The Arizona Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the 11th Annual Business Diversity Summit on Friday, August 26, 2022, in a virtual format. The event recognizes Minority-owned Businesses and Diversity Spend in Arizona. Join more than 500 of the state’s entrepreneurs and procurement executives, community leaders, industry leaders, and public officials as they share the latest business insights and best practices on diversity and inclusion. Major components include the annual inductions into the Arizona Million Dollar Circle of Excellence (MDCE) and the presentation of the annual Arizona Minority Business Enterprise Awards.
The annual Business Diversity Summit in August provides the ideal platform to facilitate a meaningful engagement with W/MBEs. This is the perfect opportunity to connect with W/MBEs in Arizona, now 120,000 strong! Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please visit: https://bit.ly/BDS22SPONSORSHIPSto learn more.
This year's 2022 winners are:
MINORITY FIRMS OF THE YEAR
Minority Health Products and Services Firm of the Year: Peptineo, LLC - Sheldon Jordan
Minority Emerging Technology and Industries Firm of the Year: qBotica, LLC
Minority Professional Services Firm of the Year: Clear Cloud Solutions, Inc.
Minority Enterprise of the Year: The Zion Institute, Shawn Pearson
CHAMPIONS OF MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Access to Capital Award: Raza Development Fund, the late Eric Salazar
This year's speakers include:
Jim Rounds, President, Rounds Consulting Group
Miguel Estién, Acting National Director, MBDA
About the Million Dollar Circle of Excellence
The AZHCC in collaboration with our Arizona MBDA Business Center and other partner agencies will once again celebrate the collaborative AZ MDCE. The AZ MDCE, program, spotlights and recognizes companies that have spent at least $1 million in procurement with minority and women-owned suppliers in the last fiscal year within Arizona.
The Business Diversity Program will be followed with a digital recognition campaign. The combination of initiatives provides valuable tools to small business, highlights their achievements, as well as corporate investment in supplier diversity, actively pairs buyers and suppliers, and provides insight into companies leading the way in Diversity & Inclusion.