Kent State Universityâ€™s Supplier Diversity Program Manager Veronica Cook-Euell has received the 2012 Minority Business Enterprise Advocacy award from Black Pages Ohio. Cook-Euell was awarded for helping to build business-to-business relationships throughout Ohio, and for her encouragement of multicultural partnerships and commitment to growing emerging and small businesses.
Black Pages Ohio, established in 1991 as The Cleveland Black Pages, is a minority-business listing and resource guide for Ohio communities. It was the first African-American minority business directory ever published in Northeast Ohio.
Cook-Euell received the award on May 10 during a gala introducing The Summit magazine, a publication of Black Pages Ohio that is sponsored by the City of Akron.
â€œIt is truly an honor to be recognized for oneâ€™s passion,â€ says Cook-Euell. â€œAt Kent State, we continue to work toward achieving our goal to promote an inclusive supplier environment, and I am very happy with the achievements we have recorded. To be recognized by industry members is a testament to the comprehensive and strong supplier diversity program that we have at Kent State.â€
Cook-Euell is responsible for developing strategies to increase minority business representation in securing contracts at Kent State. She assists Kent State in diverse spending with minority and women-owned businesses and serves as the universityâ€™s equal employment opportunity (EEO) officer monitoring minority business enterprise/encouraging diversity, growth and equity (MBE/EDGE) spending.
For more information about Kent Stateâ€™s Supplier Diversity program, contact Cook-Euell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-672-9195, or visit www.kent.edu/procurement/welcome-supplier-diversity.cfm.