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SDO Award Ceremony

Honorees from MassDOT, the MA Commission against Discrimination, and the Department of Housing and Community Development who exceeded both MBE and WBE spending benchmarks for four consecutive years, along with SDO Executive Director, Reggie Nunnally.

 

On June 12, 2015, the Operational Services Division (OSD) hosted a Recognition Ceremony and luncheon at the Massachusetts State House to celebrate the efforts of 54 Executive Agencies in promoting supplier diversity in state spending. These agencies represent the visible and continued success of the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Program (SDP).

Recognizing that a diverse business community strengthens the state’s economy, OSD’s Supplier Diversity Program sets Executive Agency spending goals with Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MBE and WBE, respectively). In order for an agency’s spend with an MBE or WBE to count toward the computation of the goal, the business must be certified by the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office (SDO).

Over the last 10 years, Executive Agencies across the Commonwealth have increasingly embraced their supplier diversity goals, currently set at 6% for MBEs and 12% for WBEs. Total spend with these groups has grown from $367,725,700 in FY04 to $819,235,103 in FY14. Along with these spending increases, the number of Supplier Diversity Office MBE- and WBE-certified businesses also has grown to 2,933.* A list of MBE- and WBE-certified businesses is publicly available in SDO’s Directory of Certified Businesses.

Agencies that exceeded their FY14 MBE and/or WBE agency spending goals were individually recognized at the State House event. In his opening remarks, Gary Lambert, Assistant Secretary for Operational Services, noted that four years ago, just one department was recognized for increasing and exceeding MBE/WBE benchmarks for two consecutive years (2008-2010). In 2014, nine departments/agencies were in this category; six organizations exceeded both benchmarks for three consecutive years; and a new award category was added to recognize three organizations that exceeded both benchmarks for four consecutive years.

Also in attendance was newly appointed Deputy Chief for Access and Opportunity, Jabes Rojas, who congratulated the honorees and expressed his excitement and vision for the program’s future success.
The 54 agencies were individually recognized by Reggie Nunnally, Executive Director of the SDO. He noted that “over two-thirds of Executive Agencies in the Executive Offices [are] being acknowledged for the work [they] do…” and he discussed the importance of the SDO mission in moving Massachusetts forward.

For more information about the Supplier Diversity Program and/or becoming a certified MBE or WBE by the Supplier Diversity Office, visit www.mass.gov/sdo. Find June 12th event photos on the OSD Flickr account.

*Data as of June 23, 2015.

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