DETROIT, Jan. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC) is pleased to announce that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is now a corporate sponsor.
"This support is expected to lead to significant business opportunities for our certified Service Disabled and Veteran-Owned Businesses," said Keith King, President of the NVBDC.
According to Ms. Lynn Garrison, Supplier Diversity Administrator, Corporate Procurement at BCBS of Michigan, the NVBDC has familiarized the BCBS Procurement Buyers, Managers and Staff with its services.
"Mr. King was a speaker at our 'Doing Business With' series," Ms. Garrison said. "The goal was to give the buyers and staff a better understanding and awareness of the importance of working with diverse businesses, as well as how this affects the community - and essentially circles back around to the company."
Jim Line, Senior Director, Corporate Procurement, agrees. "Diversity and inclusion at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is vital to the success of our organization in many aspects. We look for opportunities to form partnerships and strategic alliances to further expand our commitment to diversity and inclusion, both internally and externally."
Diversity initiatives at BCBS of Michigan are highly developed; the company is committed to ensuring access to opportunities to a broad range of companies owned by groups such as SD/VOBs, minorities, women and more.
"Ms. Lynn Garrison is a true Veteran Champion, and by allowing us to speak to their purchasing group, she has opened the doors to new prospects for our Veteran Business Owners," said Mr. King.
The NVBDC has a searchable data base of its certified SD/VOBs and each Veteran Owned company is issued a Certificate showing their status as a SD or VOB. Certificates are dated with an expiration date; each Certificate is numbered for tracking and accountability, and an SD/VOB 'badge' is issued for their use.
The NVBDC Certification Committee is supporting Certified Veteran Owned Businesses throughout all 50 United States and US territories.
The National Veteran Business Development Council is a nonprofit 501C3 organization dedicated to certifying Service Disabled and Veteran-Owned businesses of ALL sizes. The NVBDC assists the advancement and growth of veterans who pursue the dream of owning and operating a business.
Please visit us at: www.nvbdc.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/nvbdc.
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SOURCE National Veteran Business Development Council