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EDC hosts workshop on diversifying supplier opportunities

October 8, 2019

As part of its inclusive growth initiative, EDC hosted individuals for a supplier diversity forum that included more than 20 entities in the region with large purchasing and procurement capacity.

The purpose of the forum was to promote the importance of large companies in supporting small and diverse businesses through their procurement and purchasing decisions. Though many large firms in San Diego procure billions of dollars of good and service each year, local small businesses struggle to compete for their attention. Additionally, the large buyers in the room shared their goals, processes, and challenges in reaching San Diego’s small, diverse, and disadvantaged businesses.

Following the supplier diversity forum, EDC also hosted a networking reception with Apple’s Supplier Diversity team. This gave attendees an opportunity to learn about the tech giant’s goals and objectives as the company continues to unfold its expansion plans for a new San Diego campus. The reception included 75 attendees from diverse suppliers in both construction and operations.