Programs geared to help small businesses prosper

COMMUNITY PARTNERS—Doris Carson Williams, President and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania and Valarie Cofield, President and CEO of the Eastern Minority Supplier Diversity Council share a moment with Lance Hyde, EQTs’ Supplier Diversity Manager. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)
COMMUNITY PARTNERS—Doris Carson Williams, President and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania and Valarie Cofield, President and CEO of the Eastern Minority Supplier Diversity Council share a moment with Lance Hyde, EQTs’ Supplier Diversity Manager. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)

Activities have continuously been occurring to prepare prime and sub-prime businesses for procurement opportunities throughout the region. Organizations often conduct workshops, seminars and trade fairs while large corporations and businesses frequently sponsor prime contractors and matchmaking events.

August 12 and 13 of this week the Fourth Annual Supplier Diversity Matchmaking Event, a national initiative took place in Canonsburg.  Registered businesses received free Growth Training offered by the Shell Oil Company. Participating sponsors and their prime suppliers met with qualified suppliers who have the capacity and capability to work in the Marcellus region of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, Eagle Ford, the Permian Basin, the Gulf Coast, North Dakota and Colorado. The theme of this weeks’ supplier diversity event is Building Capacity, Making Connections.

Construction and maintenance services, cranes, drilling and construction, drilling materials, electronics, fencing, fuel, machinery and equipment, safety services and well services equipment are a few of the many types of goods and services major companies and corporations like the EQT Corporation are seeking.

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