2019 ACE Awards: MMSDC Celebrates Ambassadors Championing Excellence at 36th Annual Awards Program

October 4, 2019, Novi, MI— Michigan’s top corporations and MBEs gathered at the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council’s 2019 ACE (Ambassadors Championing Excellence) Awards at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan to honor those who champion excellence in minority supplier development and business.

 

Jim Roberts

Volunteer of the Year

Jim Roberts Enterprises, LLC

Sowell Partners, PLLC

Supplier of the Year - Class I

AMBE Engineering, LLC

Supplier of the Year - Class II

V2Soft, Inc.

Supplier of the Year - Class III

Acro Service Corporation

Supplier of the Year - Class IV

Andra Rush

MBE Luminary Award

Rush Group

Chris Dawson

Buyer of the Year

Dana Incorporated

Sherry Diccion

Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year

Adient

Tracy Joshua

Executive of the Year (Tie)

Kellogg Company

Tony Tomczak

Executive of the Year (Tie)

DTE Energy

Ford Motor Company

Corporation of the Year: Automotive OEM

Barton Malow

Corporation of the Year: Construction

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Corporation of the Year: Financial & Insurance Services

DTE Energy

Corporation of the Year: Petrochemical, Energy, and Utilities

Kelly Services

Corporation of the Year: Professional Services & Staffing

Burt Jordan

Minority Business Hall of Fame

Ford Motor Company

Dan Knott

Minority Business Hall of Fame

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Posthumously)

Scott Kunselman

Minority Business Hall of Fame

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Retired)

Tony Tomczak

President's Award

DTE Energy

 

The 2019 ACE Award Winners:

Volunteer of the Year:  This award recognizes a leader who is the ultimate giver of their time and talent in an effort to support minority supplier development and the work of MMSDC.

Volunteer of the Year Award Winner: Jim Roberts – Jim Roberts Enterprises LLC

 

Supplier of the Year: Presented annually to Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) who have excelled in growing their businesses, enhanced their operations, and actively participated in MBE-to-MBE purchasing. There are four awards given, with one going to each of the four revenue categories of MBEs:

  • Class I – Annual gross sales less than $1 million
  • Class II – Annual gross sales between $1 million and $10 million
  • Class III – Annual gross sales between $10 million and $50 million
  • Class IV – Annual gross sales greater than $50 million

 

Minority Supplier of the Year – Class I Winner: Sowell Law Partners, PLLC

Minority Supplier of the Year – Class II Winner: AMBE Engineering, LLC

Minority Supplier of the Year – Class III Winner: V2Soft, Inc.

Minority Supplier of the Year – Class IV Winner: Acro Service Corporation

 

MBE Luminary of the Year Award: A minority business owner who exemplifies the spirit of minority business entrepreneurs conducting business with other minority business entrepreneurs; providing mentoring, apprenticeships or internships while being actively involved in community and other special programs.

MBE Luminary Award Winner: Andra Rush – Rush Group

 

Corporate Buyer of the Year Award: One who directly makes purchases and through his/her efforts advances the cause of minority economic development. This award acknowledges the buyer who goes above and beyond normal purchasing requirements by significantly aiding MBEs, increasing his/her dollar purchases over the previous year, offers referrals to other companies, and attempts to identify new market opportunities.

Corporate Buyer of the Year Award Winner: Chris Dawson – Dana Incorporated

 

Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year Award: An individual who is not a buyer but drives the process that promotes economic development of Minority Business Enterprises, such as a VP, director, or manager. This award acknowledges the individual that goes above and beyond in their efforts to not only source and mentor MBEs but also help their company and community understand why it’s so important to do business with minority suppliers.

 Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year Award Winner: Sherry Diccion – Adient

 

Executive of the Year Award:  This award recognizes a senior corporate leader who empowers his or her team to drive minority supplier development, while personally remaining actively engaged.

Executive of the Year Award Winner: (Tie) Tony Tomczak – DTE Energy & Tracy Joshua – Kellogg Company

 

Corporation of the Year Award: Presented to the corporation(s) who actively include certified minority suppliers in their procurement opportunities, assist in the development of minority suppliers, promotes supplier diversity and business development within their corporation, their vendors, other businesses, and organizations.

