The Best of Small Business Awards

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Best of Small Business Awards

The Best of Small Business Awards ™ is America’s most prestigious honor that recognizes and celebrates the BEST Small to Mid-Sized Business Visionaries. With over twenty-five notable “Best of Small Business” categories to choose from, The Best of Small Business Awards ™ is the largest Annual Business Recognition Program in the US.

The Best of Small Business Awards ™ is presented by Small Business Expo (celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary with nearly 100 Successful Business Shows Produced), the Nation’s BIGGEST and most attended Business-to-Business Networking Event, Trade Show & Conference, hosted in 15 major US cities.  Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs attend our nation-wide events to attend cutting-edge business-critical workshops, shop for vendors that can help their business grow & network with thousands of attendees.
See below for the benefits of winning an award and to find out more information about the small business expos.
Benefits of Winning an Award Category:

  • National Recognition as one of the TOP Small Businesses in the US.
  • This Award is a great differentiator for your Product or Service
  • Instant credibility for new and existing clients
  • Give your sales a boost and show your new & old customers your company’s achievements
  • Great positive exposure for your business
  • Leverage your award recognition to gain more media exposure for your company

For more information and/or to make a nomination, visit: thesmallbusinessexpo.com/small-business-award

Talent Dimensions Expands Strategic Retention Solutions with Acquisition of D&I Firm PRISM International, Inc.

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Talent Dimensions is pleased to announce the acquisition of the diversity and inclusion firm PRISM International, Inc. Headquartered in Sanford, FL, PRISM is a global provider of systemic diversity and inclusion (D&I) performance solutions focusing on optimizing the opportunities and complexities of the workforce, workplace and marketplace.

“We know the retention of talent is complex and requires a dynamic set of strategies to engage individual contributors who are critical to the success of any organization,” said Cile Johnson, Chief Business Officer for Talent Dimensions. “By expanding our portfolio of offerings to include diversity and inclusion, Talent Dimensions is poised to help organizations propel to new levels of performance through all their people.”

PRISM, founded by D&I thought leader Linda Stokes, offers training and consulting in the areas of Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion; Addressing Unconscious Bias; Managing Talent; Increasing Cultural Competencies; Preventing Harassing and Discriminatory Behaviors; and Creating More Effective Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Diversity Councils. PRISM is also the parent organization of the Association of ERGs & Councils and the innovator of the annual ERG & Council Conference and Honors Award.

In support of the transition, co-author of Leading in Black and White and Dear White Boss Ancella Livers has joined the team as President of PRISM. Previously, Livers managed the African American and Women’s Leadership Programs at the Center for Creative Leadership® Also during her tenure at CCL, she led their largest global business unit and later consulted and developed tailored solutions for their Fortune 500 client base. In addition, Livers led the Institute for Leadership Development and Research at the Executive Leadership Council.

“We see this partnership as an opportunity to align Talent Dimension’s engagement, retention and career development efforts with PRISM’s work for the powerful outcome of strategic retention and ultimate workforce, workplace and marketplace satisfaction,” shared Lynn Cowart, Chief Operating Officer for Talent Dimensions. “There is already great synergy between our organizations and we look forward to bringing expanded offerings to all our clients.”

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About Talent Dimensions Talent Dimensions is a global provider of innovative, practical and application-rich solutions in the areas of employee engagement, career development, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and the identification and development of key roles inside organizations for the strategic retention of its most critical talent. www.talent-dimensions.com and www.prismdiversity.com

National Minority Supplier Development Council Honors Leaders in Supply Chain Diversity

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The 2018 National Minority Supplier Development Council Leadership Awards recently recognized the dynamic corporate executives, minority business owners and NMSDC affiliate council presidents for outstanding leadership that has a positive impact on their companies and resonates throughout the NMSDC network. Chuck Nice, television host and comedian, was Master of Ceremonies. The NMSDC advances business opportunities for certified MBEs and connects them to corporate members. To meet the growing need for supplier diversity, NMSDC matches its more than 12,000 certified minority-owned businesses to our network of more than 1,750 corporate members who wish to purchase their products, services and solutions. NMSDC, a unique and specialized player in the field of minority business enterprise, is proud of its unwavering commitment to advance Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American suppliers in a globalized corporate supply chain.

