Mason, Ohio (PRWEB) July 13, 2012
ConnXus.com Founder and CEO Rod Robinson was recognized as one of the inaugural E.D.G.E. Awards as part of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2012 program in the South Central Ohio and Kentucky region. The recognition identifies emerging Entrepreneurs that are Delivering, Growing and Executing on new and innovative products and services (who do not yet qualify for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Award). Nominees for this new award were owners or managers of private or public companies (less than five years old) that have successfully taken a product or service to market resulting in positive revenues.
“Being an entrepreneur means spending all of your time with your head down, constantly focused on serving your customers, finding new customers, and growing your business,” said Robinson. “Recognition like this forces you to pause, reflect and realize how far you’ve come. In the past two years, ConnXus has gone from a concept to a community of more than 100 corporate buyer members, more than 1000 diverse supplier members and more than $100 million in contract opportunities posted. I am deeply honored to receive the first E.D.G.E. Award and to be considered among the many successful businesspeople recognized by Ernst & Young.”
ConnXus.com is an online service that is revolutionizing supplier diversity. Launched in 2010, ConnXus makes it easy and affordable for corporations to locate, evaluate and engage performance-rated small, minority- or woman-owned businesses. By aggregating real corporate purchasing demands in one location, diverse businesses have easy access to actual corporate contracting opportunities and corporations can easily expand their supplier base and meet supplier diversity objectives. Basic membership is free, with additional premium services available. ConnXus recently partnered with the National Urban League to help small, woman- and minority-owned businesses accelerate their growth throughout the United States. The Cincinnati Connect and Grow! event will be held in Cincinnati Tuesday, July 17. Registration is available at http://www.connxus.com.
Before founding ConnXus.com, Rod Robinson consulted with major corporations on strategic sourcing and procurement initiatives, helped them improve or create supplier diversity programs, and served as the chief procurement officer for a Fortune 1000 company. Robinson was nominated for the E.D.G.E. Award by CincyTech, a ConnXus.com investor. CincyTech is a public-private venture development organization that invests in startup businesses in high-tech industries in Southwest Ohio.
Now in its 26th year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Award has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world. Regional awards were presented at a special gala on June 28 at the Cincinnati Hyatt Regency.
ConnXus.com is an online service that revolutionizes supplier diversity by making it easy and affordable for corporations to locate, evaluate and engage performance-rated small, minority- or woman-owned businesses. It’s a virtual marketplace that matches buyers with diverse suppliers in more than 100 product or service categories. Buyers can conduct searches for suppliers or post contract opportunities for suppliers to submit bids. Suppliers request performance ratings from prior customers, and just like many consumer-focused websites, more and better ratings translate into better search results. ConnXus also provides turnkey solutions for corporate procurement organizations: supplier diversity program assessment, design and implementation; comprehensive diverse supplier validation, classification and reporting; training; supplier outreach and qualification; and custom bid preparation. ConnXus also offers branded customized supplier diversity portals for corporations, chambers of commerce and other associations.