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Wayne State University named MMSDC Corporation of the Year - Educational Sector

November 2, 2015

Procurement & Strategic Sourcing is pleased to announce that the Wayne State has been awarded the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) 2015 Corporation of the Year - Educational and Government Entities Award.  This is the fourteenth time the University has been so recognized since 1989.  This results from employing a continuous improvement process  to increase both the level of expenditures and the number of qualified minority owned and operated enterprises with which the University does business.

  ACE Awards

The MMSDC Ambassadors Championing Excellence (ACE) Awards Program celebrates the business relationships between major corporations and minority-owned firms. The MMSDC honors major corporations for their commitment to supplier diversity as well as for purchasing products and services from minority-owned businesses.  Through a wide variety of activities, the University has been successful in this effort.

The University is a recognized leader in the manner and level of effort extended to enhance and support minority owned and operated enterprises.  The University:

  • Hosts an annual Detroit-Based and Diversity Owned Businesses Procurement Conference (27th annual conference was held August 13, 2015)
     
  • Participates annually in the Michigan Minority Procurement Conference  (May)
  • Works closely with the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council  (MMSDC) and other diversity-based organizations.

While the above information is by no means all inclusive, it provides a substantial overview of the attention given to this important effort, which the University takes very seriously.

We partner with the MMSDC in the following areas:

  • Project ONE
  • Annual Award Dinner
  • Signature Events Planning Committee
  • MMSDC Chairman's Scholarship Gala

"Recognition at this level comes from a collaboration of efforts from several areas" says Ken Doherty, AVP for Procurement.  "We are fortunate to have support from Facilities Planning & Management, Business Operations, Computing & Information Technology, and the Office of Equal Opportunity".

Congratulations to all the Corporations, Institutions, and Minority Businesses that were nominated in 2015, and a special congratulations to those that were also award recipients.

The complete list of MMSDC Awards nominees can be seen at

MMSDC ACE Awards Nominees