ConnXus Fuels Economic Growth at 2017 NMSDC Conference + Business Opportunity Exchange

On Monday, October 23, the ConnXus team traveled to Detroit to take part in the National Minority Supplier Development Council’s (NMSDC) 2017 Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange, to continue to advance opportunities for minority business enterprises by connecting them with corporate buyers.

For the third year in a row, ConnXus was invited to be a part of P&G’s Community of Partners to support their multi-tier supplier diversity program by facilitating meetings between P&G primes and diverse suppliers using the ConnXSmart strategic sourcing tool.

First launched at NMSDC 2015, ConnXSmart matched over 70 P&G majority partners and diverse suppliers this year to promote dialogues and enable business and networking opportunities at the world’s largest minority business conference and opportunity exchange.

In addition, we debuted out latest concierge-level registration service with our client American Red Cross (ARC). We were able to streamline the supplier registration process by registering over a hundred of prospective suppliers to their Registration Portal directly from their company booth.

As the saying goes… we worked hard and played just as hard. Hundreds of buyers and supplier stopped by the ConnXus booth for a chance to win a Google Chromecast, Amazon Echo, Apple Watch or a one-year membership for ConnXus Platinum. Take a look at our lucky winners below!

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ConnXus marketing coordinator, Chris Zaleski, with American Red Cross senior supplier diversity manager, Jillnell Joiner at the 2017 NMSDC Business Opportunity Exchange


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Apple Watch Winner: Sheila Liszka, Manager of Procurement Services for Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, a regional wholesale bank providing financial services for residential housing and economic development to 662-member stockholders in the FHLB System’s Fifth District of Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.


Amazon Echo Winner: Sydni Craig-Hart, Founder & CEO of Smart Simple Marketing, a content marketing agency that helps small businesses, non-profits and tech companies meet their marketing and revenue goals.

Amazon Echo Winner: Sydni Craig-Hart, Founder & CEO of Smart Simple Marketing, a content marketing agency that helps small businesses, non-profits and tech companies meet their marketing and revenue goals.


Google Chromecast Winner: John Mirka, V.P. of Customer Relations and Support for THORS eLearning Solutions, a provider of engaging online education and productivity tools that enlighten and empower manufacturing industry

Google Chromecast Winner: John Mirka, V.P. of Customer Relations and Support for THORS eLearning Solutions, a provider of engaging online education and productivity tools that enlighten and empower manufacturing industry


ConnXus Platinum Winner: Paresh Mahale, Design Engineer for Detroit Engineered Products, an engineering solutions and product development company covering several industry sectors such as automotive, defense, aerospace, biomed, energy, oil & gas, consumer products and heavy equipment.

ConnXus Platinum Winner: Paresh Mahale, Design Engineer for Detroit Engineered Products, an engineering solutions and product development company covering several industry sectors such as automotive, defense, aerospace, biomed, energy, oil & gas, consumer products and heavy equipment.

“Supplier diversity and supplier inclusion is  very important to ConnXus” says ConnXus co-founder and chief operations officer, Daryl Hammett. “Not only is supplier diversity and inclusion socially responsible but, given the numbers associated with increasing supplier diversity, it makes good business sense too.”