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CVM Supplier Diversity Blog

John Suarez

John Suarez is the Marketing Manager at CVM Solutions where he is in charge of the marketing strategy, including content creation, branding, advertising, website management, user acquisition, and public relations. He has dual degrees in Marketing and Business Management from Illinois State University.

Recent Posts

Our Favorite Quotes from the 2019 Supplier Diversity Reports

For the third year in a row, we surveyed supplier diversity professionals and diverse suppliers across an array of industries. By asking them about their successes, trials, and tribulations, we aimed to learn more about the state of supplier diversity and what progress still needs to be made. The survey includes multiple-choice and open-response questions—it’s often the latter that are the most revealing.

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The Definitive Guide for LGBTQ-Owned Business Enterprises

We know that small businesses are a vital component of our economy. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), there are nearly 30 million small businesses in the United States, accounting for a whopping 99.9 percent of all U.S. businesses, and 8 million of those are classified as diverse businesses. These 30 million small businesses make a significant impact on our economy through job creation and innovation.

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Getting Buy-In for Supplier Diversity from Every Department in Your Company

It is a universally acknowledged truth that where there is a successful, effective supplier diversity program, there is a C-suite committed to the success of that program. Supplier diversity professionals know that C-suite buy-in is crucial to building an inclusive supply chain, but how do you gain not just support but also passion for supplier diversity throughout your organization? Let’s break it down by position and talk about how you can show your company’s leadership how supplier diversity helps the business meet its goals and achieve bottom-line results.

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4 Considerations for Putting Out a Supplier RFP

Are you struggling to find qualified diverse suppliers to meet internal goals? Are you looking to expand your pool of potential diverse suppliers as you build a sustainable, inclusive supply chain? Do you want to normalize the inclusion of diverse suppliers in the procurement process? Enter the well-crafted supplier questionnaire: a tool that can save you time and energy while you gather valuable information and promote supplier diversity.

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Supplier Diversity in the Healthcare Industry


We supplier diversity folks like to talk about what’s going well in supplier diversity. The wins, the success stories, the tools and strategies and initiatives that help us reach our goals, the economic impact, the benefit to the bottom line. But what about areas that still need improvement? It’s difficult to look at our peers, our colleagues, or ourselves and admit that we aren’t doing enough.

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For over a decade CVM's mission has remained unchanged: lead the transformation of Supplier Diversity program management and support Supplier Diversity programs. CVM helps corporate supplier diversity programs in every stage of their evolution; from those that are just getting started, to the most advanced, world-class programs. Equipped with unparalleled data intelligence, superior technology and expert guidance, businesses can effectively establish and advance their Supplier Diversity initiatives.