Small Business Expo Announces the 2018 Business Tour!

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Small Business Expo Releases its 2018 Nationwide Small Business Tour Nearly 100,000 Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs Expected To Register

Small Business Expo, the most anticipated business-to-business trade show, conference and networking event has released its 2018 multi-city small business tour schedule.

Small Business Expo will kick off its nationwide tour by celebrating their 10th-Year Anniversary of providing business resources to local owners and professionals. For the last decade, Small Business Expo has provided invaluable resources for

small-to-large business owners, start-ups and entrepreneurs to move their business forward. In 2017, the #1 Must Attend trade show welcomed nearly 75,000 small business owners through its door.

For 2018, the one-day event will host their trade

show in 15 cities. Small Business Expo has included two new areas on the show floor including: THINK TANK® and Office Space Pavilion designed for registrants to utilize and brainstorm their Next Million Dollar Idea.

“I am excited to share our 2018 show line-up, especially our new impactful show areas to help our small business registrants on their journey to becoming a huge success”.

-Zachary Lezberg, CEO & Founder

For the second year in a row, Small Business Expo is collaborating with the multi-Emmy® Award- winning reality show Shark Tank® during Dallas Small Business Expo. Casting directors will host a casting-call for startups and entrepreneurs to pitch their unique business idea in order to be considered as a participant for the ABC® televised show.

Furthermore, SBE is proud to announce the return of Powerteam International as a Titanium Sponsor; Google as a Platinum Sponsor for Dallas and Miami; HSBC as a Platinum Sponsor for Miami, Washington D.C., New York City and San Francisco; Bank of America as a Silver

Sponsor for Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Chicago and Houston plus many more are expected to join over the course of the year.

Business professionals across the nation are encouraged to experience Small Business Expo in one or more cities to gain knowledge from business-minded professionals while enhancing their clientele. See below 2018 schedule.

DALLAS January 24 Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
MIAMI February 14 James L. Knight Center
PHILADELPHIA April 12 Pennsylvania Convention Center
WASHINGTON D.C. April 20 Walter E. Washington Convention Center
NEW YORK CITY May 3 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
BOSTON May 17 Hynes Convention Center
CHICAGO May 24 UIC Forum
DENVER June 7 Colorado Convention Center
SAN FRANCISCO August 9 San Mateo County Event Center
LOS ANGELES October 18 California Market Center
SAN DIEGO October 25 San Diego Convention Center
PHOENIX October 31 Phoenix Convention Center
ATLANTA November 15 Cobb Galleria Centre
AUSTIN December 6 Palmer Events Center
HOUSTON December 13 Hyatt Regency Houston

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About Small Business Expo

Small Business Expo® is the nation’s largest small business networking and learning event in the country. From 2015-2017 it was ranked as an Inc. 5000 company as the fastest-growing privately held business. Every year, over 100,000 small business professionals and entrepreneurs across the country attend Small Business Expo to take their business to the next level. The show’s owner, Film, Stage & ShowBiz Expo LLC. was founded in 2008 by Zachary Lezberg. For more information, visit thesmallbusinessexpo.com.

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Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement Seeks to End Job Biases During 2018 Leadership Tour

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Chicago-based nonprofit sparks conversations on workplace issues and career advancement with Fortune 500 executives

The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), a national nonprofit that helps Latinos excel in their careers, announced a year-long leadership tour ‒ Dismantling Biases, Building Inclusive Leadership ‒ that seeks to create a candid dialogue among professionals and employers about pressing diversity issues and opportunities in the workplace.

The decision to address career progression for Latinos came after a survey of 900-plus HACE members revealed that while 30 percent work at an associate level, only 3 percent are at the executive level. In addition, when asked to rank their top barriers to advancement at their current employer, the three reasons that were most often ranked as their No. 1 hurdle are lack of opportunities, not feeling valued and lack of a clear structure for advancement, with 13 percent listing little chance to gain new skills or explore another job function.

