AT&T Matchmaker Event Introduces Minority Business to Major Suppliers

Dallas, Texas, August 26, 2010

AT&T*, working with the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the Maryland /District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development Council recently made it possible for selected local minority-owned businesses to meet its key supply chain executives as well as those from some of its largest suppliers.

The event was the third in a series being held nationwide by AT&T as part of its Diversity Business Matchmaker series.  Upcoming events will be held in Atlanta and Chicago later this year. 

About 50 minority-owned firms with capabilities in managed services, legal services, marketing, financial services and application software development were invited to attend the DC event.  All firms had pre-qualified with a minimum of three years in business and $3 million in annual revenues.

During the event they met with representatives from AT&T’s Supply Chain as well as with representatives from Bechtel, Ericsson, Accenture, Amdocs NCR and others. 

“This event demonstrates AT&T’s ongoing commitment to leveling the economic playing field for qualified minority vendors,” said Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. Founder & President – Rainbow PUSH Coalition in his remarks at the event.  “They will land contracts – not merely contacts,” he added.

“AT&T is committed to increasing its supplier diversity, said Marianne Strobel, executive director, AT&T Global Supplier Diversity. “These important minority business matchmaker events are one of the many initiatives we have in place to create opportunities for minority-owned businesses to grow and play a larger role in the economy.”

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