Photo gallery: Midwest Supplier Diversity Exposition 2017

Metropolitan Community College experienced another rewarding gathering for this year’s Midwest Supplier Diversity Exposition.

The free event on May 10 at the MCC-Business and Technology campus provided a great networking opportunity for dozens of diverse business owners and vendors, as they seek to answer procurement needs.

Supplier Diversity Program Coordinator Chris Kelly shared her photos and testimonials from participants. Plans are already underway for next year’s event.


  • “Out all the events we attend both local and national, yours has been not only the most well-organized but also the most fruitful for minority owned businesses such as ours.” —  Michael Olyaee , iDataLytics
  • “We are truly blessed to have such a great advocate such as yourself (Kelly) who not only talks the talk but also walks the walk and helps bring business leaders and WBE/MBE’s together. Thanks for a great show! I met a lot of great people and made some new contacts.” — Gordon Carlson, Alexander Mechanical Contractors
  • “Thank you for planning such a beneficial event. We enjoyed the opportunity to participate.” — Karen Crnkovich, DMC Service
  • “I want to thank you for the great event today! You did a fabulous job!” Tracey Hawkins, aka “Tracey, the Safety Lady.” Safety and Security Source
  • “We made some good connections with employers who have veterans affinity groups. Those contacts should enable Veterans Upward Bound to reach more veterans in the greater Kansas City area and inform them of our mission to help them reach their post-secondary education goals.” — Gerald Beechum, MCC–Penn Valley Veterans Upward Bound
  • “Thank you so much for all you do for our community.  You just keep on inspiring us, year after year after year!” — Mark Smith, Hallmark

Enjoy some photos from the event below, For the full album, click here to view images on Facebook.

For more information about MCC’s Supplier Diversity program, click here.

Participating partners:

  • Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City
  • Black & Veatch
  • DST
  • Hallmark
  • Heartland Black Chamber Of Commerce
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
  • Kansas City Power & Light
  • Kiewit Corporation
  • Kansas City National Security Campus
  • Sprint
  • Stowers Institute for Medical Research
  • Kansas City Kansas Unified Government
  • Women Construction Owners & Executives USA
  • Women’s Business Development Center