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Published on January 20th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council to Host 2015 Annual Meeting

Pictured CVMSDC president and CEO Eric Watson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Corporations, industry leaders and champions of supplier diversity will headline the agenda for Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council’s two-day Annual Meeting at the Raleigh Marriott City Center, located in downtown Raleigh, NC on Jan. 28-29. Wednesday evening activities include entertainment, a cocktail reception, and an awards reception honoring the work and contributions of Andrea Harris, senior fellow for The Institute (formerly the N.C. Institute of Minority Economic Development).

Thursday will feature a Year in Review presentation, and revealing of the Council’s new logo by CVMSDC president and CEO Eric Watson. The business meeting will include discussions for supplier development professionals on trends and changes in public policy and corporate policy; leadership development sessions for minority business owners; a luncheon featuring retired PepsiCo executive Maurice Cox on “The Importance of Elevating Your Brand in Today’s Business Environment”; and an afternoon presentation titled, “Elevating My Work and Capturing the Eye of the C-Suite,” featuring Tiffany Eubanks-Saunders, Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Services for Bank of America. The theme for the annual meeting is “Elevating Our Brand.” A complete itinerary and registration links are available online at

This year’s event also offers new opportunities for Minority Business Enterprises that participate. CVMSDC corporate members will sponsor customized leadership and economic development sessions, and all registered MBEs will be eligible to receive educational and executive training scholarships in: Leadership Development (sponsored by Sonoco); CEO Academy (Wells Fargo); Doing Business With the Government (Dominion); or Succession Planning (Ferguson).

Watson said, “Elevating our brand at CVMSDC is not a singular act. We expressly feel the brands of our Corporate Members and MBEs—along with our strategic partners—all benefit from the success of the Council.”

The Carolinas-Virginia MSDC is a non-profit corporation chartered to enhance business opportunities for minority-owned companies by providing support through developing mutually beneficial networking opportunities with corporate members and promoting minority business development. To learn more about CVMSDC or to register for the Annual Meeting, visit online at


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