New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council Salutes '2011 Mission Accomplished' Top Minority Business Owners

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Multicultural entrepreneurs that earned major corporate contracts honored at 2011 Business Opportunity Expo. Mission Accomplished corporations recognized. Expo keynote speaker NBA All-Star Allan Houston, assistant general manager of NY Knicks, discussed entrepreneurship through his Allan Houston Legacy Foundation

The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council has saluted its certified minority business owners that secured major corporate contracts and purchase orders during 2010-2011 with the Mission Accomplished honor.

The 2011 Mission Accomplished minority entrepreneurs were recognized at The Council’s Business Opportunity Expo 2011 held in June. These African American, Asian and Hispanic businesses are certified by The Council and range in fields encompassing advertising, promotions, product design, language translation, IT staffing, technology, business products and management consulting.

“According to the U.S. Census, the number of minority-owned businesses increased by 45.6 between 2002 and 2007 to almost 6 million. That’s more than twice the national rate of all U.S. businesses,” pointed out Lynda Ireland, president & CEO, The Council. “The Council’s Mission Accomplished showcases some of the success stories between New York and New Jersey certified minority businesses and corporate members. It shows there are still opportunities for minority businesses to successfully market quality products and services to corporate America.”

The 2011 Mission Accomplished honorees are: David Barfield, president The Bartech Group, Inc.; Mahendra Patel, president & CEO Patel Consultants Corp; Thai Lee, owner, Software House International; Jeff Douglas, president, Strategic Business Products; Noorali Sonawalla, president Sunrise Systems, Inc.; Avis Yates-Rivers, president & CEO Technology Concepts Group International, LLC; Elisabete Miranda, president, Translation Plus, Inc. and Chih-Chin Sun, president, Ontrend International.

“I will be eternally grateful to The Council and the wonderful people I have met, personally and professionally. Without them, I would never have the opportunity to work with Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, who I am happy to call my clients,” said Chih-Chin Sun of Ontrend International, which produced gift with purchase products for Bloomingdale’s like scarves, earrings and necklaces. “Many thanks to The Council and all they do for the minority suppliers.”

The Council’s corporate members which participated in 2011 Mission Accomplished included: Citi, Bloomingdale’s, Johnson & Johnson, Time Warner Inc., University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, and PSEG.

Mission Accomplished was one of the highlights of The Council’s 2011 Business Opportunity Expo attended by over 600 corporate executives and minority entrepreneurs at the New York Marriott Marquis. The theme was R.A.C.E.: Research, Analyze, Collaborate, and Execute – The Roadmap for SUCCESS. The Expo pushed power techniques in business coaching, leadership, strategies, competition, team support and creative methods on winning new business opportunities.

NBA All-Star Allan Houston, who has been touted as one of the “purest shooters” in basketball and now mentors young entrepreneurs, was the Expo’s keynote speaker. Houston balances his job as assistant general manager of the New York Knicks with his passion to give young entrepreneurs a shot at developing business. Houston’s Legacy Foundation holds a Business Education and Development Program that offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for entrepreneurial advancement. Aspiring entrepreneurs receive six months of education, training, mentoring and incubation support to launch their business

“Competition is essential in maintaining a successful business and so are collaborations,” stated Lynda Ireland, president & CEO of The Council. “Allan Houston is an example. He has taken his winning attitude as successful executive, entrepreneur and athlete and is now mentoring aspiring business owners.”

In addition, the Expo also included executive coach and leadership trainer Phillip A. Berry and other panelists. The Expo’s corporate co-chair was Kent Walker, regional director Indirect Procurement, Johnson & Johnson and the MBE co-chair was Alberto Ruiz, president, Urban Comprehensive Imaging Studio. Expo sponsors included: Bank of New York Mellon, Con Edison, Interpublic Group, MasterCard Worldwide, Microsoft, PepsiCo, American Airlines and Prudential

The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development 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 Council. For more information contact The Council at 212-502-5663.

PHOTO CREDIT: Karl Crutchfield

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