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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 »

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

ConnXus+ Supplier Spotlight: UNIGLOBE Travel Designers

by ConnXus on December 11, 2014

Elizabeth Blount McCormick, 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… read more »

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Top 6 B2B 2014 #SmallBizSat Deals

by ConnXus 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 ConnXus 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 ConnXus 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 ConnXus 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 ConnXus 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 »

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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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