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July 29, 2022

Valarie Cofield’s Farewell Announcement

After eight years, it’s finally time to say goodbye. Serving as President and CEO of the EMSDC has been a high honor and quite a journey. Every day we are reminded that what we do matters and the fight continues. As my tenure ends, I hope that under my leadership, the Council has made a difference.

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July 28, 2022

Aramark Announces COE Mentoring Cohort

Aramark Increases Support of Minority-Owned Businesses: Announces Centers of Excellence Mentoring Cohort for Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, Delaware, and Southern California Businesses

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June 13, 2022

NMSDC 2021 Minority Business Economic Impact Report

The National Minority Supplier Development Council Inc. recently released its 2021 Minority Business Economic Impact Report as a follow-up study to its 2019 report to better understand how the coronavirus pandemic and the racial justice movement affected NMSDC certified minority business enterprises (MBEs) over the last two years.

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May 3, 2022

ByBlack.us Certification Platform

ByBlack Platform, powered by U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. is the exclusive, thirdparty certification body that verifies that eligible businesses are majority-owned by Black and African-American individuals.

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March 31, 2022

Recognizing Women And Minority Entrepreneurship In The US

Women-owned businesses have been the fastest-growing segment in the US economy for over two decades. Recent data from the United States Census Bureau shows that...

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March 28, 2022

Voices of Hope Honoring Valarie Cofield

This annual celebration honors Philadelphia trailblazers (including EMSDC's Valarie Cofield) who embody a culture of compassion and positive change. We aim to spotlight a level of excellence for younger generations to strive toward.

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March 18, 2022

Existing COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program Borrowers to Receive an Additional Deferment

SBA to provide additional deferment of principal and interest payments for existing  COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program Borrowers for a total of 30 months deferment from inception on all approved COVID EIDL loans.

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March 14, 2022

MLS launches historic partnership with Black Banks

Major League Soccer announced it will leverage a historic $25 million loan from a syndicate of Black banks, the first time any sports league has participated in a major commercial transaction exclusively with Black banks.

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December 14, 2021

2021 Choice Awards Press Release

The Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC), presents the cinematic debut of Choice Awards: The Movie—Redux, which celebrates the achievements of best-in-class in supplier diversity.

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October 1, 2021

4th District Container Village

An opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn about the new concept in retail, featuring Container Malls.

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December 31, 2020

2020 Annual Report

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic, recent protests against police brutality, and persistent economic disparities brought about a national reckoning around racial inequalities. We conducted virtual matchmakers, developed a database to source PPE, provided virtual sourcing alternatives, and much more.

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December 11, 2020

2020 Choice Awards Press Release

PHILADELPHIA, PA – December 11, 2020 – EMSDC wouldn’t let the pandemic stop them from celebrating success, networking, and presenting Corporation of the Year, Supplier of the Year, and other awards of distinction.

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December 31, 2019

2019 Annual Report

EMSDC continues to transform and reposition our services and programs to fulfill those goals. We are most proud of those services that deliver sales and marketing insights; access to the global marketplace; capacity building and business diversification opportunities; growth strategies that include joint ventures, strategic alliances, mergers and/or acquisitions; access to traditional and non-traditional financing resources

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December 31, 2018

2018 Annual Report

Each year our Annual Report gives us an opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments and progress of the Council. EMSDC has remained focused on delivering on our Mission to “advance business opportunities for diverse businesses...

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December 31, 2017

2017 Annual Report

EMSDC MBEs and corporate members, thank you for another exciting year of growth and improvement. You hold the keys to the future of supplier diversity. Read on to see the stories and successes of your peers, colleagues and the Council.

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August 18, 2017

2017 Stellar Awards Press Release

PITTSBURGH, PA – April 18, 2017 – EMSDC, hosted the second annual Stellar Awards Luncheon on April 18, 2017 at the Fairmont Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA.

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December 31, 2016

2016 Annual Report

Each year our Annual Report gives us an opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments and progress of the Council. While this is the first Report published under my leadership and under the banner of the merged EMSDC, the work of the Council has continued with laser focus.

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December 5, 2016

2016 Choice Awards Press Release

PHILADELPHIA, PA – December 5, 2016 – The Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC) recognized minority owned businesses and corporations for their achievements in business growth and supplier development at the Choice Awards held recently in Philadelphia, PA. Nearly 300 guests, including corporate executives and MBE business owners, filled the Hyatt at the Bellevue on December 2 to celebrate the winners and continue to develop business relationships.

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May 4, 2016

2016 Stellar Awards Press Release

PITTSBURGH, PA – May 4, 2016 – The Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC) honored minority owned businesses and corporations for their achievements in business growth, advocacy, diversity and inclusion at the Stellar Awards Luncheon held recently at the Renaissance Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA. Nearly 200 guests were in attendance, including leaders in the business community, EMSDC Board members, Corporate members, MBE suppliers, and supporters.  

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