“We intend to address the issue of career progression head-on by hosting a series of panel discussions with top executives to determine the future of what can be achieved,” said Patricia Mota, HACE president and CEO. She noted that the survey found that members consider diverse management, a more inclusive organizational culture and increased responsibilities as the top reasons for staying at a company.

“Unless companies change their approach to diversity from top-to-bottom, they will never be able to retain top talent and Latinos will never rise to leadership positions,” Mota said. “Our focus is on what companies can do now and the steps to get there.”

The Leadership Tour will begin at Motorola Solutions in Chicago on Tuesday, Jan. 30, with a panel featuring speakers from Barilla, Edelman, H&R Block and Motorola Solutions who will share keys to career progression and challenges Latino professionals face.

“We understand that diverse, dynamic teams are among the keys to a successful business,” said Matt Blakely, Director of Inclusion, Diversity and Culture at Motorola Solutions. “We’re thrilled to host HACE and be a part of this important discussion.”

The second stop on the tour will be hosted by the Major League Baseball corporate office in New York City on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Additional events will be held across the country in San Francisco, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Washington D.C. and McLean, Va. Each event will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. (local times) with time for networking among attendees and recruiters prior to panel sessions with executives from corporate sponsors that include ADP, NBA, NFL, Hyatt, Freddie Mac, Merck, AT&T, Oath, Marathon Oil, Capgemini and Northern Trust.

HACE is creating an open and inclusive forum for direct dialogue among employers and aspiring professionals, without shying away from difficult topics. These conversations are necessary to bring about real change and open opportunities critically important for career progression.

“At H&R Block, we believe in doing the right thing and we’re committed to serving the community by working with partners like HACE to improve our talent pool,” said Calvin Ricks, Market Vice President for H&R Block’s Central Market.

To learn more about HACE and become a member or corporate sponsor, visit www.HACEonline.org. Tickets to the kick-off event on Jan. 30 at Motorola Solutions can be purchased online. Tickets for the New York City event are also available online, with additional stops posting in the coming months.

About HACE

The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement is a national nonprofit dedicated to the employment, development and advancement of current and aspiring Latino professionals. Since 1982, HACE has served as a resource for Latinos in the workplace and a source of expertise and insight for corporations seeking to access them. Through professional development, resources and networks, and by facilitating access to meaningful career opportunities, HACE helps Latinos succeed in every phase of their careers. With a network of over 52,000 members across the country, HACE works with employers to remain competitive in an increasingly dynamic economy by helping them attract, develop and retain Latino and diverse professionals.

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Students of Hurricane Devastated Areas Receive Generous Sponsorships to Attend STEM Conference in Kansas City

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67 Students From Puerto Rico, Texas And Florida Receive Sponsorships Totaling $85,000

In the wake of the recent hurricane devastation the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) spearheaded a rallying call to their network and raised sponsorships of over $85,000 to travel 67 students impacted by the recent disasters to attend the 2017 SHPE National Conference last month, the largest gathering of Hispanic STEM talent in the United States.

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers is one of the largest non-profit organizations in the United States who serve a membership base of close to 10,000 Hispanic students, professionals and corporate partners in the STEM industry.

After the hurricane devastation to Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas, thousands of students experienced a significant impact on their lives, both personally and academically. With schools closed, these students did not have a chance to fundraise for the trip to Kansas City, MO for the conference that offers professional development, networking, and interview opportunities with many of the largest employers in the world.

The sponsorships were donated by 3M, Accenture, The Boeing Company and Boeing employees, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, Honeywell, Intel Corporation and Qualcomm, as well as individual donors from the SHPE membership base. In all, over $85,000 was raised for the students travel, accommodation, and conference expenses.

“As we begin the SHPE ‘We Are Familia’ holiday campaign, we truly appreciate the support shown for these students in their time of need and the generous response is testament to the power of our membership and its supporters,” said SHPE CEO, Raquel Tamez.

