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The FedTalk series brings the Cleveland Fed together with industry experts, local businesses, community organizations, policymakers, and engaged citizens to discuss issues affecting the communities and people we serve.


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Supporting Small Businesses through Supplier Diversity Programs


September 14, 2022

Noon-1:00 PM ET

Small minority- and female-owned business development is a cornerstone to economic prosperity and a priority for economic inclusion. Supplier diversity programs strengthen small minority- and female-owned business through education and exposure, enabling them to expand their offerings and service to more complex customers. The programs have had tremendous positive impact in recent months as large businesses look to expand their supplier bases given recent supply chain challenges. This FedTalk program will examine trends currently impacting small, minority- and women-owned businesses, review best practice in the area, share some of the key lessons learned by experts in this space, and dive in the inner workings of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland's supplier diversity program.

Panelists:

  • Maria Thompson, Small Business Credit Survey, Outreach Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  • Teleangé Thomas, Chief Operations and Relationships Officer, JumpStart Inc.
  • Tiffany Jordan, Contract Compliance Manager Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
  • Christopher Nance, Vice President of Construction and Inclusive Talent Initiatives, Greater Cleveland Partnership

Moderated by George Sample, Vice President and Deputy Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland


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