The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council (The Council) continued to celebrate its 40th anniversary with saluting veteran minority business owners, who have been certified by The Council from 15 to 35 years, during the 2013 Business Opportunity Expo Sponsor’s Luncheon on June 20 at New York Marriott Marquis.
“The Council is honored to recognize these outstanding African American, Asian American and Hispanic American entrepreneurs, who established successful enterprises decades ago and continue to run their companies,” said Lynda Ireland, president and CEO, The Council. “Many of these businesses were initiated prior to corporate social responsibility and supplier diversity programs; still these savvy entrepreneurs knew how to grow their companies through certification and partnerships.”
For over 30 years, Ed Diaz, president & CEO of National Commercial Services, Inc., has made sure both National Commercial Services and his previous company Nationwide Collection Systems were certified by The Council. “The Council’s certification is not important—it’s imperative for New York and New Jersey minority business owners. Certification with your local council lends to the credibility of your company for corporations looking for qualified MBEs,” explained Diaz, who heads a corporate debt collection service company. “Over the last 25 years, I have seen significant progress by our New York and New Jersey corporate community in its efforts to afford equal opportunities to minority businesses.”
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