The SHPE holiday campaign ‘We Are Familia’ focuses on the different faces of the SHPE membership and their impact to empower the Hispanic STEM community. 70% of the new jobs in STEM between 2008 and 2018 will be in computer science related engineering, proving the importance of having an organization dedicated to empowering the Hispanic ‘familia’ to succeed in these booming industries.

The 2017 SHPE National Conference took place November 1-5, 2017 in Kansas City MO. More than 6,500 professionals, students, and industry leaders gathered for four days of networking, workshops, guest speakers, award ceremonies, and competitions. The theme of the 2017 National Conference was Illuminate & Innovate, inspired by the night lights and lively bustle of Kansas City, and the increasing recognition of the role Hispanics play as part of America’s 21st century economy.

Recipients of the sponsorships expressed their thanks to their sponsors and for the opportunity to continue their education during the massive rebuilding of their lives.

“Attending my first ever SHPE National Conference was an amazing experience, and I am extremely grateful to the team at SHPE and my sponsors at Accenture for making this possible for me and many other students from Puerto Rico,” said Amanda N. Zayas Ramírez, one of the sponsored students from Puerto Rico.

“My SHPE familia is a marvelous group of people who lead, support, grow, and deeply care for each other,” said Abraham Elizarraras, a sponsored student from Houston.

“SHPE familia for me is a second home, where I can share who I am as a person and a professional with friends from different cultures and professional endeavors,” said Nelson Ojeda, a sponsored student from Puerto Rico.

About SHPE –

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is comprised of a national network of more than 300 chapters. SHPE’s mission is to change lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development. SHPE provides a variety of programming, services, and resources including hosting the largest Hispanic STEM conference in the nation.  For more information, visit http://shpe.org.

Small Business Expo Releases its 2018 Nationwide Small Business Tour

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Nearly 100,000 Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs Expected To Register

Small Business Expo, the most anticipated business-to-business trade show, conference and networking event has released its 2018 multi-city small business tour schedule.

Small Business Expo will kick off its nationwide tour by celebrating their 10th-Year Anniversary of providing business resources to local owners and professionals. For the last decade, Small Business Expo has provided invaluable resources for

small-to-large business owners, start-ups and entrepreneurs to move their business forward. In 2017, the #1 Must Attend trade show welcomed nearly 75,000 small business owners through its door.

For 2018, the one-day event will host their trade

show in 15 cities. Small Business Expo has included two new areas on the show floor including: THINK TANK® and Office Space Pavilion designed for registrants to utilize and brainstorm their Next Million Dollar Idea.

“I am excited to share our 2018 show line-up, especially our new impactful show areas to help our small business registrants on their journey to becoming a huge success”.

-Zachary Lezberg, CEO & Founder

For the second year in a row, Small Business Expo is collaborating with the multi-Emmy® Award- winning reality show Shark Tank® during Dallas Small Business Expo. Casting directors will host a casting-call for startups and entrepreneurs to pitch their unique business idea in order to be considered as a participant for the ABC® televised show.

Furthermore, SBE is proud to announce the return of Powerteam International as a Titanium Sponsor; Google as a Platinum Sponsor for Dallas and Miami; HSBC as a Platinum Sponsor for Miami, Washington D.C., New York City and San Francisco; Bank of America as a Silver

Sponsor for Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Chicago and Houston plus many more are expected to join over the course of the year.

Business professionals across the nation are encouraged to experience Small Business Expo in one or more cities to gain knowledge from business-minded professionals while enhancing their clientele. See below 2018 schedule.

