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Published on August 18th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Transformation’ Highlighted at CVMSDC Business Opportunity Conference

Pictured above: CVMSDC Board Members launched the BOC trade show with a ribbon-cutting event on Tuesday, Aug. 4 in Virginia Beach, Va.

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council, in partnership with title sponsor Time Warner Cable, hosted a full house during its annual Business Opportunity Conference Aug. 3-4 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center and Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel. This year’s theme was “Transformation” and several hundred corporate members and minority businesses participated.

BOC speakers included: Scott Vowels, Ph.D., Manager of Supplier Diversity for Apple; Salah Khalaf, former Senior Supplier Diversity Manager for Walmart and current Retail & Strategy Consultant; Sonya Waddell, Regional Economist for the Richmond Federal Reserve; and Maurice Slaughter, Chairman of MS Family Enterprises and owner of three Harley-Davidson dealerships. The two-day supplier development conference also featured: corporate sessions and MBE workshops; a Leadership Breakfast; a Minority Business Enterprise exhibit hall; Connect Zone networking events; and a golf tournament at The Signature at West Neck in Virginia Beach.

The “Seaside” awards presentation recognized Corporate and Supplier honorees: MBE Class I Supplier of the Year, Quality Moving Services; MBE Class II Supplier of the Year, Progressive Business Solutions; MBE Class III Supplier of the Year, Team Henry Enterprises, LLC; MBE Class IV Supplier of the Year, Kerma Medical Products Inc.; 2015 National Corporation of the Year, Bank of America; 2015 Regional Corporation of the Year, Messer Construction Company; 2015 Coordinator of the Year, Sonya Cunningham – Greenville Health System; 2015 Buyer of the Year, Beate Bannon – BMW; and 2015 Advocate of the Year, Mammie Price – SCANA Corporation.

Eric Watson, CVMSDC president and CEO, said, “We want to thank all of our corporate members and Minority Business Enterprises for making this year’s Business Opportunity Conference in Virginia Beach a success. Our focus for the entire year has been on Innovation, Elevation and Transformation, and the discussions and presentations during the BOC reinforced those priorities.”

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 recent BOC activities, visit online at and search #2015BOC on social media.


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