Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council

NMSDC Virtual Town Hall – How the Federal Relief Initiative Works for Minority Business – Friday, April 3

What is the COVID-19 Relief Stimulus Package?
Friday, April 3, 2020
11 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. (EDT)

To confront the biggest question that we are all facing today – how does minority business survive and even thrive during the COVID-19 crisis? NMSDC invites you to join us for a very special live Virtual Town Hall on Friday, April 3, about the CARES Act and what this federal stimulus package can do for minority business.

Senator Tim Scott, involved in crafting the largest stimulus package in American history, will be joining us for Friday’s essential conversation. He, along with a special guest from The White House policy team, will provide specific details of the package and answer your questions about what it is designed to achieve.

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

This Town Hall is the place to cut to the chase during this critical moment and will provide the opportunity to ask pertinent questions and get the answers you need for your business. Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), corporate members and NMSDC affiliate presidents are urged to participate in this vital conversation about our current business environment, and how it impacts the future of NMSDC and minority supplier development.

Join us in the virtual room from 11 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, April 3, to be a part of this urgent discussion.

Meet You in the Virtual Room!
Registration closes at 9 a.m. (EDT) on Friday, April 3
The live web cast is limited
A live stream will also be available on YouTube


NMSDC Virtual Town Hall: How CPOs Are Responding: The Corporate Perspective on the COVID-19 Business Challenges

For its third weekly virtual Town Hall in the ongoing health emergency, NMSDC invites you to join us on Thursday, April 2, for an essential discussion – “How CPOs Are Responding: The Corporate Perspective on the COVID-19 Business Challenges.”

  • What actions are they taking to mitigate the risk in their supply chains?
  • How are they working with their MBEs to reduce the impact to their businesses?
  • To limit the risk to minority suppliers, what strategies do these CPOs recommend to other corporations?

On April 2, hear the answers to these and other questions posed by the audience of MBEs and corporate members of NMSDC. We welcome your participation, questions, and insights on the critical CPO-MBE connection in this crisis.


As this health emergency continues to unfold, NMSDC’s transformed mission is even more vitally important than ever – today, tomorrow, and beyond. This Town Hall is a component in that mission. We need to hear your questions, your concerns, and your ideas. With your feedback, we can work more effectively as a network. Hosting the Town Hall is NMSDC President/CEO Adrienne C. Trimble.

Adrienne assumed the leadership of NMSDC after a successful career in the corporate world, much of it spearheading the supplier diversity initiative at Toyota North America – an ideal perspective from which to anchor this discussion. Panelists joining her on Thursday are:

Keith Browning
Managing Director of Supply Chain Management for Corporate Services, Corporate Travel & Events, and Supplier Diversity & Inclusion | Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Kala Gibson
Executive Vice President, Head of Business Banking | Fifth Third Bank

Farryn Melton
SVP, Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) | Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS)

Thomas Nash
Vice President & CPO | American Red Cross

Brad Pomerleau
Vice President, Indirect Sourcing and Procurement COE | Target Corporation

How My Company Survived 2 Recessions & 2 Government Shutdowns: You Can Too – A Webinar on Wednesday, April 8 by the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council

Seize opportunities now! Hear from an industry expert on how she grew her company during an economic downturn, and how you can too. Learn how to get ahead of procurement opportunities and prepare your business for winning contracts during COVID-19. Expand the way you are marketing your firm and capture on new federal requirements for small businesses. New emergency contracting rules have been implemented. Look past the chaos and leverage your resources for success.

Follow the link to register today: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3885144533601092363
Free to 7(j) eligible small businesses.

Location: Online Webinar
Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Time: 10:30 – 12:00pm

Thriving, Not Just Surviving During a Challenging Economy: A Webinar on Friday, April 3 by the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council

It cannot be overstated how unprecedented these times are for business owners, workers, consumers, large companies, and the public sector. The Coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, has led to an economic situation that has no historical comparison. However, there remains some strategic decisions that business owners have to consider to help them survive the current crisis. Put your business in the best position to thrive once we get through this health and economic pandemic. This webinar will review some of those strategic decisions and offer business owners innovative ways on how to manage the new normal.

Free to 7(j) eligible small businesses.

Location: Online Webinar
Date: Friday, April 3, 2020
Time: 10:30 – 12:00pm

Follow the link to register today: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2516342716973383179

Webinar Friday, March 27: Prepare, Don’t Panic: Restructuring Your Business Operations and Practices During COVID-19 – Provided By Florida State MSDC

In these challenging times, business owners need to be prepared for an increased demand in accessing virtual tools and resources for our workforce and day to day operations. It is our responsibility to eectively deliver solutions, execute processes, and provide peace of mind to our employees and clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how to analyze your operations to see what is the best fit for your company. Discover innovative platforms, resources, and best practices to restructure and redevelop your workforce.

Training provided by the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council

Location: Online Webinar
Date: Friday, March 27, 2020
Time: 10:30 – 12:00pm

Follow the link to register today: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7398941803414653196