Gregory Calhoun Introduces New Procurement Opportunities for Minority and Woman-Owned Firms
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Nov. 23, 2011
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Nov. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Diversity Business Exchange will hold a press conference on November 30, 2011, at 2:30 p.m., U.S. Capitol Hill Building, West Front, Capitol St. N.E. and 1st St. N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002.
Gregory Calhoun has accepted the prestigious challenge to lead the way in developing economic opportunity for the minority and woman-owned business community. He will serve as Chairman of the Board of Diversity Business Exchange, an organization that connects qualified MWBEs with private sector colleges and universities that have the need to procure the goods and services that they provide. Calhoun has partnered with the Coalition for Educational Success, a group that serves more than 350,000 students on 478 campuses in 41 states and other interested parties, to ensure that this initiative has the support that it needs to create a measurable economic impact. The career college sector currently purchases an estimated $6 billion in goods and services annually and is a strong economic force. "We see this as not just an opportunity, but an obligation to bring access to procurement to develop and support minority and woman-owned Enterprises, backed with the mission to create more 'JOBS' in America," said Calhoun.
Calhoun has helped many major corporations with the development of supplier diversity and enterprise partnership agreements, including Coca-Cola, NASCAR, and SuperValu. Calhoun was called upon to create an opportunity to create an economic diversity agenda that gives major procurement opportunities to minority and woman-owned businesses.
The Diversity Business Exchange was founded on the principles that business and education must invest in creative partnerships to prepare the minority and woman-owned business community for the challenges of the future. In order to successfully respond to the needs of minority and woman-owned businesses, both education and business must work cooperatively to support their business needs of economic growth. Diversity Business Exchange will create an environment that allows businesses and educational institutions to coexist in a positive relationship whereby both education and business benefit from investing in the future of minority economic development. Once fully realized, this unique exchange is projected to create $1 billion dollars over the next five years. Diversity Business Exchange will use a national approach and buying power to facilitate participation of qualified minority and woman-owned businesses. This will be an inclusive business model that will create real "JOBS," real "ACCESS," and real "OPPORTUNITY."
"We are excited to bring an announcement of this magnitude to the minority and woman-owned business community," said Calhoun.
Invited Guests' details are listed at http://www.diversitybizexchange.org
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SOURCE Diversity Business Exchange