Corporation of the Year Automotive OEM Winner: Ford Motor Company

Corporation of the Year Construction Winner: Barton Malow Company

Corporation of the Year Financial & Insurance Services Winner: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Corporation of the Year Petrochemical, Energy, & Utilities Winner: DTE Energy

Corporation of the Year Professional Services & Staffing Winner: Kelly Services

 

The Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame recognizes those who have made a positive transformational impact on Michigan’s minority businesses, including devoted government and community leaders as well as iconic MBEs and corporate leaders.

Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame Inductee: Tony Brown – Ford Motor Company (Retired)

Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame Inductee: Burt Jordan – Ford Motor Company

Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame Inductee: Dan Knott – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Posthumously)

Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame Inductee: Scott Kunselman – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Retired)

 

President’s Award: The President’s Award is the highest individual honor bestowed by the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council on an individual whose service to the organization has been exemplary.

President’s Award: Tony Tomczak – DTE Energy

 

 “We recognized corporations, minority businesses, and individuals who excelled in engaging, mentoring and advocating for minority suppliers this past year,” said Michelle Sourie Robinson, President & CEO of MMSDC. “Our Ambassadors and this year’s winners are true champions of excellence in minority supplier development.”

 

Boasting an attendance of over 700, the ACE Awards is one of the most prestigious business events that take place annually in our state where the top leaders, executives, and visionaries in the region gather to celebrate the people who are making significant contributions to minority supplier development. At this event, minority business enterprises (MBEs) are honored for their excellent service in the past year as well as corporate members for their commitment to supplier diversity and supporting minority-owned businesses through purchasing contracts.

 

Note:  In those instances where there is a tie, there is no coin toss.  All individuals or businesses scoring the same in a category will be awarded.

 

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WIN – Region Turnover Study

In February 2019, six Michigan Works! Agencies (MWAs) contracted with the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN) to examine employee turnover in the region. This work aims to provide the MWAs with a comprehensive understanding of the root causes of employee turnover and the potential gaps that exist in the development of career pathways for those with barriers to employment. Information gathered from a region-wide employer survey, convenings of local employers, and nationwide best practice research is included in this report.

The results of the employer survey represent a unique data source for our region, as this information is not currently tracked or reported by federal, state, or local entities. The information about the challenges and opportunities within our region is intended to assist MWAs in better serving employers and workers. In particular, this will help to inform the resources aimed at reducing employee turnover.

VIEW WIN – Region Turnover Study

MMSDC 2019 Summer Hours Announcement

Dear Valued Members, MBEs, and Partners,

Effective May 31, 2019, through August 30, 2019, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) and the Michigan Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) will be observing special summer business hours.
We will maintain regular business hours of 8:30 AM through 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday and operate from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Fridays.

As always, we are committed to providing exceptional service to our constituency and will provide phone coverage until 5:00 PM each Friday.

Sincerely,

Michelle Sourie Robinson
President & CEO
MMSDC

 

MiSpringboard: Helping Michigan Entrepreneurs Put Their Bright Ideas to Work

MiSpringboard is Varnum’s statewide initiative designed to remove some of the barriers associated with starting a business by providing free legal services to Michigan startups.

Varnum launched the MiSpringboard program in 2011 as a way of helping Michigan’s then-struggling economy with a commitment of $1 million in free legal services, MiSpringboard was our way of helping the economy by doing what we do best – providing high-quality legal counsel to qualified businesses and individuals.

Due to the overwhelming success of this program, in 2016 Varnum renewed its commitment to Michigan startups by dedicating a second $1 million in free legal services through the MiSpringboard program.

 

Steps to Free Legal Services

Ideal participants should be located in Michigan, have a written business plan, demonstrate a need for Varnum’s legal support and have the potential to drive Michigan job growth.

MiSpringboard Services You May Need
  • Corporation and limited liability entity formations
  • Equity investments and securities offerings
  • Capital structure planning
  • Trademark registration and acquisition of domain names
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Licensing
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Nondisclosure agreements
  • Employment agreements, compensation planning, and non-competes
  • Compliance with employment laws
  • Employee benefits
  • Research collaboration agreements
  • Distribution agreements
  • State and federal tax planning and compliance
  • Immigration
  • Privacy and security issues
  • Introductions to accountants, lenders and other resources

 

Qualified participants meet with a Varnum attorney to assess their business needs and are assigned a single point of contact at Varnum, even if their legal needs require attorneys from more than one practice area. Participants will receive approximately $2,500 in free legal services, although it may vary based on the need of the individual business.

