MCC makes connections at forum for diverse business owners

2017 marks the fifth year Metropolitan Community College is hosting an event that helps the Kansas City area community grow stronger, as it provides a unique opportunity for local businesses and organizations to make diverse connections.

On Tuesday, March 14, the Human Resource and Purchasing Department of Metropolitan Community College, in partnership with DST, Hallmark, JE Dunn, Kiewit, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Kansas City Power and Light and Kansas City Public Schools are providing a “Procurement One-on-One” Outreach Business Forum at MCC-Penn Valley, 3201 Southwest Trafficway, Kansas City, Mo. 64111, Education Center, EC0019.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to noon.

The forum “Making the Connection” is designed to bring regional institutions, municipalities and state and federal government entities together in one venue to meet with Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, LGBT-Owned, Veteran-Owned, Service-Disabled – Veteran-Owned, and Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUB-Zone) entities.

“It’s our way of giving back to our community and supplying diversity,” says MCC’s supplier diversity coordinator Chris Kelly. She applauded the business partners who are helping with outreach and connecting people. Kelly says, “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.”

After last year’s forum, Gabriel Munoz, director of sales, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce commented, “We met quite a few new businesses that we will be working with, and our members that participated all were impressed with the event.” The chamber will be back this year.

Below is a list of the businesses and organizations, of which several are first-time attendees, who will be meeting with the diverse business owners. Approximately 150 diverse business owners are registered.

Participants in “Making the Connection”:

  • AMC Theatres Inc.
  • Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa
  • Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City
  • Black & Veatch
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
  • Builders Association
  • City of Kansas City, MO
  • City of Olathe, KS
  • DST
  • Enerfab Power & Industrial, Inc.
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • FHLBank Topeka
  • Hallmark
  • Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway
  • Isle of Capri
  • JE Dunn
  • Johnson County Kansas Government
  • Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
  • Kansas City Chamber
  • Kansas City Kansas Public Schools
  • Kansas PTAC
  • Kansas City Public Schools
  • Kansas City Power & Light
  • Kansas Department of Commerce
  • KCSourceLink
  • Kansas City Southern Railway Company
  • Kiewit
  • Metropolitan Community College
  • Mid America Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
  • Multicultural Business Coalition
  • Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT)
  • Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council
  • DOE’s National Security Campus managed by Honeywell
  • Office of Equal Opportunity-State of Missouri Office of Administration
  • Orbital ATK
  • Sprint
  • Stowers Institute For Medical Research
  • Unified Government of Wyandotte County
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. General Services Administration
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Veterans Health Administration
  • Women’s Business Development Center
  • ThinkingBigger
  • UMKC Women of Color


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

For more information about MCC’s procurement initiatives, contact Chris Kelly at or call 816-604-1106.