5 Lessons We’ve Learned from Today’s Economy
The last five years has been a rollercoaster in the global economy. From the bursting of the housing bubble, to the fall of Lehman Brothers, to the escalating Greek debt…
Welcome Back! The Art of Moving Back Home After College
Standing in the ranks on graduation day, I felt like I was the only one shaking in my cap and gown. Yet, I soon found out I wasn’t alone—searching for…
Patience and Getting in the Corporation’s Door
When I meet suppliers they frequently ask how long it might take until they get a chance to compete for our business. The answer to that question is always, “It…
5 Concerns When Moving to the Big City
My first summer after college was one big blur: In just a couple of weeks, I went from hitting the books to hitting the streets for a new job in…
Best Advice for Entrepreneurs
I have never been an entrepreneur but I really admire the many entrepreneurs I have met in my supplier diversity role. I have learned a great deal listening to entrepreneurs…
What Is the Role of a Corporate Supplier Diversity Professional?
While it will vary somewhat from corporation to corporation, the primary role of those involved in supplier diversity programs is to ensure the inclusion of diverse businesses in the competitive…
How to Save Money on a Tight Budget – Use Your Job Perks
Do you frequent the ‘sale’ racks?  If you are like most Americans, you probably love free and cheap things. But clipping coupons and searching the web for the best prices…
Ready to Compete at the Corporate Level?
I have had a few contracting opportunities lately where the suppliers have dropped out of the bidding process. Suppliers work long and hard to get the opportunity to compete but…
How to Make a Business Grow with the Help of a Local Diversity Council
I’ve discussed the importance of certifying as a diverse supplier, Why should suppliers certify as a diverse business ?, but beyond certification, how can these organizations help you make your…
RFP Help: Top Ten Do’s and Don’ts for Requests for Proposals
So let’s say you met a corporate representative at a trade show, and you impressed them with your approach. You knew what that corporation was about and you explained how…