New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council Offers Online Business Classes Through Council Virtual Academy (CVA)

    NEW YORK, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ Top entrepreneurs, executives and educators are teaching small business and supplier diversity courses through the New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council (The Council) web-based Council Virtual Academy (CVA).

    “Continuous business education and training for professionals is a necessity. Between the economy and the growing new technologies, it’s important for both business owners and corporate executives to expand their knowledge and skills through continuing education,” explained Lynda Ireland, president & CEO, The Council. “Through CVA, the public can have access to a wide range of classes and training programs that are beneficial in building careers.”
    Council Virtual Academy uses cutting edge technology-based delivery systems. For small business owners, classes range from Request for Proposal (RFP) Super Webinar and RFP Online Training Course to Navigating the Corporate Procurement Process and Business Transformation training programs.

    CVA webinar classes start at $29.00 and training programs begin at $275.00. ?Instructors include attorney I. Javette Hines, senior vice president, manager of supplier diversity at Citi, with Maintaining Supplier Diversity As A Strategic Business Imperative; new media expert/author Stephen Jackson, general manager, RDZ Media on Successful Uses of Social Media to Land Your Next Sale. G. Kelly Watts, program manager, supplier diversity at IBM and minority business Collabera were instrumental in the RFP Super Webinar. ?Upcoming courses include: The Art of Networking for Supplier Development, Strategic Alliance and Progressive Partnering, Relationship Building and Workforce Development.

    CVA is produced by minority businesses owners Jonah Cooper, president, Worldwide Virtual Academy Inc. and Nish Parikh, president, WebTeam Corporation. Council Virtual Academy is sponsored by corporate member Ernst &Young.

    The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, an award-winning affiliate of National Minority Supplier Development Council, certifies African American, Asian-American, Hispanic-American and Native-American-owned businesses to be eligible to compete for major corporate contracts. The Council has over 200 corporate members, including Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies and educational institutions. There are approximately 1,300 New York and New Jersey minority-owned businesses with annual revenues from $100,000 to $3 billion certified by The Council. For information, contact The Council at 212-502-5663 or



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