For more information, please contact Joan Andrew at 616-336-6730 or [email protected]

2019 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Program – Apply Now through March 8th

Seeking the unstoppable entrepreneurs transforming our world.

There are a lot of successful people in the world. But to build something truly remarkable, you can’t let anything stand in your way. And only a few leaders are part of this special group: the ones who never give up. Driven by their desire to better the world around them, they stop at nothing to achieve their greatest ambitions. They cut through the noise of this transformative age by breaking away from the pack — and then end up leading it. If you are an unstoppable entrepreneur or have been inspired by an innovative leader in the Michigan and Northwest Ohio region, we invite you to apply/submit a nomination to the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 program, now in its 33rd year.

Deadline to apply is March 8, 2019.

 

Learn More – Read the full program package 

Apply Now – Submit a nomination

 

MMSDC Offices Will Be Closed December 24th – January 1st

Happy Holidays & Seasons Greetings from the MMSDC Staff!

All of us here at the MMSDC would like to wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday season!

MMSDC Offices will be closed Monday, December 24th through Tuesday, January 1st for the holiday season. We will reopen the office on Wednesday, January 2nd.

We look forward to an exciting and successful 2019!

 

VIEW OUR 2018 YEAR IN REVIEW 

2018 ACE Awards: MMSDC Celebrates Ambassadors Championing Excellence at Annual Awards Program

Motor City International

Supplier of the Year - Class I

Human Capital Staffing

Supplier of the Year - Class II

SEEL, LLC

Supplier of the Year - Class III

Flex-N-Gate

Supplier of the Year - Class IV

Anthony Batalucco

Buyer of the Year

Adient

Kavy Lenon

Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year (Tie)

Herman Miller, Inc.

Brenda Marshall

Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year (Tie)

Kelly Services

Burt Jordan

President's Award

Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company

Corporation of the Year: Automotive OEM

HermanMiller

Corporation of the Year: Consumer Products

DTE Energy

Corporation of the Year: Petrochemical, Energy, and Utilities

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Corporation of the Year: Financial & Insurance Services

Lear Corporation

Corporation of the Year: Manufacturing/Automotive

Barton Malow

Corporation of the Year: Construction

Kelly Services

Corporation of the Year: Professional Services & Staffing

Christie Wong Barrett

Volunteer of the Year

Mac Arthur Corporation

Burt Jordan

Executive of the Year

Ford Motor Company

Joseph B. Anderson

Minority Business Hall of Fame

TAG Holdings

Jethro Joseph

Minority Business Hall of Fame

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Retired)

Carmen Muñoz

Minority Business Hall of Fame

Munoz Machine Products

 

October 9, 2018, Novi, MI— Michigan’s top corporations and MBEs gathered at the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council’s 2018 ACE (Ambassadors Championing Excellence) Awards at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan to honor those who champion excellence in business.

 

2018 ACE Award Winners were:

Supplier of the Year: Presented annually to Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) who have excelled in growing their businesses, enhanced their operations, and actively participated in MBE-to-MBE purchasing. There are four awards given, with one going to each of the four revenue categories of MBEs:

  • Class I – Annual gross sales less than $1 million
  • Class II – Annual gross sales between $1 million and $10 million
  • Class III – Annual gross sales between $10 million and $50 million
  • Class IV – Annual gross sales greater than $50 million

 

Minority Supplier of the Year – Class I Winner: Motor City International

Minority Supplier of the Year – Class II Winner: Human Capital Staffing

Minority Supplier of the Year – Class III Winner: SEEL, LLC

Minority Supplier of the Year – Class IV Winner: Flex-N-Gate

 

Corporate Buyer of the Year Award: One who directly makes purchases and through his/her efforts advances the cause of minority economic development. This award acknowledges the buyer who goes above and beyond normal purchasing requirements by significantly aiding MBEs, increasing his/her dollar purchases over the previous year, offers referrals to other companies, and attempts to identify new market opportunities.

