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Supplier Diversity Pilot Program ‘Coffee Connection’ Welcomes Minority Suppliers

Belmont’s Office of Community Relations, the Welcome Home Team and seven Nashville supplier diversity leaders recently partnered to participate in the first Supplier Diversity “Coffee Connection” at Belmont. Among the organizations represented were the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Area Black Chamber of Commerce, Metro Nashville Airport Authority, Metro Nashville Government, Tri- State Minority Supplier Development Council, Nashville Minority Business Center and the Small Business Administration.

The event provided the opportunity for more than 30 minority- and women-owned businesses to meet with purchasers from Belmont’s Auxiliary Services and Facilities Management Services Departments. “We are excited to engage with our partners to continue developing our capacity and commitment to doing business with minority suppliers,” said Belmont’s Director of Community Relations Joyce Searcy. “Additionally, we hope to develop a supplier base that reflects Nashville’s diversity.”

“There was a buzz of excitement in the air as we welcomed new potential suppliers into the program,” said Barbara Bell, doctoral intern for the Office of Community Relations. For further information on the program, click here.

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