, the Council will host a business education event that will feature the Goldman Sachs 10000 Small Business Program.
This program provides business owners with a roadmap for business growth and development. We will also co-sponsor an industry target event with Comcast NBC Universal on July 30th where selected MBEs will meet with procurement representatives to discuss new business opportunities. I will be sending out information on several of our Access to Capital programs that will provide new opportunities for MBEs to apply for debt/equity and accounts receivable financing. We hope these programs continue to help our MBEs and those in the supply chain of our corporate members advance the growth and development of minority businesses.

Have a wonderful summer!

Terrence Clark, President and CEO

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CORPORATE MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

When we think of National Grid, most of us think of “Power” -electric power, that is. But for those who have met Carla Hunter Ramsey, Director of Supplier Diversity for National Grid, we think of the power of supplier diversity. Since 2009 Ms. Hunter Ramsey has led National Grid’s supplier diversity program with great success. National Grid was most recently recognized as the winner of the first ISM Outstanding Supplier Diversity Program Award.
In previous roles as a director of procurement in Higher Education, Ms. Hunter Ramsey was included in the CUNY wide supplier diversity initiative and helped to develop the strategy, goals and objectives of the program.

“As an African American woman I worked in a family business and was directly impacted by the challenges that a minority business owner encounters working with the public or private sector. This experience coupled with leading procurement organizations gives me insight on how to address some of the challenges” says Carla.

To be a successful supplier to National Grid, it helps to understand that they procure many services that qualify as “medium” to “high” risk as it relates to maintaining/restoring their gas and electric infrastructure. In order for vendors to qualify to bid on these projects, they must go through a rigorous vetting process and, as a result, have a “passing grade” to compete.

Carla says, “We would like to see more diverse suppliers in this space (gas pipeline construction, electrical construction, overhead lines, environmental remediation, etc).”

To register as a diverse supplier visit www.nationalgrid.com

How to complete the registration form online:

1.Click on “Suppliers & Vendors” at the top right hand corner
2.Click on “Supplier Registration”
3.Read all supporting documentation
4.Fill out active PDF supplier registration form
5.Send your company’s active diverse certification(s) to
vendor.onboarding@nationalgrid.com

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STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Your Team members at The Council congratulate Dora Reddick for your nomination to receive Odyssey International Productions “Award of Excellence” on November 20, 2015, for your dedication and loyalty to Small, Minority and Woman-owned businesses.

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