Supplier Diversity Forum

Supplier Diversity Forum


The Supplier Diversity Forum

offered by the West Virginia Women’s Business Center

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT


Click HERE to register for the Forum.

Click HERE to apply for Advantage Valley's $500 mini grants funded by BB&T (now Truist) to assist with the cost of certifications.  



About this Event:

The Supplier Diversity Forum helps minority suppliers pursue, win, and successfully maintain corporate and government contracts. Hosted by Advantage Valley, Truist, West Virginia State University EDC, and theWV Women's Business Center, this 3-hour virtual forum is designed to increase the number of successful minority-owned, woman-owned and other disadvantaged small suppliers in West Virginia.


Attendees will understand how to:

* Research and prepare for supplier opportunities

* How to obtain important certifications

* How to recognize the right opportunities for your business 

* How to finance growth from successful contracts


Representatives from a variety of industries including state and federal government, manufacturing, retail and finance will discuss what diversity suppliers mean to their business, and what opportunities are available for suppliers. This event is open to women-owned, minority-owned, veteran and LGBT-owned businesses, as well as disadvantaged and HUBZone businesses. PLUS: Truist CRA will offer ten $500 grants to assist with the cost of certifications. 


Who Should Attend: 

Any small business to wants to qualify as a diverse supplier, including cleaning services, building and landscape maintenance, HVAC contracts, accounting, legal, IT, real estate services, office décor, manufacturers, food products, and more. 


Featured Panelists:


Muriel Garr, Truist (formerly BB&T)

Sheila Mixon, WBEC-ORV

Cheri Henderson, Tri-State Minority Development Council

Melissa Loder, WV SBA District Office

Sommer Straight, Regional Contracting Assistance Center

LeShaun Smedley, Kroger 

Eva Hajian, West Virginia University

Shamieka Johnson, WV Department of Highways

Cindy Fish, WV Public Transit Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

Erin Caudill, Toyota

Debra Martin, WV SBDC

Nora Myers, WV Women’s Business Center

Tiffany Ellis-Williams, WV State University EDC

Kevin O’Connor, NCI Fund

Terrell Ellis, Advantage Valley


Hosted by Advantage Valley, BB&T (now Truist), West Virginia State University EDC, and the WV Women's Business Center, this 3-hour virtual forum is designed to assist any minority-owned or disadvantaged small business in the pursuit of supplier and procurement opportunities.


Advantage Valley will be offering up to twenty $500 grants funded by BB&T (now Truist) to assist with the cost of certifications.  Please click HERE for the fillable online application.


Registration is free and closes at 8am on April 28th.


West Virginia Women’s Business Center


Headquartered in Charleston, WV with a satellite office in Fairmont, WV, the WV WBC serves all 55 of the state’s counties and exists to support anyone with a dream or idea—regardless of their background, age, or previous experience—with the right tools to get it off the ground or take it to the next level.  Assisting women, minority, veteran and disabled-owned small businesses with Supplier Diversity and Procurement opportunities and support.