Corporate Buyer of the Year Award Winner: Anthony Batalucco – Adient

 

Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year Award: An individual who is not a buyer but drives the process that promotes economic development of Minority Business Enterprises, such as a VP, director, or manager. This award acknowledges the individual that goes above and beyond in their efforts to not only source and mentor MBEs but also help their company and community understand why it’s so important to do business with minority suppliers.

 Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year Award Winner: (TIE) Kavy Lenon – Herman Miller, Inc. & Brenda Marshall – Kelly Services

 

President’s Award: The President’s Award is the highest individual honor bestowed by the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council on an individual whose service to the organization has been exemplary.

President’s Award: Burt Jordan, Ford Motor Company

 

Corporation of the Year Award: Presented to the corporation(s) who actively include certified minority suppliers in their procurement opportunities, assist in the development of minority suppliers, promotes supplier diversity and business development within their corporation, their vendors, other businesses, and organizations.

Corporation of the Year Automotive OEM Winner: Ford Motor Company

Corporation of the Year Consumer Products Winner: Herman Miller, Inc.

Corporation of the Year Construction Winner: Barton Malow

Corporation of the Year Consumer Products Petrochemical, and Energy Winner: DTE Energy

Corporation of the Year Financial & Insurance Services Winner: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Corporation of the Year Manufacturing/Automotive Winner: Lear Corporation

Corporation of the Year Professional Services & Staffing Winner: Kelly Services, Inc.

 

Volunteer of the Year:  This award recognizes a leader who is the ultimate giver of their time and talent in an effort to support minority supplier development and the work of MMSDC.

Volunteer of the Year Award Winner: Christie Wong Barrett – Mac Arthur Corporation

 

Executive of the Year Award:  This award recognizes a senior corporate leader who empowers his or her team to drive minority supplier development, while personally remaining actively engaged.

Executive of the Year Award Winner: Burt Jordan – Ford Motor Company

 

The Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame recognizes those who have made a positive transformational impact on Michigan’s minority businesses, including devoted government and community leaders as well as iconic MBEs and corporate leaders.

Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame Inductee: Joeseph B. Anderson – TAG Holdings

Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame Inductee: Jethro Joseph – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Retired)

Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame Inductee: Carmen Munoz – Munoz Machine Products

 

 “We recognized corporations, minority businesses, and individuals who excelled in engaging, mentoring and advocating for minority suppliers this past year,” said Michelle Sourie Robinson, President & CEO of MMSDC. “Our Ambassadors and this year’s winners are true champions of excellence in minority supplier development.”

 

Boasting an attendance of over 700, the ACE Awards is one of the most prestigious business events that take place annually in our state where the top leaders, executives, and visionaries in the region gather to celebrate the people who are making significant contributions to minority supplier development. At this event, minority business enterprises (MBEs) are honored for their excellent service in the past year as well as corporate members for their commitment to supplier diversity and supporting minority-owned businesses through purchasing contracts.

 

Note:  In those instances where there is a tie, there is no coin toss.  All individuals or businesses scoring the same in a category will be awarded.

Dream Big Small Business of the Year Awards – Apply by July 20th!

 

It’s Time to DREAM BIG!

Big dreams deserve big rewards, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with MetLife to recognize the very best in American small business.  Every year at the Small Business Summit, the Dream Big Small Business of the Year Awards Program honors the achievements of small businesses and highlights their contributions to America’s economic growth.

The Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award will be awarded to one small business that exemplifies success and leadership.  The winner will receive a $25,000 cash prize.

In addition to the Dream Big award, Business Achievement Awards will be given in six categories to honor small businesses that demonstrate the spirit of free enterprise:

  • Emerging Business Achievement Award
  • Green/Sustainable Business Achievement Award
  • Minority-Owned Business Achievement Award
  • Veteran-Owned Business Achievement Award
  • Woman-Owned Business Achievement Award
  • Young Entrepreneur Achievement Award

 

Applications are due July 20.

Visit www.uschamber.com/dreambig for more information.

Questions? Contact [email protected].

MMSDC 2018 Summer Hours

TO OUR VALUED MEMBERS, MBEs, & PARTNERS:

Effective June 1st, 2018 to September 7th, 2018, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) and the Michigan Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) will be observing special summer business hours.

Summer Business Hours will be as follows:

Monday:

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday:

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday:

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday:

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday:

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

As always, we are committed to providing exceptional service to our constituency. If you have any questions regarding this change, please contact our office at (313) 873-2000.