Said President Louis Green of NMSDC, “NMSDC and its 23 affiliate councils around the nation look to vigorous, visionary leaders within our membership and our network. The Leadership Awards identify and recognize those who have set the bar high for our collaborative efforts on behalf of MBEs and corporate partners. We are most grateful to our honorees, who by their example show the way forward, as we advocate for robust minority business enterprises and for greater diversity and richer inclusiveness in corporations — not only in their supply chains, but in their board rooms and executive offices as well.”

This year, the Supplier Diversity Professional of the Year Award winner is Mr. Alex Alvarez, Jr., of Apple Inc., where he is Global Supply Manager, Apple Global Supplier Diversity in Corporate Procurement. The award honors a national corporate member with at least 2 years of experience in a corporate supplier diversity role. The seasoned recipient demonstrates exceptional action, engagement and leadership in supplier diversity and in support of NMSDC’s mission. Mr. Alvarez is a recognized thought leader and expert in Supply Chain in areas such as procurement and supplier diversity. He co-led Apple to Best in Class, Billion Dollar Roundtable, and several top awards, including NMSDC Corporation of the Year for Innovation.

The MBE of the Year Award was presented to Leon C. Richardson, Founder, President & CEO of The Chemico Group, one of the largest minority-owned chemical management and distribution companies in the United States. The award goes to the owner of a NMSDC-certified MBE who has been actively engaged within the NMSDC network for a minimum of 2 years. The recipient is a change agent, who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in guiding their company to success and has shared their knowledge and wisdom with peers as a mentor.

The CPO of the Year Award was presented to Mr. Arnold Sowa, Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer, MetLife, Inc. The award goes to an outstanding leader whose vision, passion and integrity have proven impactful within the CPO’s corporation as well as the larger supplier diversity community. Mr. Sowa is responsible for overseeing MetLife’s global procurement, travel, third-party risk management, and supply chain social responsibility programs.

In addition to the above awards, the Vanguard Award was presented to an NMSDC affiliate council president who has exhibited leadership in driving the value proposition for minority supplier development among corporate and MBE constituents throughout the NMSDC network. This year’s recipient is Michelle Sourie Robinson, President and CEO of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC), one of NMSDC’s most influential affiliate councils.

The Corporate Co-Chair for the evening was Toyota, and MBE Co-Chair is Rose International.

About NMSDC

The NMSDC advances business opportunities for certified minority business enterprises and connects them to corporate members. One of the country’s leading corporate membership organizations, NMSDC was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes. The NMSDC Network includes a National Office in New York and 23 affiliate regional councils across the country. The network also includes five international partner organizations located in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, China and South Africa.

To meet the growing need for supplier diversity, NMSDC matches its more than 12,000 certified minority-owned businesses to our network of more than 1,750 corporate members who wish to purchase their products, services and solutions. NMSDC, a unique and specialized player in the field of minority business enterprise, is proud of its unwavering commitment to advance Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American suppliers in a globalized corporate supply chain. For more information, visit www.NMSDC.org.

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Top Corporations seek to Recruit Disability Talent through innovative Virtual Career Event

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Through the Virtual Career Event organized by the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN), participating companies are seeking talent with disabilities who have a minimum of two years of work experience in STEM, finance or business. Participating companies include: 3M, Amazon, Bank of America, Boston Scientific, Comcast NBC Universal, DuPont, Facebook, General Motors, Grainger, MasterCard, McKesson, Pacific Gas & Electric, and TD Bank.

“Companies are realizing the untapped potential of talent with disabilities,” said Jill Houghton, President and CEO of USBLN. “Our goal is to close the unemployment rate of people with disabilities, and we can’t get there with business as usual. Innovative approaches like a virtual career event is what’s needed to reach the next generation of talent.”

Participating companies are specifically seeking talent with disabilities for the following open positions:

  • Accountant, Payroll and Employee Benefits
  • Business Systems Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Quality Engineering
  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Senior Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Test Engineer
  • Plus, many other positions in the STEM, finance and business fields.

Apply to Participate by April 5th, 2018:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018VirtualCareerEvent

Candidates who have at least two years of experience, and a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree, will be considered for participation in the Virtual Career Event. Early career and experienced candidates with disabilities are also encouraged to participate.

