Today's Date: May 11, 2021
Survey Reveals 8 Out Of 10 Asian Americans Say They Are Discriminated Against And 77% Do Not Feel Respected In The U.S.   •   Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation Gets Support From MISSION BBQ American Heroes Cup Campaign   •   Wells Fargo Joins OneTen Coalition to Hire, Upskill and Advance Black and African American Talent in the U.S.   •   Leading DTC Bridal Brand Azazie Launches Size Inclusive Shapewear   •   Accenture and Shiseido Establish Joint Venture to Accelerate Shiseido’s Digital Transformation   •   National Geographic Documentary Films Partners With Acclaimed Director Dawn Porter in Search of Justice and Peace 100 Years Afte   •   Indigenous Services Canada announces 2021 recipients of the Awards of Excellence in Nursing   •   BlackNorth Initiative Sponsoring Lori-Ann Green-Walker, Part of the 6th Cohort of the ESG Competent Boards Certificate Program   •   Statement - Minister of Veterans Affairs marks National Nursing Week   •   Joint statement on the 5th anniversary of Canada's full support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous P   •   EquityPlus Completes "4% Floor" $16 Million Bond Sale To Finance Senior Citizen Affordable Housing And Community Wellness Center   •   Cadence13 Partners with Globally Renowned Thought Leader, Bestselling Author, and Activist Glennon Doyle for First-Ever Podcast   •   Paway Celebrates Dog Moms Throughout The Month Of May With Their "Best Dog Mom Challenge"   •   Unilever's Second Annual Day of Service Gets Sweeter at Vaccine Locations Across the Country   •   Miami Based Black Advertisement Agency Receives Multiple 27th Annual Communicator Awards From the Academy of Interactive and Vis   •   AEO Inc. to Report First Quarter 2021 Results on May 26th   •   Commvault Celebrates Inclusion of 16 Global Executives to CRN's 2021 Women of the Channel List   •   Student-Led Startup Skin Releaf Takes USD 25,000 Top Prize in Standard Chartered 2021 Women in Tech Incubator Competition   •   Susan G. Komen® Welcomes Eight New Leaders in Healthcare, Marketing and Business Operations to Board of Directors   •   MAËLYS Receives Significant Investment from Norwest 
Bookmark and Share

Black Auto Suppliers Changes Name, Focus

MIAMI, FL -  The National Association of Black Automotive Suppliers (NABAS) has announced the changing of its name to The National Association of Black Suppliers (NABS) to reflect the expanded focus the organization has in being the leading resource for Black Industrial entrepreneurs beyond the automotive industry.

Founded in 1987 by eleven Black business owners as the National Association of Black Automotive Suppliers, the previous entity was more narrowly focused on Black entrepreneurs whose primary customers were automotive manufacturers. The influence and impact of the organization was limited primarily to the upper Midwest region of the United States where a majority of automotive industry decisions were made.

"The original mission of the organization was to communicate to automotive manufacturers about the products we produced and delivered as well as issues that were unique to the Black Industrial entrepreneur," said Leon C. Richardson, Chairman of NABS. "Our new mission is to be the leading voice of the Black Industrialist and advocate for the success of our members while expanding our influence into emerging industries."

The membership of NABS is comprised by Black Industrial entrepreneurs who started companies and bootstrapped them during their growth phases and now successfully provide products and services to Fortune 100 companies.

The retraction of the automotive industry created an opportunity for NABS to evaluate its membership, along with the skills and expertise they deliver to customers. Six industry sectors, emerging sectors, were identified as industries that are experiencing growth and the skills and services offered by member companies were transferrable and relevant. These industries represent opportunities that members can pursue and leverage their investment in processes, infrastructure and resources to grow their businesses.

Those sectors are: Healthcare; Casinos/Hotels; Education/Institutions; Utilities; Government/Defense and Alternative Energy.

"We realized that the skills that were honed through nearly 25 years of servicing the automotive industry were also applicable to other industry sectors," continued Richardson. "Since we've identified those emerging sectors we have members actively pursuing opportunities and building relationships with new companies."

The group's membership was originally comprised almost entirely of automotive-related companies. As the organization evolved into NABS, the membership base broadened to include Black Industrial entrepreneurs running companies that provide goods and services to non-automotive companies, yet wanted to have a forum that addresses issues unique to Black entrepreneurs and not available through other groups.

"NABS will fill the need of a strong, advocacy organization that speaks to the issues confronting the Black Industrial entrepreneur," said Roderick K. Rickman, NABS Immediate Past Chairman and current Chairman of the NABS Advocacy Committee. "We are committed to helping our members achieve the success they aspire to."


About NABS
The National Association of Black Suppliers (NABS) is the leading voice of the Black Industrialist and is committed to advocating for the success of our members, customers, and other stakeholders. Membership is comprised of companies that are minority-certified, and deliver quality products to customers globally. Additionally, many of our member companies have operations in numerous foreign countries.

NABS is a 501(C)6 organization that works to promote long-term, mutually beneficial relationships for its broad and diverse membership base. Member companies receive a wide array of exclusive benefits and services. 


STORY TAGS: BLACK , AFRICAN AMERICAN , MINORITY , CIVIL RIGHTS , DISCRIMINATION , RACISM , NAACP , URBAN LEAGUE , RACIAL EQUALITY , BIAS , EQUALITY

Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News