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Empowered Women

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”  – Harriet Tubman

When you picture a strong businesswoman, what do you think of or whom do you think of? What qualities form a strong women in the business world? Do these qualities describe a woman leader, or are those qualities characteristics of a leader?

We fixated on the division and the separation of women and men leaders. There is this culture within business that women do not have the same traits to be a leader than men. This simply is not true. However, in recognizing this, it is important that as we empower women, we do not demean the ability of men. Empowering women is not looking down on men, but learning how to work together to build each other up to reach our goals.

The Creator created us all with the same potential to become leaders. Those that develop their passions, strengths, and have some patience, are those that will become leaders of their business, community, and life.

We empower women to develop their traits and channel their inner strengths and passions into a business or role that they love, and use that love to increase their development as a leader. By having a little patience and the endurance in working hard and reaching goals, there is nothing that can stop women from reaching the stars and changing the world for the better.

We are proud to see so many women already focusing their strengths on their passions, and we congratulate our women-business owned clients who have done this. The following have followed their passions and have excelled in their careers: First Female Four-Star General, Retired Commander of U.S. Army Ann E. Dunwoody; Anthea Pennant – District Director, Supplier Relations and Diversity Business Services at the Broward College; the  Nicole Wickens –  CEO of Validus Construction Services awarded as fastest growing Construction company in Central Florida by Orlando Business Journal; Marcela Restrepo, President of Sky Builders USA well known in the Central Florida community and recognized at the Don Quijote Award by The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando; Dr. Felicia Young from ACY Contractors awarded with the Eagle Award by the  African American Chamber of Commerce; Jeanette Mora, Attorney at Law recognized as Member of the Board of the Bar Association and Yomaira  Muñoz recognized as Empresa Renovada in 2019.

Leaders and Leaders-to-be, you have what you need, now go and get it!

Samuel Lowry | Marketing & Communications Manager

Forbe’s Black in Business | Celebrating The Legacy of Black Entrepreneurship

This month is about recognizing the accomplishments of the African American community. Forbe’s writers, Ruth Umoh and Brianne Garrett, detail how the African American community has played an essential role in the development of the U.S. economy. Many inventions and processes that we all use in our everyday activities were brought to reality by African American leaders. 

This article brings to light the amazing accomplishments of African American leaders that many are unaware of. these accomplsihments have greatly impacted our world in various ways.

Ruth Umoh states, “If history is any indiciation, black entrepreneurship will continue to grow and thrive in the coming years – an economic boon for Americans of all colors.”.

Black in Business | Celebrating The Legacy of Black Entrepreneurship by Forbes.


Umoh, R., & Garrett, B. (2020, February 03). Black in Business: Celebrating the Legacy of Black Entrepreneurship. Retrieved from Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ruthumoh/2020/02/03/celebrating-black-history-month-2020/#14dbefd32b45


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Samuel Lowry | Marketing & Communications Manager

Loving Diversity

“Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.”

                                                                                                                                                                  – Jacqueline Woodson

Diversity has passed through various phases, sometimes of hurt, segregation, and oppression, and other times of admiration, excellence, and respect. In the past years, diversity has been a highlighted focus in areas of business, politics, and personal interactions. There is a growing desire for small diverse businesses to be a part of the global efforts of large corporations and government agencies to build communities. However, these efforts do not seem to be highlighted as much as the negativity and degradation placed on those of diverse backgrounds.

It is time to place differences and hatred aside and focus on the positive engagement and love towards one another as human beings – all working on bettering ourselves to build a greater world.

Do not shape your views of diversity based on the racial, ethnic, or religious backgrounds of people, but recognize that through differences we can complement who we are for a greater community. When we partner with those whose strengths are our weaknesses, we complement each other into a better being.

We must remember that everyone is a minority somewhere in the world. Once you leave your native country and enter another, you become part of the minority. We are all created by the same Creator, and were all made with diverse traits.

I challenge you to reach out to your friends and family with a background, different than your own, and tell them, “We are all on a journey of life; so, let us figure it out together.”.

In the spirit of love, I encourage you to realize the potential our world has to walk this path of life together; no matter the diverse background.



By: Samuel Lowry, Marketing & Communications Manager

Supplier Diversity News Update

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We are so excited that our first blog post, titled Loving Diversity, will be posted tomorrow, February 13th, 2020.

We will be posting to our blog every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month; sharing information and tips on diversity inclusion and engagement.

Join us in serving the global supplier diversity community. Want to know how, call us at 407-299-1199.


– Department of Creativity & Administration

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