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4 Trends in Supplier Diversity Reporting & Risk Management

by ConnXus on May 12, 2015

Author: CEO and Founder Rod Robinson   You’d be hard pressed to find a major corporation today that doesn’t have some form of supplier diversity initiative. And a key component of supplier diversity programs is the periodic reporting of progress against established goals and objectives.  As more organizations move from compliance-driven to market-driven programs, they’re raising the bar in program investment, management, marketing and reporting of performance metrics. These corporate trendsetters provide their investors, board members, government agencies and other stakeholders real value: a baseline from which to evaluate and benchmark supplier diversity program performance and impact. In my nearly 20 years in supply chain & procurement as both a management consultant and former CPO, I have had the unique… read more »

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The 8 Questions Your Small Business Clients Should Ask When Seeking Capital: Question 1: What kind of lender are you?

by ConnXus on May 5, 2015

Publishing Note: This is part one of 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.   Question 1: What kind of lender are you? Like many businesses in the world, there are lenders who work hard to deliver good solutions for their clients’ best interests, but there are others who don’t. Let’s first define these groups:… read more »

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ConnXus to Present at 2015 Cincinnati Innovation Xchange

by ConnXus on April 28, 2015

    ConnXus, Inc. will be one of 25 startups to present at the 2015 Cincinnati Innovation Xchange. Sponsored by Cintrifuse, Innovation Xchange competitively selects 25 nation-wide startups allowing them the opportunity to pitch to Fortune 500 companies and venture capitalist firms. The ultimate “prize” of the Innovation Xchange is landing a pilot project with top-tier corporations.  The event will take place April 29-30, 2015 at LPK Brand Innovation Center.   ConnXus’ Rod Robinson will speak on behalf of the ConnXus business model, Supplier Diversity Made Simple™ on Thursday April 30. The presentation will pitch key goals of corporate supplier diversity, data management and analytics and our key products and services. The 2015 keynote speakers are Silicon Valley-based Constellation Research… read more »

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CEO’s Desk: Driving Corporate Supplier Diversity: One Spend Category at a Time

by ConnXus on April 15, 2015

Author: ConnXus CEO Rod Robinson When we launched ConnXus 5 years ago this month, we had no products, no customers, no supplier database to speak of, and two employees, including yours truly. Today, we have more than a dozen employees, and our growing list of enterprise customers include some of the most recognized corporate brands on the planet. ConnXus provides a suite of technology-enabled solutions that help them better manage their supplier relationships as well as collect & manage data, track, monitor and report diversity spend activity at multiple levels of the supply chain. The growth of our enterprise SaaS (software-as-a-service) business model has led to us building a database of nearly 2 million of the approximately 15 million diverse… read more »

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ConnXus+ Supplier Spotlight: Avanzado

by ConnXus on April 14, 2015

Bob Hojnacki, Director of Business Development of Avanzado, recently spoke with our Marketing Intern, Shannon Frohme for the April Supplier Spotlight. From sales to business development, to program management and overseeing IT and graphics departments, Hojnacki is well-versed in the marketing communication world! Born and raised in a Detroit suburb, Hojnacki obtained his degree in Economics Management from Albion College and has 24 years’ experience specializing in marketing communication.   Situated in Michigan, Avanzado is the largest minority-owned digital print and communication solutions organization in the Midwest.  Their award-winning automated multi-channel marketing campaigns and AMP (Advanced Marketing Platform) services are used by companies in the automotive, franchise, healthcare and financial industries. Avanzado has been certified as a MBE by the… read more »

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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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Rod Robinson

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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