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Local Corporation
of the Year Award

Excellence in Supplier Diversity

This is the highest award presented to a current local corporate member of the FSMSDC. The Corporation
of the Year consistently demonstrates a commitment to minority purchasing, technical & managerial
assistance and sponsorship of minority programs.These companies have or are striving to establish world-
class supplier diversity programs.

Local Corporation of the Year Nominees
Florida Blue

Florida Blue works to maintain a supplier base that reflects the diversity of its market.
The company supports organizations and programs that certify, train and develop
diverse suppliers. Florida Blue partners with companies that can provide innovative
and competitive solutions to improve their supply chain. As part of Florida Blue’s
supplier diversity program, the company mentors diverse suppliers and participates
in workshops and networking events to identify qualified suppliers and to support
the growth and development of minority businesses. Some of Florida Blue’s suppliers
include SHI International Corp.,TouchPoint, Sage Solutions Consulting and Zeomega.

Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt Cancer Center recognizes the importance of supplier diversity in all aspects
of its business and procurement practices and actively encourages the development,
utilization and economic growth of certified Minority,Women,Veteran, and Service
Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Enterprises. Moffitt hosts regular educational and
community outreach activities to inform vendors about doing business with Moffitt.
Supplier Diversity goals are a center-wide commitment that is supported by leadership
from the top down. Moffitt’s staff has access to an online diversity reporting tool to
track their diversity expenditure reports quarterly to ensure that they are meeting the
organization’s supplier diversity goals. Freedom Solutions, AMD, MarkMaster, MLI
Graphic Solutions are some of the MBE suppliers that do business with Moffitt.

Orange County Public Schools
Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) is the 10th-largest school district in the
United States and the fourth largest in Florida. It serves approximately 208,000
students (projected 2017-18) at 191 schools and is the second-largest employer in
Central Florida, with approximately 23,000 team members. Orange County Public
Schools direct purchase orders with MBEs and subcontracting with diverse suppliers
were approximately $155 million last fiscal year in all areas of goods and services,
including construction-related purchases. Firms such as Amitesh, an office supply
vendor; Fermatex, which provides printing services; and ACY Construction are some
of their MBE suppliers. OCPS actively participates and retains memberships with 10
organizations that directly impact minority businesses, including the Black Business
Investment Fund (BBIF), the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce, the
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Prospera (formerly HBIF).Through FSMSDC,
OCPS has been recognized as Advocate of the Year three times and staff have been
recognized as Buyer of theYear.

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