Top Supplier Diversity Companies for First Quarter Named by ConnXus.com

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ConnXus.com, a revolutionary online supplier diversity service, announces the site's top corporate buyers and best diverse suppliers for the first quarter of 2012.

These organizations have demonstrated their commitment to supplier diversity by actually awarding business to small, woman- and minority-owned businesses.

ConnXus.com, an online service that connects small, woman- or minority-owned businesses with companies seeking diverse suppliers, named the top corporate buyers on the site for the first quarter of 2012 today:
1)    Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
2)    The State of Ohio, Columbus, Ohio
3)    Procurian, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

“These organizations have demonstrated their commitment to supplier diversity by actually awarding business to small, woman- and minority-owned businesses,” said ConnXus.com Founder and CEO Rod Robinson. “Our scoring system identifies the top supplier diversity companies on ConnXus.com. Buyers receive points for each opportunity they post on the ConnXus.com site, and additional points for awarding a contract to one of our supplier members.”

ConnXus.com has revolutionized supplier diversity by both aggregating corporate demand and making it easy for corporations to locate, evaluate and engage performance-rated small, minority- or woman-owned businesses in any product or service category and in any geographic location. Since launching in December 2010, corporate buyer members have posted $100 million in contract opportunities for diverse supplier members on the site.

The site also recognized the best businesses among its diverse supplier members as ranked by their customers. Those suppliers receiving a composite customer STAR rating of five are (in alphabetical order):

  •     Linked Technologies, Beavercreek, Ohio
  •     Mach 1 Global Services, Tempe, Arizona

connXus.com was created by Fortune 1000 procurement expert and supplier diversity consultant Rod Robinson and serial internet entrepreneur Chris Downie. Corporations register as buyer members and indicate in which of the more than 100 product or service categories they have purchasing needs. Small, minority- or woman-owned businesses register as supplier members, indicating the product or service categories they provide, as well as creating a company profile highlighting their size, areas of expertise and representative customers. Suppliers request performance ratings from prior customers, and just like many consumer-focused websites, more and better ratings translate into better search results. Buyers can also conduct searches for specific suppliers or post contract opportunities for suppliers to submit bids. Registered ConnXus members include thousands of small, minority- and woman-owned suppliers representing hundreds of categories and corporate buyers responsible for more than $20 billion in annual spending.

For more information, go to http://www.connxus.com.

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