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Great Hall of Flags at the Massachusetts State HouseOn June 7, the Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) hosted the Supplier Diversity Awards at the Great Hall of Flags at the Massachusetts State House, honoring the commitment of Executive Departments, nonprofits, and quasi-public organizations to ensuring economic opportunity in the Commonwealth. A number of small and diverse businesses also were honored for their success in the Supplier Diversity Program.

About 100 attendees were on hand for a networking continental breakfast and were welcomed by Bill McAvoy, Deputy Assistant Secretary, and Gary Lambert, Assistant Secretary for Operational Services. McAvoy commented on the positive effects of Executive Order 565 issued in November of 2015 and observed that “Fiscal Year 2016 was a year of improvement, expansion, innovation, and collaboration.” Lambert’s remarks followed the money, highlighting nearly $1 billion in direct business and just short of $408,000,000 with approximately 1,000 small and diverse businesses, and a 6,000% increase in spend with Veteran-Owned and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses.

After the welcoming remarks, Bonnie Borch-Rote, Counsel for the SDO, stepped to the stage to recognize the outstanding achievements in supplier diversity by Commonwealth departments participating in the Supplier Diversity Program and the Small Business Purchasing Program. For the first time, the Awards highlighted businesses’ achievements in their categories. The full list of honorees and their pictures are listed on the following page.

Integral to the success of the Supplier Diversity Program are the SDO’s certification partners: the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council, the Center for Women and Enterprise, the City of Boston, the US Business Leadership Network, the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and VetBiz/ U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, all of which were recognized during the ceremony.

The Awards were closed out with remarks from Jabes Rojas, Deputy Chief of the Governor’s Office of Access, Opportunity, and Community Affairs, who underscored the success of the Supplier Diversity Program and the need to continue promoting diversity in the Commonwealth’s business partners.

The Supplier Diversity Office thanks all involved with promoting economic opportunity for small and diverse businesses in the Commonwealth and looks forward to hosting the Awards again next year!

 

Departmental Awards (departments exceeding benchmarks for four years)

  • Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance
  • Massachusetts Department of Transportation
  • Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Massachusetts Office of Information Technology
  • Military Division
  • Operational Services Division
  • Department of Veterans’ Services

Departmental Honorable Mentions (departments exceeding benchmarks for three years)

  • Division of Administrative Law Appeals
  • Department of Corrections
  • Division of Insurance

Secretariat of the Year: Executive Office for Administration and Finance

Departments with Most Diverse Vendors

  • Massachusetts Department of Transportation
  • Department of Public Health
  • Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission

Nonprofit Organization of the Year: Mental Health Association, Inc.

Newcomer of the Year: Accelare

Businesses of the Year

  • MBE: Fernandes Line Construction
  • WBE: Opus Design
  • SDVOBE: Ready 2 Run Graphics & Signs
  • SBE: New England Wheels, Inc.

Early Adopter Honorable Mentions

  • LGBTBE: CommunicateHealth, Inc., Ecologic Entomology LLC, and Pinck & Co., Inc.
  • DOBE: Gazzola Painting Company, Inc., McGuire Associates, Inc., and Ray Grand Apparel

Quasi-Public Organizations of the Year

  • University of Massachusetts Systems Office
  • MassHousing
  • Massport
  • Massachusetts Gaming Commission

See all of the photos from the event on our Flickr page!

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