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Friday, 04 March 2011 16:22

Minority and Women-owned Companies large and small are Giants at National Minority Business Council 31st Annual Awards Ceremony

From $3.8 billion World Wide Technology, Inc. to relatively new start-up organizations and not-for-profits, entrepreneurs in aviation, technology, higher education, office support services, accounting, import/export, advertising specialties and other industries converged at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square to be honored by the National Minority Business Council (www.nmbc.org) for their accomplishments as minority and women-owned businesses, February 24th.

David L. Steward, Chairman of the Board of World Wide Technology accepted the award on behalf of the company he co-founded in 1990. During the St. Louis-based company’s first year of business it did nearly $900,000 in sales. But it marked its 20th anniversary, FY 2010 with $3.8 billion in sales. Despite the still weak economy, Steward struck an upbeat note upon accepting his award, saying, “This is a great country in which we live and the opportunities for entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation remain great.”

A leading Systems Integrator, World Wide Technology was recognized by NMBC as this year’s Outstanding Technology Firm. The company provides technology and supply chain solutions to the commercial, government and telecom sectors including $200 million in sales to The Boeing Company which shared the Outstanding Corporate Supplier Diversity Award along with IBM.

Keynote Speaker Robert W. Walsh, Commissioner, NYC Dept. of Small Business Services, brought with him a Mayoral proclamation declaring February 24th as “NMBC Day in New York City,” a recognition that was echoed by New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Walsh used the occasion to announce the City’s expansion of its “Strategic Steps for Growth” management program with NYU Stern School of Business, for Minority & Women Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE). Additionally, Walsh said that there are impending changes to Local Law 129 which will further enhance opportunities for minority and women business enterprises (M/WBE) looking to win city government contracts. 

Later this year, NMBC will launch its 40th Anniversary, a milestone that Walsh acknowledged with a nod towards the organization’s long-term President and CEO John F. Robinson, one of the organization’s original founders. “John Robinson has always been a champion of minority and women-owned businesses. When he phones, you take his call. And if you don’t, he’ll call again until you do,” noted Walsh. “John and the NMBC have been great partners with our office and the City of New York in facilitating opportunities for its members to do business with the City and we appreciate this important partnership.”

A complete list of Award recipients follows:

 

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