connXus.com Names Top Supplier Diversity Companies for Third Quarter

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Supplier diversity matchmaker connXus.com recognizes the site's top corporate buyers and top diverse suppliers as ranked by their customers for the third quarter of 2011.

Home page of connXus.com, an online service that connects diverse businesses with corporations seeking diverse suppliers

connXus.com revolutionizes supplier diversity by helping corporations locate, evaluate and engage small, woman- and minority-owned businesses.

We want to recognize those corporate buyers who have demonstrated their commitment to diverse suppliers by actually awarding business to them.

Supplier diversity matchmaker connXus.com named the top corporate buyers on the site for the third quarter of 2011 today:
1)     Kent State University
2)     ICG Commerce (tie)
     Jack and Jill of America Foundation (tie)
4)     Ohio Department of Administrative Services
5)     YMCA of the USA

“We want to recognize those corporate buyers who have demonstrated their commitment to diverse suppliers by actually awarding business to them,” said connXus.com Founder and CEO Rod Robinson. “We’ve developed a scoring system to identify the top supplier diversity companies on connXus.com. Buyers receive points for each opportunity they post on the site, and additional points for awarding a contract to one of our supplier members.”

connXus.com is a new 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 and lets corporate buyers conduct searches for performance-rated suppliers or post contract opportunities for suppliers to submit bids. Since launching in December 2010, corporate buyer members have posted more than $75 million in contract opportunities for diverse supplier members on the site.

The site also recognized the best minority- or woman-owned businesses among its diverse supplier members as ranked by their customers (in alphabetical order):

  •     5 O’Clock Computers., Beavercreek, OH
  •     Atrium Staffing, New York, NY
  •     Blackboard Marketing, Cincinnati, OH
  •     Catering by Chef LLC, Washington D.C.
  •     Cheatham & Associates Corp., Irving, TX
  •     Diverse Logistics & Transportation, Inc., Cincinnati, OH
  •     Mach 1 Global Services, Tempe, AZ
  •     Montour Machine Sales, Inc., West Chester, OH
  •     Munoz Brandz, Cincinnati, OH
  •     Palmer Promotions, West Chester, OH
  •     Premier Fulfillment, Grand Prairie, TX
  •     PRiority Public Relations LLC, Coralville, IA
  •     Red212, Cincinnati, OH
  •     Staffor Consulting LLC, Springboro, OH
  •     TransAmerica Logistics, Inc., Parsippany, NJ
  •     Veterans Shredding, New Prague, MN
  •     Wolfe, LPA, Cincinnati, OH

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 number close to 1,000, including small, woman- and minority-owned businesses representing hundreds of categories and corporate buyers responsible for more than $20 billion in annual spending. The company recently announced a round of funding and an agreement with LexisNexis.

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

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