Free iPads & Free Food – Main CampusJuly 18th, 2012
UT’s support to the community involves the UT Diversity Supplier Program. This program is an institutional commitment to making contract and service opportunities available to minority, women and veteran owned business enterprises. Join us on Friday, July 20 from 11 am -2 pm on the Centennial Mall (Main Campus) to meet some of the small business owners who furnish some of the goods and services we use at the first Supply UT event. Enjoy a free BBQ and music from WXUT! There will also be three iPad drawings at: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm – you must be present to win. This event is provided by the Division of External Affairs, Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement, Department of Purchasing and University Marketing and Communications.
Every big business was a small business at some point. Just ask Mark Zuckerberg,
founder and CEO of Facebook or any big business for that matter. People often don’t realize the work it takes to develop a business. To make a business flourish requires a lot of hard work. It’s not unusual for a small business owner to maneuver as a one person show for a while. He/she is likely to function in every capacity of the business until it becomes strong enough to bring others on board. So a small business owner may be the President/CEO when trying to sell his/her goods; he/she may be the Secretary when preparing a bid application or perhaps the janitor if the office must be cleaned.
In case you didn’t know, we have our own Minority Business Development Center (MBDC) located on the Scott Park Campus of Energy and Innovation. UT provides assistance and nurturing to the tenants to help foster economic growth in this community. The challenge is always to find the right fit between a business and a receiver. We have invited approximately twenty-five minority, women and veteran owned businesses to be present for the Supply UT event. Come out to meet them and have a great start to your weekend.
A job fair will be hosted by UT Human Resources &Talent Development. The job fair will take place simultaneously and in the same location as the vendor event. Please help spread the word that employment information and job opportunities will be available from UT and other community resources.
Dorothy Spurlock is director of diversity and inclusion in the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement. She believes that interacting successfully with diverse people begins with a healthy measure of respect and appreciation of similarities, not differences. Ms. Spurlock is committed to supporting UT’s mission to create an environment that values and fosters diversity at all levels of the institution. She also believes that as a major strength in Toledo (and beyond), UT should lead the way and be an outstanding example to the community by demonstrating the benefits and necessity of diversity in all that we do. Dorothy is a graduate of Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo) and has been a successful business owner and an elected official. She has been a member of the UT family for 11 years.
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