Photo gallery: Diversity supplier expo at MCC-Business & Technology

Thanks to everyone who participated! It was a successful day with strong turnout. Here are some pictures from the event.

(Photos by Ernie Webb and Chris Kelly)

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The third annual “Relationships to Partnerships” Midwest Supplier Diversity Exposition brought together minority- and women-owned businesses to showcase their products and services. The event was May 18 at the Metropolitan Community College-Business & Technology campus.

The expo, in Business & Technology’s Exhibit Hall A, was sponsored by MCC’s human resources and purchasing departments in conjunction with the Midwest Supplier Diversity Planning Committee, which consists of supplier diversity advocates from the private, public and nonprofit sectors. This planning committee formed as a collaborative group to unify efforts to promote supplier diversity in the Greater Kansas City region.

The expo was designed to introduce minority-owned businesses to procurement officers from the public and private sectors and to foster networking among the various entrepreneurs.

“The event was a huge success,” says Chris Kelly, MCC’s supplier diversity program coordinator. “We had a large group of businesses from diverse fields who were able to connect and learn. As an educational institution, Metropolitan Community College works to educate our community and business leaders about securing contracts and searching for opportunities to partner with diverse businesses.”

About 100 businesses were represented, including companies owned by minorities, women, LGBTQ individuals, veterans and service-disabled veterans, as well as HUB (historically underutilized business) zone enterprises.

Some of the businesses on hand included catering services, promotional products, electrical services/supplies, plumbing services, office supplies, furniture, marketing services, advertising services, restoration and environmental services, various consulting services, athletic uniforms/gear, janitorial services/supplies, landscaping services and engineering services.

Admission was free.

If you want to learn more about this program and other minority supplier diversity programs at MCC contact Chris Kelly, MCC’s supplier diversity program coordinator, at or 816.604.1106.

The supplier diversity program is managed and supported by MCC’s Chief of Staff Kathy Walter-Mack.

Supporting partners:

  • Kansas City Area Transportation Authority  (KCATA)
  • The Central Exchange
  • Stowers Institute for Medical Research
  • Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L)
  • Heartland Black Chamber Of Commerce
  • Kansas City, Kansas Unified Government
  • Women’s Business Center
  • Midwest Women’s Business Enterprise Council
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • DST
  • Hispanic Chamber
  • Kansas City National Security Campus
  • Missouri Department of Transportation
  • Black & Veatch
  • Sprint
  • Kiewit Power Engineers
  • City of Kansas City, Missouri

Testimonials from a few of those who attended this year:

  • “Cartwright Tree Care has participated in the Midwest Supplier Diversity Expo for two years. We have gained a lot of diverse business relationships, friendships and valuable information!” — Desiree Collier, Cartwright Tree Care
  • “We met quite a few new businesses that we will be working with, and our members that participated all were impressed with the event. Thank you and the rest of the team for all that you do to help our W/MBEs in Kansas City.” — Gabriel Munoz, director of sales, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • “Thank you to the committee for putting together the Midwest Diversity Expo 2016. Starrtek had a booth at the expo, and greatly appreciated the opportunity to be a part of it. Meeting,  getting to know and finding opportunities to partner with other local businesses has been extremely important in growing Starrtek to the company it is today. This expo provided us with numerous opportunities for growth of individual companies. Starrtek will very possibly bring in a number of new clients due to the connections made at the Expo. Thank you for the hard work in a very successful event!” –– Mary Moeller, Starrtek LLC