DETROIT (October 3, 2013) — The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) recently hosted their 30th Annual Awards celebration in honor of the corporations, minority owned businesses and individuals who lead in the category of supplier diversity. Over 600 business leaders gathered at Detroit’s Fox Theatre on October 1, 2013, to commemorate this achievement.
The event celebrated business partnerships between majority-owned corporations and minority business enterprises (MBEs). These relationships have translated into over $20 Billion in contracts awarded by corporations to MBEs during the previous calendar year.
The event was hosted by local news anchor Roop Raj (Fox 2 News), and featured an invocation by Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.
“Thirty years is a major milestone for our organization,” said Louis Green, MMSDC President and CEO. “It also reflects our State’s position as a leader in supporting diverse businesses. Michigan has been a pioneer in positively impacting minority communities through economic development, and this has positioned us well for future growth.”
Over the course of the evening, the MMSDC distributed awards across twenty categories. The awardees represent thousands of jobs created in Michigan and a broader general investment in minority communities across the state.
2013 MMSDC Annual Award Winners
|Minority Supplier of the Year - Class I||EKS Services Inc.|
|Minority Supplier of the Year - Class II||The Harmon Group|
|Minority Supplier of the Year - Class III||ChemicoMays LLC|
|Minority Supplier of the Year - Class IV||Dakkota Integrated Systems|
|Corporation of the Year - Commercial Products||Herman Miller|
|Corporation of the Year - Construction||Barton Malow|
|Corporation of the Year - Consumer Products||DTE Energy|
|Corporation of the Year - Education & Government Entities||Wayne State University|
|Corporation of the Year - Finance & Insurance Services||Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan|
|Corporation of the Year - Healthcare||Henry Ford Health System|
|Corporation of the Year - Information Technology||IBM Corporation|
|Corporation of the Year - Professional Services||Kelly Services|
|Corporate Buyer of the Year - Local||Harold Cook u00d0 Faurecia|
|Corporate Buyer of the Year - National||Kristen Cebulski u00d0 Johnson Controls|
|Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year - Local||Brian Batkins u00d0 Barton Malow|
|Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year - National||Carla Preston u00d0 Ford Motor Co.|
|Diamond Award||Leon Richardson u00d0 ChemicoMays LLC|
|President's Award||Jackie Taylor, Dakkota Integrated Systems|
|President's Award||Teresa LeFevre u00d0 Comerica Bank|
|Corporation of the Year - Manufacturing I||Johnson Controls|
|Corporation of the Year - Manufacturing II||Faurecia|
|Corporation of the Year - OEM||Ford Motor Co.|
The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization committed to driving economic growth within minority communities. The MMSDC advances this mission by facilitating over $20 billion annually in business contracts between corporations and certified minority business enterprises (MBEs). Founded in 1977, the MMSDC certifies minority businesses, provides MBEs with access to procurement opportunities, and develops capacity for minority business development. The Michigan Council has been recognized by the National Minority Supplier Development Council as Regional Council of the Year three times since 2007 for its work in promoting minority business development. For more information about the MMSDC, visit www.minoritysupplier.org.