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ConnXus Staff Member Spotlight: ConnXus West Coast

by ConnXus on March 31, 2015

As Tim Scruta approaches his 2nd year anniversary with ConnXus, we’d like to shine the spotlight on our Product Services Manager as he settles into the new ConnXus Portland office. Before working with ConnXus, he was a student at Bowling Green State University where he achieved a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration degree with a specialization in Supply Chain Management. Here’s what he had to say: What are your main responsibilities as Product Services Manager? Scruta: For anyone who has ever worked for a start-up, you’ll understand when you walk in the office door each morning, your duties can change significantly from day today. We joke that we, the team members, wear many hats. Whether this means performing account manager… read more »

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The 8 Questions Small Business Owners Should Ask When Seeking Capital

by ConnXus on March 18, 2015

Publishing Note: We’re pleased to introduce an 8-part small business financing blog series in partnership with The Business Backer. This blog series will clear the financial fog, providing you with the tools necessary to make the best financing decision for your diverse or woman-owned small business. Each blog will address a key question you should ask potential funders before accepting a deal. Making an informed financing decision can help you avoid the traps and find the right partner for your business. Since 2007, The Business Backer, a Greater Cincinnati-based company, has helped thousands of small businesses across the country secure the financing they need to thrive. Their area of expertise includes factoring B2B invoices into cash, purchase and specialty financing,… read more »

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ConnXus COO Daryl Hammett Joins Cincinnati/NKY March of Dimes Board

by ConnXus on March 10, 2015

ConnXus Inc. to be an official sponsor of March of Dimes Daryl Hammett, Chief Operating Officer at ConnXus Inc., has been appointed to the March of Dimes Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Board of Directors. Daryl brings more than 15 years of executive leadership in the healthcare industry to the 18-member board. “As families are having children later in life, there is strong demand to increase education and awareness efforts in caring for mothers and infants. I’m very excited to be a part helping raise that awareness.” he said. Tina Jackson, executive director of the March of Dimes Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Division said this appointment will greatly advance the organization’s mission. “Daryl brings more than 20 years of senior executive management expertise to the March… read more »

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ConnXus+ Supplier Spotlight: DNK Architects

by ConnXus on February 17, 2015

Guinette Kirk, DNK  Vice President of Business Development, recently spoke with us about the grand re-opening of Clifton Recreation Center, the firm’s favorite projects, and inspirations for Cincinnati architectural designs. Guinette received her MBA from The Ohio State University, and her husband David Kirk, DNK’s Principal Designer, received his BA in architecture from Howard University. Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, DNK provides architecture, interior design & space planning, urban planning and landscape architecture for healthcare, education, commercial workplaces and landscape clientele in Ohio, Kentucky and Penn and is looking to broaden its reach. DNK has been a ConnXus+ Member since the beginning of our online launch. The architectural firm is MBE and SBE certified. ConnXus: What do you love about being VP of Business Development for… read more »

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How to Certify Your Ohio Business as MBE/EDGE

by ConnXus on February 12, 2015

Should you certify your business as MBE or EDGE? Certification as an EDGE or Minority Business Enterprise will give your business higher volumes of growth opportunities. State contractors look to connect with qualified, minority and/or diverse businesses. An MBE certification will break down the barriers to participate in state and federal contract opportunities. Ohio’s Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) program is designed to assist minority businesses in obtaining state government contracts for supplying goods and services. What is the difference between EDGE and MBE? MBE (Minority Business Enterprise) Although both programs assist economically disadvantaged businesses, EDGE is open to Ohio small businesses that are also socially disadvantaged. MBE certification can be obtained virtually in any state and also nationally. The MBE program… read more »

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2015 ConnXus Webinar Series

by ConnXus on February 3, 2015

The 2015 ConnXus Webinar Series has officially kicked off! During our January Webinar, R Mo, LLC President Ranjani Mohana presented tips on how her business guides certified small businesses through the stages of winning government contracts. If you missed the first Webinar of the year, don’t worry, you can watch it here:   Did you know, as a ConnXus+ Member you have the opportunity to present in the ConnXus Webinar Series? Small business marketing, winning government contracts and marketing automation tools are a few topics presented by past speakers Spectrum, The Deciding Factor and Avanzado. Interested in having your business present an upcoming webinar?  Contact Crystal Davis, Manager of Member Services, at Spectrum Equity Investors invests the time and talent of… read more »

