Webinar: Best Practices in County Supplier Diversity Programs
Thursday, May 6, 2010 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (PDT)
Description: This webinar will discuss practices and innovations among counties across the US in relation to supplier diversity, procurement with local small businesses, and minority and women business procurement programs. The webinar will focus discussion on efforts to strengthen the local economy, including the local, diverse, small business community, through county procurement and contracting.
- Tim Lohrentz, Director, Inclusive Business Initiative
- Debra Brewer, Deputy Director, Contract Compliance, DeKalb (GA) County Purchasing & Contracting
- Michael Estelle, Supplier Diversity Coordinator, Contracts Division, Fairfax (VA) County Purchasing & Supply Management Department
- Helen Foster, Director of Research and Development, and Ty Austin, Director of Strategic Initiatives, DelACCESS Consortium
Note: PRICE DROPPED to $27.37! Participation of presenters is voluntary. Fees go toward covering event planning costs of the Insight Center.
The webinar will explore the following best practices:
- coordinators or liaisons in each department that promote the program
- technology and e-procurement used to promote outreach to diverse local vendors
- awards and positive PR
- partnerships with diverse small business community for matchmaking and procurement opportunity sharing
- eliminating barriers with bonding, financing, or loan guarantee programs
In addition, the webinar will discuss how strategic sourcing, including buying cooperatives, can be combined with the efforts mentioned above, so that a county can save money while strengthening the local economy. For background, see recent report by DelACCESS Consortium and Insight Center.
After registration you will receive event log-in details. More information: 510-251-2600 x 121.
When & Where
Inclusive Business Initiative
The Inclusive Business Initiative of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development seeks to promote minority and women business development through the strategic research and the promotion of best practices in federal, state, and local supplier diversity and minority and women business programs.