Crain's Cleveland Business: Program Fosters Diversity Along Supply Chain
Veronica Cook-Euell is leading a mission at Kent State University and coming up with some unique programs as a result.
Cook-Euell, KSU's supplier diversity program manager, is the first administrator to hold a position specifically designed to recruit minority-owned businesses to supply the university and one of the first in the state, said Timothy J. Konczal, director of KSU's procurement department.
"We take supplier diversity very seriously," Konczal said. "She's always out searching for minority partners to try to nurture so that they can become a viable supplier for us — almost like creating a business incubator. Her mission, and her long-term goal, is simply to improve the business climate here."
An outgrowth of Cook-Euell's undertaking is a unique public-private partnership designed to teach minority business owners in the construction trades how to bid for contracts at KSU. The result is a nine-week workshop, co-sponsored by the university and Turner Construction Co., that just graduated its first class of 14 participants on May 9 [...]