Posted in: About, ConnXus News, Help Diverse Suppliers, Minority Business Certification, Resources, Small business IT, Supplier Diversity, Tips for Minority-Owned Businesses, Tips for Small Businesses, Tips for Supplier Diversity Managers, Tips for Women-Owned Businesses, Uncategorized

ConnXus+ Supplier Spotlight: Anthony James Painting

by ConnXus on January 20, 2015

We recently spoke with Anthony James, founder of Anthony James Painting, about his business values, the exciting move to downtown Dayton, Ohio, and winning the 2014 SAWO Outstanding EDGE/PEP award. Anthony James Painting, a ConnXus+ member, is certified as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and as Ohio Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE) business. Here’s what Anthony had to share with ConnXus members and community: Q: Anthony James Painting has been in business for 31 years!  What are the top reasons that clients choose your services? A: Anthony James Painting values respect and proficiency. One of the biggest compliments I have received on the quality of our work was the respectable, proficient, and clean-cut nature of the workers. We capitalize… read more »

Posted in: ConnXus member news, ConnXus Supplier Diversity Success Stories, Minority Business Certification, Supplier Diversity, Tips for Minority-Owned Businesses

Staff Member Spotlight: Feoshia Davis ConnXus Brand Manager

by ConnXus on January 2, 2015

Feoshia joined ConnXus in early 2014, and was promoted to brand manager in July. Before coming to ConnXus she was a small business freelance copywriter, and ConnXus was one of her clients. Her background is in daily newspaper reporting, where she worked for The Cincinnati Enquirer and The Kentucky Post, among other publications. She is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, with a bachelor’s in Journalism and a minor in political science. Q: What are your top three responsibilities as the ConnXus Brand Manager? A: First, I work to make sure all the messages coming from ConnXus, from sales, to marketing and advertising to products and services, are easy-to-understand and consistent. Secondly, I direct our marketing, presentation, PR and social… read more »

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Top 13 ConnXus Social Media Content of 2014

by ConnXus on December 23, 2014

Behind the computer screen, the ConnXus team has beaucoups of fun serving clients. Social media interaction puts a human experience especially for tech-companies, and we love the opportunity to strike up a conversation with you about industry tips, supplier diversity, awards and diverse supplier spotlight stories. Today, we’re proudly highlighting the highest organically-driven (non-paid) online engagement on the ConnXion Point Blog and ConnXus Facebook page over the course of 2014. 1) First off, Jan. 7th blog post 11 Top Social Networks for B2B Entrepreneurs generated a great deal of traffic from B2B entrepreneurs looking to take their business to the next level. 2) January 15 blog Fastest growing US industries, jobs and job-creating states in 2014. Did you find these statistics relevant in your job search… read more »

Posted in: Small business IT, Tier II Diversity Spend, Tips for Small Businesses, Tips for Start-Up Businesses, Uncategorized

From Execution to Leadership: Lessons from the Startup Trenches with ConnXus CEO Rod Robinson

by ConnXus on December 18, 2014

  I launched ConnXus four years ago with the help of a small team of loyal and dedicated people. Soon after moving beyond the point of early product development and validation in 2012, came more tough work. We focused on attracting early customers, raising capital, hiring talent, making product improvements and improving business development, operations and customer service. Back then, we were a team of a few doing the work of many, with very limited resources. But, We Were Getting It Done as a team of “Doer’s”… It was all about execution. In those early days, as CEO and founder of the company, I was involved in everything. Strategy, product development, marketing, sales, accounting and raising capital (making sure we… read more »

Posted in: About, Leadership & Motivation, Tips for Small Businesses

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The ConnXion Point is the blog for, an online service connecting small, minority- and woman-owned businesses with companies seeking to hire diverse suppliers.

I'm Rod Robinson, founder and chief connector of I've spent 15 years in the procurement business as a minority business owner, company procurement officer and industry consultant.

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