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

by Feoshia Davis 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

ConnXus+ Supplier Spotlight: UNIGLOBE Travel Designers

by Feoshia Davis on December 11, 2014

Elizabeth Blount, President of Uniglobe Travel Designers, recently spoke with ConnXus about her business and experience in the travel industry. Uniglobe Travel Designers, a ConnXus+ Member,  is certified as a Minority-Business Enterprise (MBE) and as an Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE) unit. With over 750 locations worldwide, the company specializes in business, leisure and international travel. Here’s what Elizabeth had to share with the ConnXus community. Q: When was UniGlobe founded and why did you join this business? A: When UniGlobe first opened in 1981, my mother was a personal client of their travel services for years. They asked her to sign-on with the company in 1986. A few months later, my sister also joined the company. At that… read more »

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Top 6 B2B 2014 #SmallBizSat Deals

by Feoshia Davis on November 26, 2014

This year’s “Small Business Saturday” is right around the corner! This special day, founded by American Express in 2010, highlights the importance of small business’s economic value by encouraging people to support and shop at local businesses during the holiday shopping season. This Saturday, Nov. 29, you can support a small business, take advantage of benefits for your own small business, and support the #SmallBizSat movement. We have complied what we consider the Top 6 B2B Best-of-the-Best deals and suggestions to take advantage of on 2014’s Small Business Saturday. Does your business have an American Express corporate card? When you shop at a local business on Nov.29, you will receive a $10 credit (up to three times!). You can register… read more »

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Find healthcare, college and government supplier diversity opportunities at in November

by Feoshia Davis on November 13, 2014

Did you know as a ConnXus Diverse Supplier, you can access bid opportunities in more than 400+ product and service categories sought by Fortune 2000 companies and others? By creating a member profile on the ConnXus platform, you will be notified by email when new bid opportunities arrive in your field of business expertise. This month, we’ll give you a glimpse at some companies presenting active and consistent bid opportunities through our platform. Premier Health currently has a plethora of active contract opportunities for quality diverse suppliers. One of Southwest Ohio’s leading Healthcare service providers is looking to expand their diverse spend portfolio by contracting quality diverse suppliers who supply surgical head wear and mammography deodorant wipes. Grady Healthcare’s infrastructure… read more »

Posted in: About, ConnXus Membership Benefits, ConnXus Supplier Diversity Success Stories

ConnXus Supplier Spotlight: SmartIT

by Feoshia Davis on November 4, 2014

Karen Cooper, President and Co-Founder of SmartIT, spoke with us about her business, and gave us some advice on choosing an IT staffing partner SmartIT Solutions provides IT staffing and solutions services to clients in the private and public sectors, and government agencies. The company is nationally certified by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women Business Enterprise (WBE). SmartIT, is a ConnXus+ supplier member, and has three locations: Indianapolis, IN, and Cincinnati and Columbus, OH. How and why did you start your company? My business partner, Paul Rothwell, and I started SmartIT Staffing, Inc., as a purely IT staffing service in 2005.The two of us were working out of our homes. Being a… read more »

Posted in: About, ConnXus Membership Benefits, ConnXus Supplier Diversity Success Stories

4 Supplier Diversity Questions about Women-Owned Businesses Contracts for ConnXus COO Daryl Hammett

by Feoshia Davis on October 15, 2014

Daryl joined ConnXus as Chief Operations Officer in early 2014. He retired as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sears Optical, N.A., a licensed brand owned and operated by Luxottica Group. This $25 billion dollar publicly traded company also owns brands such as, Lenscrafters, Sunglass Hut, Pearle Vision, and Oakley. Daryl founded the Peabody Executive Coaching and Performance Management Group in 2012 after 20 years of leading and coaching at the most senior executive levels in Fortune 500, Non-Profits, Start -Ups, Mid and Small organizations. His background consists of a combination of executive leadership in the healthcare, foodservice and retail industries. His experience includes leading multi-functional, multi-site and multi-continent operations teams through record growth, mergers & acquisitions, and change… read more »

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ConnXus partners with NAAAHR

by Feoshia Davis on September 8, 2014

ConnXus, a leading Supplier Diversity Management solutions provider, is excited to announce a partnership with The National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR). With a membership management portal powered by ConnXus, the 11,000-member NAAAHR will further its mission to grow the ranks of African-Americans in professional fields. In return, NAAAHR members, as a value-add to their membership, will get access to ConnXus Plus supplier memberships. This allows NAAAHR members to connect with diverse professionals and business owners in the ConnXus database. NAAAHR members, who own businesses, also can connect to new supplier opportunities that ConnXus corporate buyer members post on its opportunity platform. “A vital part of the ConnXus mission is to use technology to create strong, and mutually… read more »

Posted in: About

Introducing: The ConnXus Market Place

by Feoshia Davis on September 4, 2014

Your ConnXus membership just got more valuable. Today, we’re excited to introduce The ConnXus Market Place, a new partnership with trusted providers that gives our members special access to a host of professional business services. Our initial Market Place partners are: Costco eVerifile Nirvana Funding The Deciding Factor Bob Ross Auto Group For a limited time, The ConnXus Market Place is open to all ConnXus members. If you haven’t yet signed up with us, create an account today. Today’s announcement is the first of many more membership value-ads to come. Find out more when you check out the Market Place today! Don’t forget to bookmark the page, or you can find it under the resources section of our website. Go the The ConnXus Market Place

Posted in: About, ConnXus Membership Benefits

Black EOE Journal Names ConnXus to 2014 Top Supplier Diversity Programs List

by Feoshia Davis on August 20, 2014

The team at ConnXus is proud to once again be named a Top Supplier Diversity Program in 2014 by Black EOE Journal. The honor is part of the Black EOE Journal’s Annual Best of the Best award series. ConnXus helps grow small, woman- and minority-owned businesses by connecting them to Fortune 2000 corporations seeking a competitive edge through supplier diversity. The technology company is located in Mason, Ohio, just outside of Cincinnati. Black EOE Journal is published by DiversityComm, which also publishes Black EOE Journal, Multicultural Professional Woman’s Magazine and the U.S. Veterans Magazine. Each year the publications conduct select evaluations of the nation’s Employers, Supplier Diversity Programs and Executives, Industry Leaders, Law Enforcement & Government Agencies and Colleges, Universities and MBA Schools…. read more »

Posted in: About, Uncategorized

CEO’s Desk: The Network Effect of Tier 2 Diversity Tracking and Reporting

by Feoshia Davis on August 14, 2014

By Rod Robinson ConnXus CEO and Founder In an earlier post, I discussed how Tier 2, if leveraged properly, could be a catalyst for moving the needle on supplier diversity.  My thoughts on this topic have been shaped over decades of working in the supplier diversity arena. As I mentioned in my earlier post, businesses owned by women and minorities represent more than 50% of all US businesses, but only generate 6% of the revenue.  An expansion from traditional Tier 2 to Multi-Tier reporting could be a strong driver of growth for Supplier Diversity across Corporate America. At ConnXus, hundreds of companies report Tier 2 diversity spend through our software platform.  As a result, we have the opportunity to support… read more »

Posted in: Direct Diversity Spend, Diversity Spend, Help Diverse Suppliers, Indirect Diversity Spend, Minority Business Certification, Supplier Diversity, Tier II Diversity Spend, Tips for Procurement/Purchasing Managers, Uncategorized

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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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