December 15, 2014

Upcoming Events 
There are several events coming up on our calendar that are designed specifically for MBEs to learn about corporate opportunities.  We know how busy everyone's schedule is, but these are events often hosted by our corporate members with the expressed purpose of finding out more about you and your business with the ultimate aim, to make you a valuable supplier to their companies.  Here are some events you should consider:  
  • December 18, 2014 - MBE Orientation, GNEMSDC Boston Office at 9:00 am RSVP.
2015 Events - Save the Dates Please!
  • January 28, 2015 - GNEMSDC 1st Quarterly Meeting hosted by Boston Scientific 
  • March 5, 2015 - Business Beyond Gaming, Foxwoods
  • March 25, 2015 - Capital Summit at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • April 10, 2015 - Eds, Meds, and Pharma Supplier Diversity Conference at Boston Convention and Exposition Center
  • April 11, 2015 - GNEMSDC 40th Anniversary Awards Gala, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
  • July 13, 2015 - GNEMSDC Supplier Diversity Golf Classic, Lake of Isles at Foxwoods
  • September 24-25, 2015 - GNEMSDC Trade Expo at Foxwoods
  • November 18, 2015- GNEMSDC - MBDA - CWE Supplier Diversity Best Practices Forum at Fenway Park, Boston, MA
GNEMSDC 40th Anniversary  Annual Sponsorship
We are excited to announce that in 2015, the GNEMSDC will be celebrating 40 years of Minority Business Development and Supplier Diversity.  We hope that all of our certified MBEs and Corporate members will consider being an Annual Sponsor this very special year.  Attached is the Sponsorship Package for 2015.  Your support is greatly needed and appreciated. 
                               Annual Sponsorship Package 2015
Corporate Member of the Week:   Northeastern University

The Procurement Supplier Diversity and Local Program encourages business opportunities for minority business enterprises, women owned business enterprises,  and local small businesses. The Program's goal is to contribute to the economic growth of a diverse business community by contracting with businesses to provide high-quality and cost-effective goods and services to Northeastern University. Procurement Buyers participate in outreach activities throughout the year as a means to meet new, diverse and local suppliers.
Procurement will work with suppliers to ensure that the University's business requirements are mutually beneficial to both parties. 

For more information about Procurement Services at Northeastern University please
MBE of the Week:   GrayMatters Marketing, LLC

GrayMatters Marketing, LLC is a strategic marketing organization that is prided on core research and branding values to identify and implement new program opportunities. This firm is jointly owned by O.B. Gray and Sheri Wilson-Gray and is located in Stamford, CT. GrayMatters has thrived in the industry with a team of marketing and research professionals who have amassed experience in project management and business planning knowledge that have effectively launched a number of growth strategies.
They have serviced a variety of leading companies including but not limited to Saks Fifth Avenue, McDonald's, HBO, AT&T and many more. Gray Matters is introductory marketing program. When receiving services from GrayMatters, no marketing efforts will go unnoticed.

For more information on GrayMatters Marketing, LLC services visit 
or call (203)968-2601.
Penn National Exceeds MBE Goals   

 Congratulations to Penn National and Turner Construction for blowing their MBE and WBE goals out of the water on the construction project in Plainville MA.

For more story on the news click here. 
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According to the Red Cross 40% of businesses do not reopen after a disaster. A Disaster Recovery Plan can increase your chances of survival. Please go to for more information or email Andres Lopez for one on one consultation. Get ready today to develop a Disaster Recovery Plan.
Boston MBDA Client Highlight 
Environmental Integrity Achieves e-Stewards and R2 Recycling Certifications

Environmental Integrity Company, LLC (EIC) is pleased to announce the certification of our Holyoke, Massachusetts based recycling operation to the e-Stewards and R2:2013 Certifications.  The dual certification distinguishes Environmental Integrity as a leader in the electronics recycling industry and demonstrates our due diligence as a responsible recycling partner. The e-Stewards and R2:2013 certifications serve as recognition to the highest standards of environmental, health, safety and data protection policies. Securing such certifications sets Environmental Integrity apart from others in the industry.  "We are very excited about our recent achievements," stated Stephen Czepiel, Business Partner at EIC. "By obtaining the R2 and e-Stewards certifications we are providing our customers with assurance that their end of life electronics will be handled in a secure and responsible manner."

Additionally, Environmental Integrity is now certified to the OSHAS 18001 - Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard and ISO 14001- Environmental Management System Standard. 

About Environmental Integrity:
Environmental Integrity Company, LLC (EIC) is a full service electronic recycling and data destruction company, located in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Environmental Integrity's mission is to provide environmentally friendly electronic recycling services that support our customers' green initiatives, while ensuring data privacy though absolute documented destruction of electronic data and maximizing product re-utilization through repair, re-marketing and recycled material. EIC provides customers with the most comprehensive plan for maximizing value and mitigating risks for their end of life electronics. EIC's current certifications include e-Stewards, R2:2013, OSHAS18001 and ISO 14001.
Please RSVP: 1/21/15 Boston MBDA CEO Roundtable Event 
On Wednesday, January 21 the Boston MBDA Business Center will hold its first Roundtable Event of 2015. This event will be held from 10am - 12pm in the Palladium Room at the Towers in the Copley Place Mall (2 Copley Place, 4th Floor, Boston). For more information or to RSVP, please contact Joanne Wang at

Jonathan DePina, the City of Boston's Assistant Director, Capital Construction in the Property & Construction Management Department will be speaking about opportunities with the city of Boston.

Michael Randazzo, Vice President of Corporate Purchasing for Penn National Gaming, Inc. will discuss procurement opportunities at Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, MA 
CVS Health - State Of Readiness Training Module

 CVS Health has long recognized the value of supplier diversity.  They set goals for utilization of diverse suppliers in business operations and in procurement, and they maintain management accountability for achieving these goals.  In addition, CVS Health supports customer requirements for inclusion of diverse suppliers.
Supplier development is a strong aspect in growing their program. As part of this effort, CVS Health in collaboration with Light Speed, is proud to present to you "Creating the State of Readiness".

Complete "Creating the State of Readiness" training today visiting
GNEMSDC / Prince Lobel Business Holiday Cheer
On behalf of GNEMSDC & MBDA Business Center we would like to sincerely thank Prince Lobel Tye for hosting the Business Holiday Cheer event last Tuesday! Despite the weather, it was a great evening filled with networking and fun. We have received a great feedback regarding the legal seminar topics. Prince Lobel will send out the invitations for complimentary seminars exclusively for MBEs throughout the upcoming year. Keep an eye out for the first seminar invitation in January!
GNEMSDC 2014  Business Holiday Cheer Photos   
Invitations for Bid and Opportunities
  • Fannie Mae is conducting a RFP for General Contractors / Repair Contractors in Maine - for more information visit Fannie Mae Contracting Opportunities .
  • Greater Hartford Transit District - Contracting Opportunities.
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston is seeking a Recruiting Specialist / Contract Recruiter
  • Suffolk Construction  is currently accepting applications for a  Compliance Officer
  • Columbia University is seeking MWBE Vendors. See details Click here.
  • Mass Dept of Revenue has several job openings: MassDOR.
  • Harvard University is committed to increasing their efforts in hiring a more diverse population at Harvard Medical School.  Please visit their career website for employment opportunities.
  • The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's vision revolves around the core notion of excellence in serving the public. They have highly skilled and proud employees and provide meaningful and challenging development opportunities to a diverse workforce. Please visit their career page for additional information and a listing of open positions.
 And Finally...

 Gone Fishin!
In your service,

Dr. Fred