The Virtual Career Event will take place on Friday, April 20th 2018 at 12 noon to 2:00pm Eastern Time. Updates can be found on the USBLN website or by hashtag search #RecruitDisabilityTalent.

The Virtual Career Event is organized with help from Bender Consulting Services and CareerEco. All that is required is reliable high-speed internet connection. Candidates will first apply to participate in the Virtual Career Event. Selected candidates will receive notice and will then formally register in the Virtual Career Event. From there, participating companies will invite candidates to virtual “informational meetings” to discuss the open position(s) and answer questions.

For more information, please visit the website: http://usbln.org/recruitdisabilitytalent/ or email: RecruitDisabilityTalent@usbln.org.

About the US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®)

USBLN (US Business Leadership Network) unites business around disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain and marketplace. USBLN has more than 130 corporate partners spanning the technology, healthcare, financial, transportation, entertainment, and retail industries. USBLN serves as a collective voice of nearly 50 Business Leadership Network Affiliates across the United States, representing over 5,000 businesses. USBLN has various nationally recognized tools and programs, such as the Disability Equality Index and the leading disability-owned business enterprise (DOBE) certification program, to bridge inclusive companies with people and organizations within the disability community.

Don’t Forget to Register for CSUN!

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The 33rd CSUN Assistive Technology Conference is set to be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, CA from March 19-23, 2018.

Late Registration starts Wednesday, February 14, 2018. If you have not registered already, register in the next week before the registration fee increases to $555.

Additionally, do not forget that there will be no onsite registration for the conference. Make sure to register no later than Thursday, March 15, 2018 if you wish to attend the keynote, general sessions, and visit the showcase suites. The free Exhibit Hall only registration will remain open through the end of the conference.

Finally, please note that the room block at the Manchester Grand Hyatt is full and several nights during the conference the hotel is at capacity. Due to the hotel reaching capacity we cannot increase our room block at the Hyatt. We advise you to explore the many lodging options in the immediate area surrounding the Hyatt.

For more information and to register for this event please visit: csun2018.edu

Vote for AbleThrive in the Spaulding Innovation Challenge!

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AbleThrive has the opportunity to work with a top spinal cord injury hospital AND win $150,000 of support to take our work to the next level, but we can’t do it without you. We need your vote! 

Click here to vote!

We’re in 9th place and top 6 will advance. Every vote counts and it only takes a few seconds. Please click here and vote for us. Voting ends Tuesday 1/30 at 7pm Eastern time. 

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Vote for AbleThrive to win $150,000 worth of support to build a digital resource for people with new spinal cord injuries and their families. It only takes a few seconds to click through with your Facebook account. Click here to vote: spauldingchallenge.com

Small Business Expo Announces the 2018 Business Tour!

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Small Business Expo Releases its 2018 Nationwide Small Business Tour Nearly 100,000 Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs Expected To Register

Small Business Expo, the most anticipated business-to-business trade show, conference and networking event has released its 2018 multi-city small business tour schedule.

Small Business Expo will kick off its nationwide tour by celebrating their 10th-Year Anniversary of providing business resources to local owners and professionals. For the last decade, Small Business Expo has provided invaluable resources for

small-to-large business owners, start-ups and entrepreneurs to move their business forward. In 2017, the #1 Must Attend trade show welcomed nearly 75,000 small business owners through its door.

For 2018, the one-day event will host their trade

show in 15 cities. Small Business Expo has included two new areas on the show floor including: THINK TANK® and Office Space Pavilion designed for registrants to utilize and brainstorm their Next Million Dollar Idea.

“I am excited to share our 2018 show line-up, especially our new impactful show areas to help our small business registrants on their journey to becoming a huge success”.

-Zachary Lezberg, CEO & Founder

For the second year in a row, Small Business Expo is collaborating with the multi-Emmy® Award- winning reality show Shark Tank® during Dallas Small Business Expo. Casting directors will host a casting-call for startups and entrepreneurs to pitch their unique business idea in order to be considered as a participant for the ABC® televised show.

Furthermore, SBE is proud to announce the return of Powerteam International as a Titanium Sponsor; Google as a Platinum Sponsor for Dallas and Miami; HSBC as a Platinum Sponsor for Miami, Washington D.C., New York City and San Francisco; Bank of America as a Silver

Sponsor for Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Chicago and Houston plus many more are expected to join over the course of the year.