DALLAS January 24 Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
MIAMI February 14 James L. Knight Center
PHILADELPHIA April 12 Pennsylvania Convention Center
WASHINGTON D.C. April 20 Walter E. Washington Convention Center
NEW YORK CITY May 3 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
BOSTON May 17 Hynes Convention Center
CHICAGO May 24 UIC Forum
DENVER June 7 Colorado Convention Center
SAN FRANCISCO August 9 San Mateo County Event Center
LOS ANGELES October 18 California Market Center
SAN DIEGO October 25 San Diego Convention Center
PHOENIX October 31 Phoenix Convention Center
ATLANTA November 15 Cobb Galleria Centre
AUSTIN December 6 Palmer Events Center
HOUSTON December 13 Hyatt Regency Houston

For media coverage and/or complimentary press passes please contact: Susan Baah, 212-651-0679, Susan @ theshowproducers. com.

About Small Business Expo

Small Business Expo® is the nation’s largest small business networking and learning event in the country. From 2015-2017 it was ranked as an Inc. 5000 company as the fastest-growing privately held business. Every year, over 100,000 small business professionals and entrepreneurs across the country attend Small Business Expo to take their business to the next level. The show’s owner, Film, Stage & ShowBiz Expo LLC. was founded in 2008 by Zachary Lezberg. For more information, visit thesmallbusinessexpo.com.

Georgia Tech Received CMD-IT University Award for Retention of Minorities and Students with Disabilities in Computer Science

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The Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT (CMD-IT) presented Georgia Tech with the first annual CMD-IT University Award for Retention of Minorities and Students with Disabilities in Computer Science.  The University Award recognizes US institutions that have demonstrated a commitment and shown results for the retention of students from underrepresented groups in undergraduate Computer Science programs over the last five years. The award, sponsored by Microsoft, is focused on the underrepresented groups African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and People with Disabilities. Georgia Tech received the award September 21st at the 2017 ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing in Atlanta, Georgia.  The award included a $15,000 cash award.

The CMD-IT University Award decision was based on both Georgia Tech’s impressive quantitative reported results, which reflected high retention and graduation rates and qualitative reporting on their various retention programs  In particular, Georgia Tech highlighted the following four programs as directly impacting retention and graduation:

  • Threads Undergraduate Curriculum: Students are given the opportunity to take control over their curriculum by choosing two of eight Threads to create their degree plan which gives them more than 28 different degree plans to follow. This resulted in students feeling they have more control and a better understanding of their degree plan.
  • Georgia Computes and Project Rise Up: The two programs are spearheaded by Georgia Tech to help increase engagement in computing  by broadening participation in computer science at all educational levels by underrepresented groups.  These programs increase interest in Computer Science.
  • Mandatory Introductions to Computer Science classes: All students enrolled in Bachelor’s degree programs at Georgia Tech must take one of three computer science classes. The three programs enable students to take courses that fit their level of experience in Computer Science.
  • Travel Scholarships to Conference: Georgia Tech provides between 40 and 120 travel scholarships to leading tech conferences with a diversity focus. Students build networks of support and return with a feeling of renewed commitment to their degree program.

“CMD-IT is very pleased to award the first University Award for the Retention of Minorities and Students with Disabilities in Computer Science to Georgia Tech.  Their strong retention programs and the documented results make Georgia Tech an excellent role model for other universities.  They shared more details of these programs at the Faculty Workshop at the Tapia Conference,” said Valerie Taylor, CMD-IT Executive Director.

“We’re tremendously honored to be the inaugural recipient of the CMD-IT University Award for Retention of Minorities and Students with Disabilities in Computer Science. At Georgia Tech, we’ve long recognized that computing must become more diverse to reach its fullest potential to serve all corners of society, and we’ve eagerly taken leadership roles in multiple organizations and international events that are dedicated to broadening participation in computing. The College of Computing is proud, for example, to be one of the country’s top three research universities in graduating underrepresented minority Ph.D. students in the past decade, but we know there is a long way to go and much work to be done. We look forward to continuing our work with CMD-IT and other partner organizations to help computing better reflect the full spectrum of the country,” said Charles Isbell, Executive Associate Dean in the College of Computing and Professor in the School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology.

For more information, visithttp://www.cmd-it.org/programs/current/university-award/.

