Tuesday, December 8, 2015

MLGW Honored as Corporation of the Year

L to R: Renise Holliday (Coordinator, Supplier Diversity), MLGW Board Commissioner Carlee McCullogh and
Jozelle Booker (Manager, Procurement and Contracts)

On Nov. 6, the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum held its annual Robert R. Church, Sr. Achievement Awards luncheon. This event spotlights local companies who surpass expectations in supporting minority- and women-owned businesses. For the fifth year, MLGW took home the title of 2015 APEX Corporation of the Year.

MLGW continues to show leadership in the pursuit of supplier diversity. In 2015, spending among businesses owned by minorities, women and local residents has been over $30 million, or 34 percent of the company’s overall spending with outside suppliers. According to Luke Yancy III, president and CEO of the MMBC Continuum, "The [supply diversity advocacy group] Billion Dollar Roundtable has established a best practice of 12 percent of total spend with minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises for any industry." MLGW far exceeds that benchmark.

Procurement and Contracts Manager Jozelle Booker was excited for the recognition of her company and co-workers’ diligent efforts. “We are proud of our contributions to growing local businesses. It is great to see the Division’s results recognized,” said Booker. This year, MLGW beat out several respected organizations to be named Corporation of the Year. The finalists were International Paper, FedEx Services, the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, Baptist Memorial Health Care, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and MATA. Previous wins for MLGW were in 2011, 2007, 2004 and 2001.

“The responsibility of supporting business diversity in our community is something we take seriously,” said MLGW President and CEO Jerry Collins Jr. “It’s an honor for MLGW to be named as a leader in this important effort.”

MLGW participates in many MMBC Continuum programs annually as well as providing financial and in-kind support. MLGW also hosts a number of internal programs to support minority- and women-owned businesses, including the annual Procurement Opportunity Fair, which provides a venue for business owners to meet one-on-one with MLGW project managers, end users and procurement professionals to discuss opportunities for the upcoming fiscal year. The Sheltered Market Program allows local small businesses to compete for contracts they might have no hope to earn otherwise. MLGW is committed to cultivating a diverse supplier base and to investing in the community.

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