Corporations and Minority Owned Businesses Gather for the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council’s 30th Annual Awards

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 IEKS Services Inc.
Minority Supplier of the Year - Class IIThe Harmon Group
Minority Supplier of the Year - Class IIIChemicoMays LLC
Minority Supplier of the Year - Class IVDakkota Integrated Systems
Corporation of the Year - Commercial ProductsHerman Miller
Corporation of the Year - ConstructionBarton Malow
Corporation of the Year - Consumer ProductsDTE Energy
Corporation of the Year - Education & Government EntitiesWayne State University
Corporation of the Year - Finance & Insurance ServicesBlue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Corporation of the Year - HealthcareHenry Ford Health System
Corporation of the Year - Information TechnologyIBM Corporation
Corporation of the Year - Professional ServicesKelly Services
Corporate Buyer of the Year - LocalHarold Cook u00d0 Faurecia
Corporate Buyer of the Year - NationalKristen Cebulski u00d0 Johnson Controls
Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year - LocalBrian Batkins u00d0 Barton Malow
Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year - NationalCarla Preston u00d0 Ford Motor Co.
Diamond AwardLeon Richardson u00d0 ChemicoMays LLC
President's AwardJackie Taylor, Dakkota Integrated Systems
President's AwardTeresa LeFevre u00d0 Comerica Bank
Corporation of the Year - Manufacturing IJohnson Controls
Corporation of the Year - Manufacturing IIFaurecia
Corporation of the Year - OEMFord 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

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