Register for the 2018 Disability Equality Index Now!

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Can your company earn the title of “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion”?

A top-scoring company of the Disability Equality Index creates goodwill and loyalty among employees, investors, customers, people with disabilities, along with their families and friends.

As the nation’s most trusted annual benchmarking tool, the DEI offers unique insight into the progress companies are making towards disability inclusion. Each year, more and more companies participate. In 2017, 21 industry sectors were represented, and 69 companies were Fortune 500 companies.

There are other disability inclusion measurement tools, but none are as comprehensive as the DEI. This in-depth analysis and insight brings a level of quality, trust and accuracy that Fortune 500 companies value.

Regardless of score, each participating company is:

  • Given a complimentary copy of the 2018 DEI Report, which consists of detailed aggregate results and benchmarking information.
  • Presented a scorecard outlining areas in which they excel, as well as those in need of improvement.
  • Invited to exclusive networking opportunities with other participating DEI companies at the USBLN Annual Conference.
  • Offered customized DEI consulting services specifically geared towards increasing their DEI score.

All registered companies will receive access to the 2018 DEI the week of January 22, 2018 to begin submission of responses. Final company DEI responses are due back on April 13, 2018. DEI scores will be finalized by late June 2018.

Click here to register for the DEI.

SHPE is Coming to Kansas City

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Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), a national organization representing professional engineers in the Hispanic community, will host the 2017 SHPE National Conference, the nation’s largest gathering of Hispanic student and professional STEM talent in the nation.

More than 6,000 professionals, students, and industry leaders will gather in Kansas City, MO at the Kansas City Convention Center, November 1-5, 2017 for four days of networking, workshops, guest speakers, award ceremonies, and competitions under the theme of Illuminate & Innovate, inspired by the night lights and lively bustle of Kansas City, and the increasing recognition of the role Hispanics play as part of America’s 21st century economy.

“According to the Census Bureau, Hispanics in the U.S. represent 15% of the workforce, but only 8% of the STEM workforce. SHPE’s mission is to improve on those numbers and to empower Hispanics as leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians and engineers,” said SHPE CEO, Raquel Tamez. “The SHPE National Conference is our chance each year to renew that mission and engage with the membership we serve to ensure progress is made. Students and professionals from around the country come together to create opportunities for their careers. This year’s attendees will have the opportunity to network with industry leaders from some of the largest STEM employers in the world, learn from some of the brightest minds in the field, and test their skills alongside their colleagues.”

Attendees will have the chance to interact with over 200 exhibitors actively recruiting over five days packed with professional development and networking opportunities, including:

Career Fair & Graduate School Expo

The SHPE Career Fair & Graduate School Expo is the largest Hispanic-focused STEM career fair in the world, providing Hispanic students and professionals with the opportunity to meet representatives from sponsoring corporations, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and graduate schools to learn about the latest technologies and career options in STEM fields.

Competitions

The National Conference competitions offer undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to showcase their talents to recruiters and peers. This year’s competitions include the Hackathon, Extreme Engineering Challenge, MAES Intern Tournament, and the Nissan Design Competition where participants will compete for the $10,000 grand prize and an internship at Nissan Motor Company.

Pre-College Program

The Pre-College Program brings middle and high school students for a day and a half of STEM engagement and awareness. This event will feature several hands-on activities presented by professional SHPE committee members and corporate sponsors. Furthermore, students can participate in workshops in various STEM subjects and gain exposure to STEM degrees and careers.

Graduate Institute

The Graduate Institute offers a series of workshops for current and prospective graduate students to learn more about how to succeed within their graduate school program, recommendations for securing post-graduate placements, and advice for those considering graduate school as their next step, including what to expect and how to choose a program.

Professional Summit

SHPE offers offers a 3-day career development workshop track for its professional members including Project Management Bootcamp, Presenting Outside the Box, Charting Your Career, and the Entrepreneurship Session. Attendees take new skills back to their workplaces, making them more valuable employees and more effective leaders in their organizations and communities.

