May’s Message From The President


The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council salutes the achievements made by Asian Heritage businesses to the continuing growth of the U.S. economy. Our Council remains committed to developing and expanding our programming to meet the needs of our MBE and corporate constituents, enabling them to further the growth of their business enterprises and supplier diversity programs. In the coming months we will initiate several financial assistance and targeted industry procurement programs to ensure that expanded growth opportunities are available to our certified MBEs, and that our corporate members are connected with MBEs in the product and service areas that they are seeking.

We cordially invite you to attend our Networking for Scholarships on June 16, 2015 at the Montclair Country Club in Montclair, N.J. and our Business Expo on June 17th at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, N.J. These events represent networking opportunities for certified MBEs and Corporate Members to learn about upcoming procurement and financing opportunities, and to develop and enhance business relationships that are mutually beneficial.

Go to our website at for further information on how to participate in these business development events. We appreciate your continued support of The Council and our efforts.


Farewell to Edwin Cruz

Our colleague, Edwin Cruz, has accepted an exciting position as Certification & Sourcing Manager at the DFW MSDC Minority Supplier Development Council in Dallas, TX.

Please join us in celebrating his many contributions to The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council and in wishing him a bright future in Texas.



Avani Technology,
a participant in our State of Asian-Owned Businesses of NY & NJ Forum, is an information technology provider that specializes in software development, custom software solutions and providing IT professionals.

We honor our Council-certified Asian-Owned Businesses.


Have you met Joy Wong, Corporate Vice President at New York Life Insurance Company?

She has led New York Life’s supplier diversity program since 2011. However, her involvement with supplier diversity began in previous years when she was in the company’s procurement department, participating in supplier diversity. On the types of suppliers New York Life seeks, Joy says “The majority of our diverse spend comes from temporary staffing, technology, furniture/office equipment, marketing, and professional services; so I naturally look for potential suppliers in these categories. I am always looking to find new suppliers that could be a fit for the other types of goods and services that we buy, so that when an opportunity comes along, I already have prospective suppliers identified.”

Joy goes on to say, “I not only look for potential suppliers for New York Life, but I also seek suppliers that I can refer to peers at other companies.”

Joy Wong will be moderator of The Council’s State of Asian-owned Business Forum coming up on May 29, 2015 at the offices of BNY Mellon.

To learn more about New York Life’s supplier diversity program and register as a supplier, visit:

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