Ohio Minority Supplier Diversity Council

Lowe’s-LISC Partnership – Apply for a Grant to Receive Assistance – Round 4 Application Period Open, Application Deadline June 17

Across the United States, small businesses that form the economic backbone of our communities now face immediate – and oftentimes, crushing – financial pressure because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many small businesses that were forced to shut down temporarily now are at serious risk of never reopening. Even those small businesses that can still operate remotely face major revenue shortfalls. With little or no reserves to pay their expenses, many will have no choice but to lay off workers and close their doors forever.

Thanks to a significant grant from Lowe’s, LISC will provide the emergency assistance that small businesses desperately need to stay afloat. We will deploy grants to help them bridge the financial gap, and provide guidance to help them navigate the intricate web of public and private resources now available. LISC will focus these efforts on historically underserved communities—especially those enterprises owned or led by minorities and women, who often lack access to affordable capital.

Grants to small business owners to help meet their most immediate needs. Eligible expenses include:

  • Paying rent and utilities
  • Meeting payroll
  • Paying outstanding debt to vendors
  • Upgrading technology infrastructure
  • Other immediate operational costs

Visit https://www.lisc.org/covid-19/small-business-assistance/small-business-relief-grants/lowes/ to learn more and apply.

CVS Health & RWU Executive Learning Series Program application closes Friday, April 24th

The Supplier Diversity Team of CVS Health is pleased to share that the CVS Health & RWU Executive Learning Series Program application is open for MBEs. The current deadline for the application, is Friday, April 24th, 2020.


The benefits of the CVS Health & Roger Williams Executive Learning Series include:

  1. Selected leaders will become immersed in a curriculum that is designed to help expand their business capacity, professional skill level, and growth potential in critical areas.
  2. Students will gain practical experience, including the opportunity to respond to a sample Request for Proposal (RFP) and be mentored by RWU Instructors as Executive Coaches as well as CVS Health Procurement Professionals.

We would also like to share some additional benefits and a testimonial from a previous student!

Additional Benefits:

  1. CVS Health’s Supplier Diversity team will be available for support and introductions both behind the scenes and during on-site events.
  2. Participants will have the opportunity to join peers to form a mutually supportive and lasting network.

Here is what a previous graduate had to say:

“The learnings from the CVS Executive Learning Series was incredibly powerful and will make a big difference as we continue to move forward in either pivoting into new industries and/or pursuing key clients…I enjoyed not only the material covered but the relationship and friendship that I now share with my fellow cohorts.  It’s amazing the way CVS selected because there are synergies based on our collective capabilities and I am pursuing discussions with some, where I think we can go after significant business to deliver on the supplier diversity mission – economic impact in our communicates.” – Betty Manetta, President & CEO of Argent Associates, Inc.

We hope that this program will bring something positive for the chosen suppliers to look forward to during these difficult times.

If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to a member of the Supplier Diversity team!

Gianna Vallante | Advisor, Supplier Diversity – Enterprise Procurement

(401) 770-5516| f (401) 287-0234 | Gianna.Vallante@CVSHealth.com

SAP Ariba Discovery Available Free For Suppliers During Pandemic Until June 30th

During the ongoing coronavirus, or COVID-19 pandemic, SAP, the global leader in enterprise application management software has taken measured steps to enable shippers and suppliers hustle to respond to urgent fulfillment requests.

Last month, in response to the uncertainty of coronavirus, the company formally opened access to SAP Ariba Discovery, a business-to-business e-commerce offering designed to connect buyers and suppliers on a single network. Last month, SAP opened access to SAP Access Discovery to allow any buyer to post immediate sourcing needs and to enable any of the four million suppliers on the Ariba Network to respond with their ability to deliver the goods and services required. These services are currently available for free through June 30, with SAP noting this initiative is part of a larger commitment to maintain reliable and transparent supply chains in a time of such uncertainty.

Register for free until June 30th. Visit https://service.ariba.com/Discovery.aw/125034022/aw?awh=r&awssk=R1NwWSB2&dard=1&ancdc=1

Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council Straight Talk Sessions with Premier Inc. and Duke Energy

The Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council is hosting two Straight Talk Sessions in April that MBEs are invited to attend. Listen in and learn the inside scoop on how to do business with corporations in the CVMSDC network. Hear from purchasing agents, supplier diversity professionals, and supplier development experts in the Straight Talk series, designed to advocate, connect and grow Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs). MBEs need only to register by clicking the Link Under each meeting date.

MBEIC Chair LaSonya Berry will be the host of each webinar.

How to Do Business with Premier Inc. 4/28 from 12-1 EST

Join CVMSDC as Straight Talk continues: How To Do Business with Premier, Inc.
Corporate guest – Deborah Williams, Senior Director of Supplier Diversity
Hosted by LaSonya Berry of McPherson Berry

Register Here

How to Do Business with Duke Energy 4/30 from 12-1EST 

Join CVMSDC as Straight Talk continues: How To Do Business with Duke Energy.
Corporate guest – Andrew Grier, Supply Chain
Hosted by LaSonya Berry of McPherson Berry

Register here

NMSDC COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall: The Stimulus Package – Continuing the Conversation – Thursday, April 9 | 3 – 4:30 pm

NMSDC invites you to continue the conversation about the CARES Act and what this federal stimulus package can do for your business.

A special guest from The White House will provide specific details of the package and answer your questions about what it is designed to achieve. Additionally, our panel will share valuable resources about how to access programs to help your business stay afloat during this crisis.

Get first-hand information about:

  • The key elements of the package
  • Who and what qualifies for emergency coverage
  • The scale and scope of the coverage
  • The parameters and limits of the coverage
  • The application process
  • When you might expect to receive assistance

Join us in the virtual room from 3 p.m. — 4:30 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, April 9, to be a part of this urgent discussion.

Click Here To Register – https://cvent.me/PqPqyO