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More than 20 Federal Agencies Get an ‘A’ Grade on SBA 2015 Procurement Scorecard

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The U.S. federal government spent over 25% of its contracting dollars in fiscal year 2015 with small businesses, giving the government a grade of “A” on the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Procurement Scorecard. The SBA released the scorecard earlier this week, showing the federal government surpassed its goal of having 23% of prime contracting procurement dollars go toward small businesses. In all, the government spent $90.7 billion during 2015 on contracts with small businesses, or 25.75% of its contracting dollars.

Rose Kelly-Falls: Women in Procurement

Rose Kelly-Falls knew she wanted a career where she would be deeply involved in business, something that empowered her to make important decisions. She also knew she wanted to work in some capacity with manufacturing. As a young professional, she didn’t know exactly that perfect job would be. Her experience working in operations at clothing companies in New York City after college would serve as her point of entry into procurement — a field she quickly realized she would pursue throughout her career.

Entelo Recruiting System Helping Companies Find Diverse Candidates

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There is a reason companies strive to have a diverse workforce — and if they are not, they should. Research has shown diversity produces a number of tangible benefits, such as company innovation and increased revenue. Recruiting and selecting diverse candidates is the first step to improving diversity at an organization. Entelo, a recruiting platform with specific diversity features, is helping companies source women and minority candidates to meet diversity goals.

Government Hits Goal of Spending 5% of Contracting Dollars with Women-Owned Businesses — or Did It?


The U.S. government said 5.05% of its fiscal year 2015 contracting dollars were awarded to women-owned small businesses, hitting a goal it set back in 1994. The Small Business Administration (SBA) reported the $17.8 billion awarded to women-owned businesses in 2015 is a “historic contracting achievement,” for the government and sets a new standard upon which to build.

Report: Minority-Owned Suppliers Lack Access to Capital, Education Around Financing Options

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Minority-owned businesses often lack access to the capital needed to compete and grow in their market, a new study released by the National Minority Supplier Development Council shows. Many minority business enterprise (MBE) suppliers have little or no knowledge of the opportunities available for obtaining capital, making education key for survival. NMSDC’s survey of 456 MBE suppliers showed the majority of the organizations had little to no knowledge about the types of financing available, such as private equity, angel investors and mezzanine financing.

The Folly of the Staples-Essendant Deal: If It Sounds Too Good to Be True…


Staples recently announced it plans to divest $550 million of corporate B2B contracts to one of its main suppliers, the wholesaler Essendant. Staples is trying to appease the FTC, which filed suit against Staples late last year to prevent its planned acquisition of Office Depot. As George R.R. Martin, author behind the novels that led to the HBO series Game of Thrones, once wrote, “When you play the game of thrones you win or you die.” And in this case, Staples appears to be fighting a battle to the breakup fee death, defending its own version of The Wall. But bad fantasy analogies aside, if you read what Staples CEO Ron Sargent says, it all sounds so good. And it probably is. But as the saying goes, “If it sounds too good to be true…”

MHI Panel Discussion Will Focus on Women Talent in Supply Chain


MHI, the trade association for materials handling, logistics and supply chain professionals, will feature a forum dedicated to women in the supply chain at its annual conference, MODEX, this spring. Called “It’s Not Just for the Guys Anymore,” the panel discussion on April 5 will focus on the challenges women face working in the supply chain field, which has historically been male-dominated.

Nancy Kallusch: Women in Procurement

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Nancy Kallusch has more than 15 years of procurement experience. She also has a law degree. How she went from legal to procurement has been an “evolutionary” experience, perhaps even unexpected. Yet she feels her career has also developed organically and landed her in a position that, similar to legal practice, involves working with clients and engaging with people. However, unlike her personal experience in law, she feels her role in procurement allows her to have a greater impact on the business.

Contingent Workforce Procurement, Supplier Diversity Programs, and Inclusiveness at VMSA Live

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VMSA Live, which will be held Feb. 8–11 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, brings together and sets in motion all the parts of the contingent workforce supply chain in an intimate setting designed for interaction and practical learning. “Inclusiveness” is one of key principles that defines this conference. Inclusion can occur in a variety of settings, but one important manifestation is diversity supplier programs, a topic that will be featured this year at VMSA Live.

Debra Adkins: Women in Procurement

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Debra Adkins is the contingent workforce program manager at Jeppesen Sanderson Inc., a Boeing company. It’s a role she never would have picked for herself — in fact, she never thought she would be working in procurement at all — but it has become a position she is passionate about.

Mickey North Rizza: Women in Procurement

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Mickey North Rizza, vice president of strategic services at BravoSolution, calls herself a “natural problem solver.” From earlier in her career as a buyer, she was constantly asking questions, trying to determine why things were done a certain way, searching for the source of a problem and researching possible solutions. “There wasn’t necessarily always an answer for me, which was fine,” she admits. “But I wanted to find the better way.”

Marcheta Gillespie: Women in Procurement

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Marcheta Gillespie has worked in public procurement for nearly 25 years, starting in an entry-level buyer position with the City of Tucson and rising to become the director of the city’s procurement organization, where she oversees a staff of nearly 40 people and an annual budget that ranges from $250 million to about $450 million. But back in the early ‘90s, as a college senior at the University of Arizona soon to graduate with a business degree, Marcheta had never heard of a “buyer.”