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Published on August 6th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


CVMSDC Impacts Columbia, SC at Business Opportunity Conference

Pictured above; Kendall Taylor, Metro Transportation and R&B Singer Fantasia at the CVMSDC awards gala. Photo by Calvin Reese, Millennium Magazine. See other photos from event below feature.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – “Innovation” in supplier diversity was celebrated during the Aug. 4 awards gala of the Business Opportunity Conference presented by Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council, CVMSDC, at the Columbia Convention Center in Columbia, SC.

Eric Watson CVMSDC

Eric Watson

Eric Watson, CVMSDC president and CEO, said, “This year’s theme for BOC is Innovation: The Key to Our Future, reinforcing the reality that in order to succeed, corporations and minority businesses will need to adapt to a changing landscape and business environment. The Business Opportunity Conference offers another opportunity to Innovate our work, Elevate our brand, and Transform our model to support economic development in Virginia and the Carolinas.

The two-day supplier diversity conference also featured a golf tournament, business matchmaking sessions, a business opportunity tradeshow, and theatrical depiction titled “Reality That Drives Innovation Through Our Lenses.” Tuesday morning’s general session speaker was business professor and author of “Winning With Customers,” D. Keith Pigues, who presented on the topic, “Creating a New Model for Supplier Diversity.”

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 and BOC, visit online at and follow #2014BOC on social media.

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CVMSDC Board member Sonya Cunningham (l) joins board chair Chiquitha Lloyd to kick off the awards gala 

And the winners are!!!           
CVMSDC presents supplier diversity Regional Corporation of the Year award to Dominion Resources.
CVMSDC presents supplier diversity Public-Private Corporation of the Year award to the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.
CVMSDC presents supplier diversity Buyer of the Year Award to Stephanie Jones of Merck.
CVMSDC presents supplier diversity Advocate of the Year Award to Kevin Price of Novant Health.
CVMSDC presents supplier diversity Coordinator of the Year Award to Debbie Osborne-Moreno of Enterprise.
CVMSDC presents MBE Class III Supplier of the Year Award to Tyrone Harmon of RJ Leeper Construction.
CVMSDC presents MBE Class II Supplier of the Year Award to Geoff Foster of Core Technology.
CVMSDC presents MBE Class I Supplier of the Year Award to Kenston Griffin of DreamBuilders Communications.
CVMSDC presents supplier diversity National Corporation of the Year award to Compass Group.

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One Response to CVMSDC Impacts Columbia, SC at Business Opportunity Conference

  1. James Wallace says:

    This was a great event! I’m looking forward to the NMSDC event in Orlando. Thank you CVMSDC!

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