Kent State Universityâ€™s Supplier Diversity program is dedicated to developing strong relationships with minority- and women-owned businesses. These companies offer value and diversity that is important in an organizationâ€™s network of suppliers. Doing business with minority-owned firms also promotes economic inclusion that helps to build strong regions across the country.
â€œFaculty and students are immensely diverse, so the suppliers should be as well,â€ says Kazell Pugh, president of TLC Springwater. â€œMinority-owned companies are great sources of jobs and opportunities for everyone everywhere.â€
TLC is certified with the state of Ohio, Cuyahoga County and the city of Cleveland as a minority-owned company. Minority certification is important to ensure that a company is truly owned and operated by a minority. Kent State also has state of Ohio supplier diversity goals, and certified companies are the only ones recognized for those goals.
â€œKent State is incredibly excited to work with TLC Spring Water,â€ says Veronica Cook-Euell, KSUâ€™s supplier diversity program manager. â€œThey were highly recommended and we look forward to doing business with them.â€
For more information on Supplier Diversity at Kent State University visit http://www.kent.edu/procurement/welcome-supplier-diversity.cfm.
For more info on TLC Spring Water visit http://www.tlcspringwater.com.