resized pic(From left to right: Jose Nido, Wyndham Worldwide, Ana Bello, HCCMO, Leyla Eagle, DSA, Angela Guzman, Comcast NBCUniversal, Marisol Romany, Orlando Health, and Tony McGee, HNM Global Logistics.)

ORLANDO, FL (Jan. 29, 2016) - The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) hosted its first Supplier Diversity Series of the year in collaboration with Universal Orlando Resorts, with the support of Orlando Health, Wells Fargo, and Wyndham Worldwide Corporation. The event included a panel discussion and speed matchmaking networking event. "As our Central Florida business community continues to strive, the HCCMO will play a vital part in being the leading voice and champion in connecting the dots through economic development for our diverse businesses," said HCCMO President, Diana Bolivar during her welcome remarks.

The panel discussion, Strategic Partnership: Evidence of Success, was moderated by Tony McGee, former NFL player with the New York Giants, and founder and CEO of HNM Global Logistics. It also featured Clark Construction Business Development Executive, Eric Mudge, and Bridget Booth, Small Business Liaison Officer, who shared some business success stories that resulted from their national Strategic Partnership Program to an audience of 20 suppliers within the construction industry. Angela Guzman, Senior Manager of Supplier Diversity at NBCUniversal, played an active role in executing the T2: Construction Connections event. " It is an honor to partner with HCCMO on today's T2 connections event. The strength of the organization and its members is paramount in helping corporations such as ours to create meaningful connections that will inform of opportunities for diverse suppliers within the Central Florida business community," said Ms. Guzmán.

The second part of the event consisted of an intimate speed networking session led by Leyla Eagle, President of Diverse Strategic Alliance (DSA). General contractors were connected with qualified and experienced minority, women, and veteran business enterprises in the construction industry. " The sub-contractors were carefully chosen and vetted for specific upcoming construction work with Universal Orlando Resort, Goodwill Industries, and Orange County Public Schools," said Ms. Eagle. " This was an exclusive opportunity to hear more about the benefits of strategic partnerships, to expand our local construction businesses network, and to learn more about the potential construction opportunities in Central Florida."

HCCMO's Supplier Diversity Series consists of educational seminars where businesses learn about the process of becoming minority certified and the different opportunities to potentially serve as a supplier to thousands of progressive corporations as well as government agencies. Supplier Diversity is a business program that encourages the use of diverse-owned businesses such as minority certified and historically underutilized business vendors, as suppliers.
To learn more about HCCMO's Supplier Diversity Series,visit www.hccmo.org.

About the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership and support the economic development of the Hispanic business community of Metro Orlando. Since 1993, HCCMO has strengthened the Central Florida Business Community by providing quality programs through our business model of networking, business development, exposure and recognition. For more information about the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.hccmo.org or call 407-428-5870.

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