According to a Press Release by the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council (ChicagoMSDC), Illinois State Senator Martin A Sandoval has connected with the organization to agree on a “memorandum of understanding to combine efforts to increase minority participation in state contracting.”  Shelia Morgan, President and CEO of ChicagoMSDC and Senator Sandoval signed the agreement last month and are currently looking to offer opportunities for minority businesses in Illinois.

The relationship will help to identify and promote supplier diversity programs and dedicate “resources to encourage and support efforts to increase supplier diversity across the State of Illinois.” What this means from a practical sense is a bit unclear, however, long term this could be a huge benefit if the state can expand opportunities to qualified diverse suppliers.

Senator Sandoval, who represents Illinois’ 11th District, reiterated his dedication to the advancement of opportunities for minority business enterprises, highlighting his long-standing devotion to promote and advance legislature to increase supplier diversity programs among corporate procurement departments, which led him to establish a Senate Special Committee on Supplier Diversity with the support of Senate President John J. Cullerton.   

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