Business professionals across the nation are encouraged to experience Small Business Expo in one or more cities to gain knowledge from business-minded professionals while enhancing their clientele. See below 2018 schedule.

DALLAS January 24 Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
MIAMI February 14 James L. Knight Center
PHILADELPHIA April 12 Pennsylvania Convention Center
WASHINGTON D.C. April 20 Walter E. Washington Convention Center
NEW YORK CITY May 3 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
BOSTON May 17 Hynes Convention Center
CHICAGO May 24 UIC Forum
DENVER June 7 Colorado Convention Center
SAN FRANCISCO August 9 San Mateo County Event Center
LOS ANGELES October 18 California Market Center
SAN DIEGO October 25 San Diego Convention Center
PHOENIX October 31 Phoenix Convention Center
ATLANTA November 15 Cobb Galleria Centre
AUSTIN December 6 Palmer Events Center
HOUSTON December 13 Hyatt Regency Houston

Click here for more information

About Small Business Expo

Small Business Expo® is the nation’s largest small business networking and learning event in the country. From 2015-2017 it was ranked as an Inc. 5000 company as the fastest-growing privately held business. Every year, over 100,000 small business professionals and entrepreneurs across the country attend Small Business Expo to take their business to the next level. The show’s owner, Film, Stage & ShowBiz Expo LLC. was founded in 2008 by Zachary Lezberg. For more information, visit thesmallbusinessexpo.com.

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Small Business Expo Releases its 2018 Nationwide Small Business Tour

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Nearly 100,000 Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs Expected To Register

Small Business Expo, the most anticipated business-to-business trade show, conference and networking event has released its 2018 multi-city small business tour schedule.

Small Business Expo will kick off its nationwide tour by celebrating their 10th-Year Anniversary of providing business resources to local owners and professionals. For the last decade, Small Business Expo has provided invaluable resources for

small-to-large business owners, start-ups and entrepreneurs to move their business forward. In 2017, the #1 Must Attend trade show welcomed nearly 75,000 small business owners through its door.

For 2018, the one-day event will host their trade

show in 15 cities. Small Business Expo has included two new areas on the show floor including: THINK TANK® and Office Space Pavilion designed for registrants to utilize and brainstorm their Next Million Dollar Idea.

“I am excited to share our 2018 show line-up, especially our new impactful show areas to help our small business registrants on their journey to becoming a huge success”.

-Zachary Lezberg, CEO & Founder

For the second year in a row, Small Business Expo is collaborating with the multi-Emmy® Award- winning reality show Shark Tank® during Dallas Small Business Expo. Casting directors will host a casting-call for startups and entrepreneurs to pitch their unique business idea in order to be considered as a participant for the ABC® televised show.

Furthermore, SBE is proud to announce the return of Powerteam International as a Titanium Sponsor; Google as a Platinum Sponsor for Dallas and Miami; HSBC as a Platinum Sponsor for Miami, Washington D.C., New York City and San Francisco; Bank of America as a Silver

Sponsor for Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Chicago and Houston plus many more are expected to join over the course of the year.

Business professionals across the nation are encouraged to experience Small Business Expo in one or more cities to gain knowledge from business-minded professionals while enhancing their clientele. See below 2018 schedule.

DALLAS January 24 Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
MIAMI February 14 James L. Knight Center
PHILADELPHIA April 12 Pennsylvania Convention Center
WASHINGTON D.C. April 20 Walter E. Washington Convention Center
NEW YORK CITY May 3 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
BOSTON May 17 Hynes Convention Center
CHICAGO May 24 UIC Forum
DENVER June 7 Colorado Convention Center
SAN FRANCISCO August 9 San Mateo County Event Center
LOS ANGELES October 18 California Market Center
SAN DIEGO October 25 San Diego Convention Center
PHOENIX October 31 Phoenix Convention Center
ATLANTA November 15 Cobb Galleria Centre
AUSTIN December 6 Palmer Events Center
HOUSTON December 13 Hyatt Regency Houston

For media coverage and/or complimentary press passes please contact: Susan Baah, 212-651-0679, Susan @ theshowproducers. com.

