MHCC 7th Annual Diversity Matchmaker Highlights
Over 200 attendees joined MHCC, corporate purchasing decision makers, HBE/MBE/WBE production suppliers and HBE non-production suppliers at the 7th Annual MHCC Diversity Matchmaker Event at the elegant Henry Hotel in Dearborn.
Sponsored by Logicorp Transportation LLC, the event matched certified HBE/MBE/WBE Production and HBE Non-Production Diverse Suppliers with corporate buyers and provided an opportunity for businesses to display their products and services. “The opportunity to bring together diverse suppliers with corporate buyers is one of the ways in which we deliver on our commitment to bringing value to our members,” said MHCC CEO, Gloria Lara.
The MHCC strives to improve economic opportunities for diverse certified suppliers and facilitate meaningful connections between suppliers and corporate buyers. “We are proud of the enormous value our members bring to the table. Our goal is to build on the connections made today, to solidify business relationships tomorrow,” said MHCC Chairman, JoAnn Chavez.
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June Featured Member
Noel Cuellar, CEO, Primera Plastics
Meet Noel Cuellar, CEO of Primera Plastics, a growing plastic injection molding company that continually strives to support and provide opportunity and an environment both in the workplace and in our local community.
Founded in 1994 with just two custom injection molding machines and two employees, Primera Plastics now operates 30 presses out of our award-winning 106,000 square foot combined facilities located in Zeeland, Michigan. Primera Plastics employs over 130 employees. Serving a variety of customers in the automotive, office furniture, and consumers goods industries, Primera Plastics is dedicated to providing the highest quality products and exceeding customer expectations.
Primera Plastics began 23 years ago as a small two-employee, two-machine plastic injection molding company. Humble beginnings? Perhaps. But for CEO Noel Cuellar, humility plus determination results in success, a lesson he learned from his parents early on.
June Featured Corporate Member
Toyota Motor North America
Toyota Motor North America was named to LATINO Magazine’s top 100 companies for Latinos for the fifth consecutive year. The annual list factors in corporate support for the Latino community in the areas of philanthropy, workforce diversity, minority business development and governance.
This year the magazine highlighted Toyota’s Organization for Development of Latinos (TODOS), an employee resource group, which encompasses 600 team members across North America.
“We are honored to be recognized for our commitment to the Latino community, from efforts to empower team members to initiatives to help drive our communities forward,” said Adrienne Trimble, general manager, diversity & inclusion, Toyota Motor North America.
“Hispanic-owned enterprises are some of our key business partners. We’ve done more than $1 billion in business with Latino suppliers to date, and since 2000, we’ve tripled the number of our Hispanic-owned Toyota and Lexus dealerships.”
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The Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce promotes economic advancement, growth and sustainability for its members by enabling access to business opportunities and developmental resources through strategic initiatives. The Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the premier gateway to the state’s 20,000 Hispanic businesses and nearly 500,000 Latino consumers. MHCC serves as an advocate for jobs and economic development by promoting participation in supplier diversity development programs and international trade with Mexico and other Latin American countries. Established in September of 1989, MHCC is a 501 (c)(6) nonprofit business association governed by a Board of Directors that represents the business diversity of its membership.