(In the middle, Secretary Chad Poppell, to the left Frank López, President of the Chamber, and members of the Supplier Diversity Committee)

On January 31, 2017 the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) had a visit from Secretary Chad Poppell, from the Florida Department of Management Services (DMS). Secretary Poppell had a discussion with the Chamber’s Supplier Diversity Committee regarding government certification and contracting.

The Department of Management Services is the business arm of Florida government, with the mission of supporting state agencies as well as current and former state employees with workforce and business-related functions. The DMS department under Poppell’s direction serves 1.1 million customers.

For over two years the HCCMO has been elevating the conversation on supplier diversity and minority certification. During 2016 the Chamber hosted several educational workshops and two matchmaking events. Over 45 corporations were connected to diverse suppliers during 700 meetings that were organized and facilitated by the Chamber and its Supplier Diversity Committee.

The Office of Supplier Diversity publishes an annual report every year to help people navigate through the government’s vendor bid system. The report may be found at the following link: http://www.dms.myflorida.com

At the end of 2016 the Governor of Florida, Rick Scott also paid a visit to the HCCMO. He met with small business members and gave them advice on how to engage with their local government to advocate for their issues.

Through programs such as Civic Advocacy and Supplier Diversity, the HCCMO educates members on matters of civic issues that affect businesses, and creates awareness on how minority owned businesses can gain more access to corporate and government contracts. You can read more information about these programs on www.hccmo.org.

 

By Elda Rivera

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