Distinguished Lecture Series

This year’s Distinguished Lecture series includes:

~  “Window to the Brain: What should we be looking for, literally and metaphorically?” presented by Prof. Guillermo Aguilar (University of California, Riverside)

~ “Graphene: The thinnest, strongest and fastest” from Prof. Oscar Vazquez-Mena (University of California, San Diego)

~ “Advances in Catalysis for Air Quality Engineering” from Prof. Jean Andino (Arizona State University)

~ “High-Speed Acoustic Bridge Deck Scanning: A Journey” from Prof. Brian Mazzeo (Brigham Young University).

Empowering Latinas in STEM Program

One of the most popular conference tracks is the one put on by the SHPEtinas – and this year will be no different with their theme of Finding Your Super Powers. Aimed at female STEM students and professionals, the workshops include: Cracking the Work-Life Balance Conundrum, Leveraging your Latina Spark – A Male Perspective, 5 Super Latina STEM Leaders – Where Are They Now, Unlock Your Super Powers, Leadership: Your Hidden Superpower, and Next Generation Engineers. Presented by The Boeing Company and Exxon Mobil Corporation.

STAR Awards

Exclusive to SHPE’s conference is the STAR Awards Gala, which recognizes key individuals and corporations who have contributed significantly to support Hispanics in STEM. The full list of honorees can be viewed here – https://shpeconference.shpe.org/star/. Presented by John Deere.

Faculty Development Institute

The SHPE Faculty Development Institute aims to help mentor and support pre-tenure engineering faculty for success in the engineering professoriate. This one-day workshop designed to provide skills and resources needed to obtain tenure and successfully transition to tenured faculty appointments. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

New this year, the 2017 SHPE National Conference will be joined by MAES – Latinos in Science and Engineering, as a joint collaboration of the two organizations in their efforts to promote Hispanic students and professionals in STEM fields.  This unique collaboration offers members expanded training and networking opportunities, broader professional development, and a richer overall experience.

To see the full program for the 2017 SHPE National Conference, please visit https://shpeconference.shpe.org.

About SHPE –

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is comprised of a national network of more than 300 chapters. SHPE’s mission is to change lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development. SHPE provides a variety of programming, services, and resources including hosting the largest Hispanic STEM conference in the nation.  For more information, visit http://shpe.org.

NMSDC 2017- What To Do

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The NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange coming to Detroit, MI, October 22-25, 2017 is the nation’s premier forum on minority supplier development. For four days, more than 6,000 corporate CEOs, procurement executives and supplier diversity professionals from the top multinational companies, as well as leading Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners and international organizations will convene at Cobo Center to re-energize their collective efforts to Certify > Develop > Connect > and Advocate for solid minority firms in the global corporate supply chain.

Today’s Metro Detroit is one of the most attractive places to visit in the country– and this year, it was chosen as the “best city in America to do business.” A home for many large Fortune 500 companies, doing business in Detroit has never been easier.

