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Published on November 29th, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff



Photo Caption: CVMSDC President & CEO Dominique Milton (3rd from left) is joined by board members and corporate partners during the Council’s annual 2018 Business Opportunity Conference. 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council hosted its annual MBE Summit recently at the Summit Pointe Conference and Event Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The MBE Summit is a business development event for Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) to strengthen business skills and to connect one-on-one with corporate purchasing representatives seeking new business partners and service providers. MBE Summit 2018 is sponsored by Denny’s. Michelle Hunt, director of supplier diversity and community engagement for Denny’s, said: “As a co-founder of the MBE Summit, our goal was to create a meaningful program that allowed diverse and disadvantaged businesses an opportunity to gain valuable insights, learn from one another, and connect with companies to cultivate business relationships, and the CVMSDC has done just that.”

This year represents the 12th annual MBE Summit. The daylong event features a series of workshops, seminars, panelists and a keynote speaker – along with numerous opportunities for professional networking between MBEs and CVMSDC Corporate Partners. The 2018 theme is “The Future is Now: Winning Closing Strategies for Business Owners,” and the keynote speaker is Angelique Rewers. Other presenters and special guests include: Erwin Carter, CEO of Newbold Services & Peak Workforce Solutions; Kenston Griffin, founder of Dream Builders Communication Inc.; Ronald Harvey, CEO of Global Core Strategies & Consulting; Reggie Kelly, former NFL player and owner of KYVAN Foods; Jamal Lewis, former NFL player and president of Southeast Exhibits and Events; and Ann Marr, vice president of Human Resources for World Wide Technology.

CVMSDC President & CEO Dominique Milton said: “MBE Summit is designed for all levels of business owners. This powerful connecting conference will bring together Corporate Partners and MBEs to make valuable connections through matchmaking, development workshops and networking.”

In addition to sessions for business owners, the MBE Summit also will host college students and young aspiring entrepreneurs as part of its Next Generation initiative from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m during the program. For registration information, visit

About the Council

The Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council is one of 23 regional affiliate councils of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). The Council is a membership organization of major corporations, financial institutions, government agencies and universities that operate within North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. 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. For more information, visit online at


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