On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, Black Enterprise teamed up with Walmart to host 20/20 Vision: Supplier Diversity in the 21st Century, a forum to explore opportunities with corporate entities and the City of Chicago.
The economic forum was designed to explore how entrepreneurs can best position their ventures to form profitable partnerships with large corporations as part of their supply chain. The day long event, which was held at the Chicago Hilton, covered topics like “Navigating the Procurement Maze” and “Scaling Up To Meet The Right Contract.”
Jessica Johnson, vice president of Bronx-based, Johnson Security Bureau who had to create a growth plan as a part of her participation in Goldman Sachs 10,000 small business program. “When I did our growth plan it made me look at what was the more profitable business.
(L to R) Black Enterprise President and CEO Earl Butch Graves stands with Vision 20/20 Forum participants, Walmart representatives, and event staff. Pictured here: T. Anthony Waller, senior director of corporate affairs at Walmart; former BE 100s CEO Robert Blackwell; Black Enterprise Editorial Director, Alan Hughes; Walmart corporate affairs, Adrienne T. White; Banneker Industries CEO, Cheryl Snead; Vice President of Johnson Security Bureau, Jessica Johnson; Volt Energy co-owner, Gilbert Campbell; and Black Enterprise Editor-in-chief, Derek Dingle.