New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council Offers Online Business Classes to Public with Council Virtual Academy (CVA)

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The Award-Winning Business Council Hosts Courses for Small Business Owners and Supplier Diversity Executives Including Request for Proposal (RFP) Super Webinar, Social Media Marketing, Supplier Diversity Training and the Corporate Procurement Process

“Between the economy and the growing new technologies, it’s important for both business owners and corporate executives to expand their knowledge and skills through continuing education,” explained Lynda Ireland, president & CEO, The Council.

The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council (The Council) now offers its web-based Council Virtual Academy (CVA) business courses to the public with online classes on small business and supplier diversity taught by top entrepreneurs, executives and educators.

In today’s fast-paced world, continuous business education and training for professionals is a necessity. The Council Virtual Academy uses cutting edge technology-based delivery systems to provide information, education and training access opportunities to individuals, small business enterprises and major corporations. For small business owners, classes range from the Request for Proposal (RFP) Super Webinar to the RFP Online Training Course. There are training programs in Navigating the Corporate Procurement Process and Business Transformation. For supplier diversity procurement executives, CVA offers the award-winning National Minority Supplier Development Council Online Supplier Diversity Training Program, which is taught in conjunction with Rutgers University and was initiated by The Council.

“Between the economy and the growing new technologies, it’s important for both business owners and corporate executives to expand their knowledge and skills through continuing education,” explained Lynda Ireland, president & CEO, The Council. “A few years ago, The Council launched the Supplier Development Council Online Supplier Diversity Training Program. It was taught through Rutgers University and graduates received certificates. This was so successful that the National Minority Supplier Development Council offered the training program nationally to its members. Now, through Council Virtual Academy, the public can have access to a wide range of classes and training programs that are beneficial in building careers.”

The CVA webinar classes for the public start at $29.00 and training programs begin at $275.00. Instructors include attorney I. Javette Hines, senior vice president, manager of supplier diversity at Citi, who presents Maintaining Supplier Diversity as A Strategic Business Imperative and veteran new media expert and author Stephen Jackson, general manger, RDZ Media Group on Successful Uses of Social Media to Land Your Next Sale. G. Kelly Watts, Program Manager, Supplier Diversity at IBM and Collabera, a Council-certified MBE, were instrumental in the RFP Super Webinar. Upcoming courses taught by experts include The Art of Networking for Supplier Development, Strategic Alliance and Progressive Partnering, Relationship Building and Workforce Development.

The Council Virtual Academy is produced by minority businesses Worldwide Virtual Academy Inc. and WebTeam Corporation and is sponsored by corporate member Ernst &Young.

“There is a demand for small business owners to be prepared with the current industry trends,” said Jonah Cooper, president, Worldwide Virtual Academy Inc. “Through Council Virtual Academy, they can receive these quality learning tools in a convenient and affordable manner.”

The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, an award-winning affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, certifies African American, Asian-American, Hispanic-American and Native-American-owned businesses to be eligible to compete for major corporate contracts. The Council has over 200 corporate members, including Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies and educational institutions. Currently, there are approximately 1,300 New York and New Jersey minority-owned businesses with annual revenues from $100,000 to $3 billion that are certified by the New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council. For more information, contact The Council at 212-502-5663 or http://www.nynjmsdc.org.

Video produced by RDZ Media Group

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