The Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (OMSDC) certifies, connects and develops companies run by diverse leaders to provide them access to brands of all sizes. The well-attended OMSDC business event, sponsored by CareSource and held at the Montgomery County Business Solutions Center on July 26, promoted business deals between corporate buyers and a diverse supply chain.
Keynote Speaker was Derrick Johnson, CareSource’s Strategic Sourcing Specialist, spoke about the Company’s commitment to working with diverse suppliers and gave tips on how to work with CareSource. The session also brought insights from City of Dayton Mayor, Nan Whaley, and Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley, both, who showed their support of the economic development the MSDC promotes.
Amelia Rodriguez, Vocalink CEO and the Dayton Chapter’s Leader, led the OSMDC business event along with Steven Miller, Director of Corporate relations from the Columbus-based MSDC. Amelia concluded the meeting, stating the importance and benefits of becoming a Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE).
Dayton Business Journal Coverage of OMSDC business event: New event to link up minority-owned suppliers with big Dayton companies
The OMSDC business event also drew local media attention. Below is an excerpt from an article published on July 12, 2017 in the Dayton Business Journal:
“Some major companies are really interested in doing business with minority-owned businesses,” Rodriguez said. “A lot of companies and entities have supplier diversity metrics. But those companies can have a hard time finding suppliers sometimes.”
Vocalink, a minority-owned language service provider with more than 300 employees, works with several major names in the area with minority supplier spending metrics, such as Taylor Corp., CareSource and Procter & Gamble. Others in the area, such as Premier Health, have built significant minority supplier spending metrics into their contracts.
Companies the Ohio council works with range from startups to billion-dollar companies, but most commonly its suppliers are growing companies in the $20 million to $50 million in revenue range looking to gain big clients to help them grow, said Jacqueline Neal, president and CEO of the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council.
“We’ve always had a presence in Dayton and we definitely want to elevate it,” Neal said. “We need to be more strategic and thoughtful about it.”
Vocalink was honored to have hosted the OMSDC business event. Contact Us for more information about OMSDC or Vocalink – we would love to get connected.