Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council(MMSDC) Recognizes Minority Business and Corporate

Minority Business Month Supplier Diversity Awards for Contribution of Enhancing Michigan’s Economy
By: Minority Business Development Council/mms
Oct. 4, 2010 - PRLog -- The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC)will host over 700 minority business owners and the nation’s top corporate executives will be present to celebrate the stars that made $12 billion in contract opportunities possible for the members of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC).  This Awards Show and Strolling Dinner will take place at the Max Fisher Music Center in Detroit, Michigan.

This special night will highlight companies like SET Enterprise. In March 2010, SET established SET Duct Manufacturing and SET Construction, both located in a former Renaissance zone in the city of Detroit.  Together, these companies will create up to 50 new jobs within the City of Detroit.  The President of SET Enterprises, Sid Taylor, a Vietnam Veteran, is a finalist in two categories; including the Diamond Award for his leadership in helping other minority business grow and create more jobs here in Michigan.

This sold out event is a celebration of the extraordinary achievements of the stars of supplier diversity. Special Guest include:  City of Detroit Mayor, Dave Bing, and Tony Brown, MMSDC Chairman of the Board  and Group Vice President, Global Purchasing, Ford Motor Company.  

The mistress of ceremonies is Rhonda Walker, morning anchor on local NBC Affiliate (WDIV Detroit).

Minority Business Supplier of the Year:                              

Class I (sales less than $1million):
Pan American Languages & Services (dba Pals International); Sigma International, Inc.; Swift Computer Supply, Inc.                                                                                                                

Class II (sales between $1M and $50 M):  Intex Technologies, LLC; L. S. Brinker Company; Webrunners, Inc. (dba W3R Consulting)

Class III (sales over $50M):    Caravan/Knight Facilities Management LLC; Chemico
Mays; Epitec Group Inc.              
Class IV:   Ideal Contracting; Piston Automotive; SET Enterprises

Corporation of the Year - Commercial Products:  Haworth; Herman Miller; Steelcase
Corporation of the Year – Construction:   Barton Marlow; Walbridge                

Corporation of the Year - Consumer Products:     DTE Energy; Kellogg

Corporation of the Year - Finance & Insurance:   AAA Michigan; Blue Cross Blue Shield; Comerica Bank

Corporation of the Year – Professional Services:    CB Richard Ellis; Kelly Services

Corporate Buyer of the Year – National:    Jonathan Pratt - Johnson Controls, Inc.; Robin Hammer – Chrysler; Susan James - Ford Motor CompanyJethro Joseph

Advocate of the Year – Local:   Christopher Baskel - Spectrum Health; Donna Strickland - Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI; Mansfield Matthewson - Grand Rapids Community College

Diamond Award:    Jim Roberts - Jim Roberts Enterprises; Ram Kancharla – Computech;  Roderick Rickman - Rickman Enterprise Group

Corporation of the Year - Manufacturing I:   Johnson Controls; Lear Corporation; Takata

Corporation of the Year – OEM:   Chrysler; Ford; General Motors; Toyota

The 27th Annual Awards is presented by DTE Energy, Ford Motor Company, and Johnson Controls.  The evening includes a strolling dinner followed by the awards presentation. For more information call (313) 873-3200 or visit the website: www.minoritysupplier.org.

Founded in 1977, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMBSC) has more than 1,300 certified minority businesses and over 300 corporate members working to further its mission to certify minority businesses; provide access to procurement opportunities; and develop capacity for minority business development.

The MMBDC was recognized by the National Minority Supplier Development Council as “Council of the Year” for its work with major corporations to promote minority business development and growth. MMSDC is a non-profit, 501c 3 organization. For more information visit the MMSDC’s website at (www.minoritysupplier.org)

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