Dayton Chamber Expands Buy Local Program: MBP and ConnXus help MBEs Connect

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New Dayton Chamber online portal, powered by ConnXus, will connect local minority businesses with companies seeking to expand and diversify their supplier base.

We are proud to be the first Chamber of Commerce in the nation to offer our businesses this type of benefit.

The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce now has an exciting way to connect with new business opportunities within the local community and beyond. The new Dayton Minority Business Partnership (MBP) Portal will provide an online service to connect local minority businesses with companies seeking to expand and diversify their supplier base.

“The MBP Portal is a powerful tool for area businesses in so many different ways,” said Belinda Matthews Stenson, Minority Business Partnership Director. “Local minority-owned companies who register can be found by companies looking for new suppliers. Companies interested in buying from diverse suppliers can easily search for them or post opportunities for only local companies. It facilitates our “Buy Local” initiative by making it easy to identify area businesses; while at the same time making it possible for area businesses to connect with and have access to business relationships and contract opportunities with minority companies all over the United States.”

According to Phil Parker, President and CEO, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, “Not only is this consistent with the Chamber’s push of Buy Local/Buy Dayton but this new technology lends itself to even more application for members to do more and better business.”

The MBP Portal is powered by ConnXus.com (http://www.connxus.com), 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.

Basic memberships for both buyers and suppliers are free. Members also benefit from special offerings, like access to the LexisNexis® Prospect Portfolio sales and marketing tool at a discounted price.

“We are excited about the opportunities this new Portal provides, and proud to be the first Chamber of Commerce in the nation to offer our businesses this type of benefit,” said Stenson.
For more information about the Minority Business Partnership (MBP) or the MBP portal contact the Chamber at 226-8224.

About the Chamber

The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce brings together nearly 3000 businesses and organizations in southwestern Ohio. The Chamber strives to improve the region’s business climate and overall standard of living through public policy advocacy, economic development initiatives, and a variety of information, and original service and training resources for its members. Recognized as the U.S. “Chamber of the Year” in 1998 and nationally awarded with “5-Star Accreditation” from the United States Chamber of Commerce in 2005 and 2010 respectfully, the Dayton Chamber is widely recognized for its effective organizational procedures, innovative programs, and outstanding contribution to positive change in the region. Information about the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce is available at http://www.daytonchamber.org or 937-226-1444.

About ConnXus

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

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