About Small Business Expo

Small Business Expo® is the nation’s largest small business networking and learning event in the country. From 2015-2017 it was ranked as an Inc. 5000 company as the fastest-growing privately held business. Every year, over 100,000 small business professionals and entrepreneurs across the country attend Small Business Expo to take their business to the next level. The show’s owner, Film, Stage & ShowBiz Expo LLC. was founded in 2008 by Zachary Lezberg. For more information, visit thesmallbusinessexpo.com.

Register for the 2018 Disability Equality Index Now!

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Can your company earn the title of “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion”?

A top-scoring company of the Disability Equality Index creates goodwill and loyalty among employees, investors, customers, people with disabilities, along with their families and friends.

As the nation’s most trusted annual benchmarking tool, the DEI offers unique insight into the progress companies are making towards disability inclusion. Each year, more and more companies participate. In 2017, 21 industry sectors were represented, and 69 companies were Fortune 500 companies.

There are other disability inclusion measurement tools, but none are as comprehensive as the DEI. This in-depth analysis and insight brings a level of quality, trust and accuracy that Fortune 500 companies value.

Regardless of score, each participating company is:

  • Given a complimentary copy of the 2018 DEI Report, which consists of detailed aggregate results and benchmarking information.
  • Presented a scorecard outlining areas in which they excel, as well as those in need of improvement.
  • Invited to exclusive networking opportunities with other participating DEI companies at the USBLN Annual Conference.
  • Offered customized DEI consulting services specifically geared towards increasing their DEI score.

All registered companies will receive access to the 2018 DEI the week of January 22, 2018 to begin submission of responses. Final company DEI responses are due back on April 13, 2018. DEI scores will be finalized by late June 2018.

Click here to register for the DEI.

Buy IT!: Your Guide for Purchasing Accessible Technology

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Implementing accessible technology in your workplace means buying accessible tech in the first place—a process that can sometimes mystify employers and IT purchasing staff who may be new to the world of accessibility.

Introducing Buy IT!: Your Guide for Purchasing Accessible Technology, a free online tool featuring:

  • Step-by-step guidance on researching information technology (IT) vendors, specifying accessibility requirements in your RFPs, and validating the accessibility of your product choices.
  • Background information on the importance of providing accessible IT to employees and job seekers.
  • Sample procurement language, model solicitation language, and a sample remediation roadmap.

Visit: www.PEATworks.org/Buy-IT

SCMSDC to celebrate supplier diversity excellence on October 10

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WHAT

Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council (SCMSDC) will present 10 awards to individuals and corporations that have made exemplary achievements in supplier diversity at its Leadership Excellence Awards gala.The council will give one of its most prestigious awards – the Leadership Excellence Award — to the first Latina recipient, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. The award is presented to an individual whose leadership and commitment have resulted in tangible impacts in the minority business community.

The Corporation of the Year Award will be presented to an SCMSDC corporate member for its overall commitment to supplier development and awarding contracts to diverse suppliers. Organizations nominated for corporate awards include: American Honda Motor Co., Inc.; Amgen; Burns and McDonnell, Nestlé North America; Southern California Gas Co.; Southern California Edison; Toyota; Turner; and Wells Fargo.

WHEN

Tuesday, October 10
6:15 (reception); 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. (dinner)

WHERE

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles Music Center
135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

SPONSORS

 Event sponsors to date include: (platinum) Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas; (gold) Toyota; (silver) Anthem; (bronze) The Walt Disney Company; Chevron; (corporate) American Honda Motor Co.; Comcast NBCUniversal; Northrop Grumman; Time Warner; (supporter) Spectrum; and AT&T.

ABOUT SCMSDC

Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council is the premier organization strengthening economic ties between large, public-, private- and foreign-owned corporations and minority men- and women-owned business enterprises. As the region’s leading minority business advocacy organization, SCMSDC represents the interests of more than 600,000 minority businesses in its 13-county service area in

Southern California. The council offers nationally recognized certification to minority-owned businesses, strategic networking between corporate members and certified

firms, and education, information, and skills development to help minority businesses enhance their capacity. Headquartered in Los Angeles and one of 23 regional councils in the National Minority Supplier Development Council network, SCMSDC has made a positive impact in the minority business community since its founding in 1973. For more information, visit www.scmsdc.org.

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