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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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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 »

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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 »

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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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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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