Diverse Suppliers are Encouraged to Attend Conference to Make Connections with NJ Utilities

Early registration provides participants with greater opportunities for one-on-one meetings with supply chain representatives

Sep 21, 2011, 15:52 ET from Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)

NEWARK, N.J., Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Diverse suppliers are encouraged to register for an upcoming conference that will help them make inroads with some of New Jersey's biggest businesses.

The Supplier Diversity Development Council's annual conference will be held on September 27th at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel in Elizabeth. It will help small, minority, women and service-disabled veteran owned businesses make the connections that will help them do business with some of New Jersey's largest companies.

Attendees will have access to buyers from the state's largest utilities - including water, electric, cable, and telephone companies. They will have an opportunity to network with other small businesses and the potential to meet one-on-one with supply chain representatives that are looking for specific products and services. AT&T, AGL Resources, Comcast, JCP&L/First Energy, New Jersey American Water, New Jersey American Resources, Orange & Rockland, Pepco, PSEG, South Jersey Gas, United Water, and Verizon are among the utilities that will be represented.

Attendees will also gain insights from a panel of prime contractors including ABB Inc., Copper Power Supply Systems, GE Energy, Henkels and McCoy, and J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc. on how to strategically position themselves to increase procurement opportunities as subcontractors.

"The BPU has been a leader on the issue of diversifying access to business opportunities within the utility arena to businesses owned by minorities, women and disabled veterans.  These businesses offer unique skills and perspectives-- and so this conference is a great opportunity to bring MWBEs and the utilities together," said Lee Solomon, President of the NJ Board of Public Utilities.

To make this year's conference part of your success story, register at www.sddc-nj.org.

"This is a great opportunity for minority and women owned businesses to make connections with utilities," said Susan Hogan, supplier diversity manager for PSEG. "I hope that people will save the date, register early, and spread the word to their colleagues and business partners. The more people who attend, the more valuable the experience will be."

The Supplier Diversity Development Council (SDDC), chartered by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, remains committed to assisting small, minority, women-owned and service-disabled veteran owned businesses develop business relationships with the regulated companies throughout the state.  

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