Eat

London Chophouse
155 W. Congress
Steakhouse

Urban Cellars
2 Washington Blvd
Bar, Pub

Blue Star Cafe
239 W Congress St.
Cafe

The Bean Bar
243 W Congress St.
Cafe

Zoom Cafe and Grill
211 W Fort St.
American Restaurant

Gateway Deli Cafe
333 W Fort St. Ste 1
Soups, Cafe

Maru Sushi & Grill
160 W Fort St.
Japanese, Sushi, Asian

Athens Souvlaki
645 Griswold St
Penobscot Building
Mediterranean, Greek

The Grand Trunk Pub
612 Woodward Ave
American, Bar, Pub

Michael Symon’s Roast
1128 Washington Blvd
American Steakhouse, Contemporary

Pharmacy

Griswold Pharmacy
1411 Washington Blvd, Detroit
(313) 237-9000

Pharmor Pharmacy
40 E Alexandrine St, Detroit
(313) 832-2050

CVS Pharmacy
1037 Woodward Ave, Detroit
(313) 963-1007

Doctor’s Medical Pharmacy
3169 Woodward Ave, Detroit
(313)-832-481

Shop

Devonshire Mall
3100 Howard Ave, Windsor
(519) 966-3100

Tecumseh Mass
7654 Tecumseh Rd E, Windsor
(519) 944-7760

Source: Yelp & Yellow Pages

Cleaners

Clifford Street Cleaners
112 Clifford St, Detroit
(313) 962-8080

Alicia’s Cleaners & Alterations
11335 Conant St, Hamtramck
(313) 366-5608

Mena S Cleaner Alterations
4606 Tecumseh Rd E, Windsor
(519) 945 6355

Zeplin Cleaners
10311 Gratiot Ave, Detroit
(313) 921-6160

Perfect Cleaners
19500 W McNichols Rd, Detroit
(313) 794- 3083

Buy IT!: Your Guide for Purchasing Accessible Technology

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Adopting technology that works for all employees—including those with disabilities—means buying accessible tech in the first place. Introducing Buy IT!: Your Guide for Purchasing Accessible Technology, a free online tool featuring:

  • Step-by-step guidance on researching information technology (IT) vendors, specifying accessibility requirements in your RFPs, and validating the accessibility of your product choices.
  • Background information on the importance of providing accessible IT to employees and job seekers.
  • Sample procurement language, model solicitation language, and a sample remediation roadmap.

Visit: www.PEATworks.org/Buy-IT

SCMSDC to celebrate supplier diversity excellence on October 10

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WHAT

Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council (SCMSDC) will present 10 awards to individuals and corporations that have made exemplary achievements in supplier diversity at its Leadership Excellence Awards gala.The council will give one of its most prestigious awards – the Leadership Excellence Award — to the first Latina recipient, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. The award is presented to an individual whose leadership and commitment have resulted in tangible impacts in the minority business community.

The Corporation of the Year Award will be presented to an SCMSDC corporate member for its overall commitment to supplier development and awarding contracts to diverse suppliers. Organizations nominated for corporate awards include: American Honda Motor Co., Inc.; Amgen; Burns and McDonnell, Nestlé North America; Southern California Gas Co.; Southern California Edison; Toyota; Turner; and Wells Fargo.

WHEN

Tuesday, October 10
6:15 (reception); 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. (dinner)

WHERE

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles Music Center
135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

SPONSORS

 Event sponsors to date include: (platinum) Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas; (gold) Toyota; (silver) Anthem; (bronze) The Walt Disney Company; Chevron; (corporate) American Honda Motor Co.; Comcast NBCUniversal; Northrop Grumman; Time Warner; (supporter) Spectrum; and AT&T.

ABOUT SCMSDC

Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council is the premier organization strengthening economic ties between large, public-, private- and foreign-owned corporations and minority men- and women-owned business enterprises. As the region’s leading minority business advocacy organization, SCMSDC represents the interests of more than 600,000 minority businesses in its 13-county service area in

Southern California. The council offers nationally recognized certification to minority-owned businesses, strategic networking between corporate members and certified

firms, and education, information, and skills development to help minority businesses enhance their capacity. Headquartered in Los Angeles and one of 23 regional councils in the National Minority Supplier Development Council network, SCMSDC has made a positive impact in the minority business community since its founding in 1973. For more information, visit www.scmsdc.org.

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Nation’s Top 25 Employee Resource Groups and Diversity Councils Honored at Orlando Conference

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The Nation’s Top 25 Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Business Resource Groups (BRGs) and Diversity Councils were honored at the 9th Annual ERG & Council Honors Award™ luncheon celebration today at the 2017 ERG & Council Conference  at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando. Taking top honors was the General Motors Employee Resource Group, followed by the Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Inclusion & Diversity Council and the Aramark Diversity Advisory Board.

