Entergy’s Minority Business event lures more than 30 firms

17 Mar / Entergy’s Minority Business event lures more than 30 firms

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Entergy Mississippi hosted its 2005 Minority Business Summit in February in Jackson at the Jackson State University eCenter.

More than 30 people representing companies owned by women and/or minorities spent the day listening to presentations on how to do business with Entergy.

“Entergy wants to do business with diverse business groups, but those groups have to know what to expect from us — and what we expect from them,” said Carmen Davis, lead supplier development specialist for Entergy and a Madison County resident.

“Summit meetings such as this are a great way to bring everyone to the table and ensure that we are all on the same page,” she said.

Attendees, representing companies ranging from engineering firms to lawn care businesses, heard presentations on a variety of topics, including safety, risk management requirements and the prequalification process. They also heard presentations from potential partners in the search for business, including the city of Jackson, the Jackson State University Small Business Development Center and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

“The Entergy Minority Business Summit was a huge success,” said John Calhoun, CEO of Integrated Management Services, an engineering firm based in Jackson. “Business leaders were able to gain very useful and practical information.”

Calhoun added that the variety of topics discussed at the summit gave attendees a comprehensive view of the business world.

“This Summit provided an excellent opportunity for women and minority owned businesses to learn what they must do to succeed in today’s competitive market,” he said. “They could also develop strategies to access executives, managers and entrepreneurs who are making a difference at Entergy via business networking opportunities and discover new opportunities for business expansion.”

In 2004, Entergy received a national award for its diversity focus, which included spending more than $1.5 billion with women and minority owned firms since 1992. Calhoun said the summit meeting only reinforced that commitment.

“Entergy delivered a clear message,” he said. “They are seeking to do business with women and minority owned businesses and that the time for these businesses to act is now.”

Entergy Mississippi provides electricity to more than 410,000 customers in 45 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corp.

Minority contractors who want to learn more about doing business with Entergy should call Shannon Brice at (504) 5762312.

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