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Benefits Plus Awarded Supplier of the Year by the Minority Supplier Development Council of PA-NJ-DE

Benefits Plus Awarded Supplier of the Year by the Minority Supplier Development Council of PA-NJ-DE

Philadelphia, PA (December 2006) – The Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) of Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware hosted its first annual Awards Gala at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, with Exelon Corporation as the event’s Presenting Sponsor Harriet R. Michel, the President of the National Minority Supplier Development Council was the event’s keynote speaker and one of the event’s distinguished guests.

“A primary objective of the Minority Supplier Development Council is to provide a direct link between Corporate America and minority owned businesses. Chief executives, government decision-makers, and leaders in business and industry choose the Minority Supplier Development Council of PA-NJ-DE to assist in translating diversity to their bottom lines. Our Awards Gala is a great opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of these businesses” said Darlene Jenkins, president & CEO, MSDC of PA-NJ-DE.”

Exelon Corporation, one of the nation’s leading suppliers of natural gas and electricity, was named the MSDC’s 2006 National Corporation of the Year. The Regional Corporation of the Year award went to Highmark, one of the largest health insurers in the United States. Among the award recipients for Minority Owned Business Supplier of the Year Class I was Benefits Plus Consulting Group, Inc. ”BPCG” for its role in fostering entrepreneurial excellence and community leadership. Norma Romero-Mitchell, President & CEO of BPCG proudly accepted the award and credited her staff for the company’s growth and commitment to community service.

According to Jenkins, The MSDC of PA-NJ-DE, a Philadelphia based non-profit organization, is “one of the leading business membership organizations in Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware, certifying minority-owned businesses and creating access to opportunities for them. It is also one of 39 regional councils of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) in the US and Puerto Rico.”

The MSDC of PA-NJ-DE helps MBEs gain valuable exposure to corporate member procurement programs and opportunities. For member corporations, The MDSC is their one source for information, assistance and contacts to enhance their supplier diversity programs. Whether their program goals are to better supply chain solutions, increase access to the growing minority market or meet customer/government compliance requirements, The MSDC provides valuable assistance to help them succeed. The National Minority Supplier Development Council helps corporate members develop, expand, and promote minority business development programs. The NMSDC network matches more than 16,000 certified minority businesses (Asian, Black, Hispanic, and Native American) with its more than 3,600 corporate members, including America’s top publicly-owned, privately-owned and foreign-owned companies, as well as universities, hospitals, and other major buying institutions.

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