The ERG & Council Honors Award™ is part of the annual ERG & Council Conference presented by diversity and inclusion training and consulting firm PRISM International, Inc., andits practice group the Association of ERGs & Councils.  “ERGs and Diversity Councils are vital linksfor improving organizational results,” said Linda Stokes, President and CEO of PRISM and co-host  “Participants report that completing the application challenges them to look hard and deep at what they are doing by evaluating their efforts and then enacting adjustments that make them better. Our intent is to enable ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils to use this application to learn what they are doing well and how they can continue to increase their impact and effectiveness,” concluded Stokes.

In its ninth year, the prestigious ERG & Council Honors Award™ recognizes and awards the outstanding contributions and achievements of U.S. ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils that lead organizational diversity and inclusion processes and demonstrate results in their workforce, workplace and marketplace.  Fernando Serpa, the Executive Director of the Association and last night’s co-host said, “This year’s applications represented 1,330 ERGs, BRGs, Diversity Councils and their chapters. This is by far the most competitive and exciting field to date.”  The 2017 ERG & Council Honors Award™ recipients are a diverse combination of U.S. organizations representing most sectors, geographies and sizes. “We also had several non-Top 25 groups demonstrate best practices and results that deserve to be recognized,” said Serpa. “As a result, we have introduced the Spotlight Impact Award™ that highlights the achievements of these select groups in the categories of Organizational Impact, Talent Management and Culture of Inclusion.”

Award recipients included a diverse combination of corporations, governmental agencies and not for profits representing various sectors, geographies and organization sizes.

Experience the 2017 ERG & Council Honors Award™ Ceremony.

The 2017 ERG & Council Honors Award Ceremony was hosted by Linda Stokes and Fernando Serpa and honored the TOP 25 U.S. ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils.

The 2017 ERG & Council Honors Award™ recipients (by rank):

  1. General Motors Employee Resource Group Council
  2. Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Inclusion & Diversity Council
  3. Aramark Diversity Advisory Board
  4. ClinicPride Employee Resource Group – Cleveland Clinic
  5. Texas Instruments Diversity Network
  6. Professional Women’s Network Massachusetts Chapter – State Street Corporation
  7. U.S. Bank Proud to Serve
  8. Americas D&I Council – JLL
  9. Diversity Advisory Council – American Airlines
  10. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council – Davenport University
  11. Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council – Erie Insurance
  12. InspirASIAN – AT&T
  13. Diversity & Inclusion – Delhaize America
  14. MSAG (Military Support and Assistance Group) – Bank of America
  15. Entergy Employee Resource Group
  16. Froedtert Health Diversity Council
  17. UNIDOS System Resource Group – Carolinas HealthCare System
  18. Bon Secours Executive Council – Bon Secours Health System
  19. Ricoh Diversity and Social Responsibility Council – Ricoh USA, Inc.
  20. Research Quality Nutrition and Technology Diversity and Inclusion Council (RQNT D&I) – The Kellogg Company
  21. Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) – Enterprise Resource Group – MUFG Union Bank, N.A
  22. African American Employee Resource Group (AA-ERG) – Northwestern Mutual
  23. U.S. Bank Spectrum LGBT
  24. SALUD  – Cleveland Clinic
  25. Diversity Advisory Council – Summa Health

The 2017 Spotlight Impact Award™ recipients in alphabetical order include:

  • CalPERS – CalPERS Diversity & Inclusion Group
  • KeyBank – Key Business Impact and Networking Groups (KBINGs)
  • NextEra Energy, Inc. – NextEra Energy Women in Energy Employee Resource Group
  • Northwestern Mutual – Military Veterans ERG
  • Novant Health – Latino/Hispanic BRG
  • PNC Bank – Cleveland Chapter Military Employee Business Resource Group
  • PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. – Military Virtual EBRG
  • PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. – PNC Regional Diversity & Inclusion Council