DETROIT -- The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) announced the 'Corporate ONE' award winners for its supplier diversity program which drives procurement opportunities with minority business owners.
The 2010 MMSDC Corporate ONE Winners:
Aisin World Corp. of America
Alberici Constructors, Inc.
Automatic Spring Products Corp
Barton Malow Company
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Chrysler Group LLC
Continental, North America
Detroit Medical Center
Ford Motor Company
Grand Rapids Community College
Henry Ford Health System
Johnson Controls, Inc.
Kelly Services, Inc.
St. John Providence Health System
Toyota Boshoku America
Toyota Motor Engr. & Mfg. NA, Inc.
University of Michigan
Wayne State University
"Less than ten percent of our corporate members earn the Corporate ONE award. These companies are leaders in their industry, community and in their supply chain. They provide real opportunities to diverse suppliers and contribute to our local economy. We are pleased to honor them for their outstanding achievements," said Louis Green, MMSDC President and CEO.
Criteria for the 'Corporate ONE' award include having an established minority/diversity supplier development program; reporting minority purchases on a quarterly basis; membership in the MMSDC's Project ONE, which is an initiative to aid minority businesses in becoming competitive bidders for corporate contracts; and sponsoring the MMPC Trade Fair or other major MMSDC event. The following corporations have won each year for the past ten years: Alberici Constructors, Inc.; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Chrysler Group LLC; Comerica Bank; Continental North America; Delphi; Detroit Medical Center; Ford Motor Company; Kelly Services, Inc.; Steelcase, Inc.; Walbridge; and Wayne State University.
Founded in 1977, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) was formerly known as the Michigan Minority Business Development Council (MMBDC). MMSDC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with more than 1,300 certified minority businesses and over 300 corporate members working to further its mission to certify minority businesses; provide access to procurement opportunities; and develop capacity for minority business development. The MMSDC was recognized by the National Minority Supplier Development Council as "Council of the Year" 2010 and 2007 for its work with major corporations to promote minority business development and growth.