Minority Business Owner Makes Majority Connections

Business development council makes it possible

By Bob Hansen
|  Monday, Jul 26, 2010  |  Updated 8:33 PM PDT
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Sometimes Success Needs a Helping Hand

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Minority owned businesses look for ways to connect to major corporations.

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Sometimes Success Needs a Helping Hand

The San Diego Minority Supplier Development Council brings big business and small minority-owned businesses together.
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Lizz Russell has always had a creative side but the business side was harder for her to come up with. 

Now, though, Russell is selling her high fashion purses at hotels in Las Vegas and San Diego  She made the jump with the help of the San Diego Minority Supplier Development Council.

"They have various opportunities for small businesses like myself," said Lizz Russell with The Lizz Russell Collection. "That's how I got my contract with the MGM, was through the council."

The idea behind the Minority Supplier Development Council is to offer access and exposure between minority-owned companies and major businesses and corporations. The council also helps small businesses take steps to improve and prepare for growth.

Corporations that are looking for qualified minority owned businesses will also work through the council to find certified companies.  The San Diego Minority Supplier Development Council works with African-American-, Latino-, Asian- and native American-owned companies.

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