Since 1968, Diversity Information Resources (DIR) has been at the forefront in providing information resources that support and enhance supplier diversity. Diverse-owned supplier? Registration on DIR's portal is free. Represent a major corporation? Learn how DIR's supplier data management solutions, educational seminars and publications can enhance your corporation's supplier diversity program. Learn more at

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

DIR's "Best Practices in Supplier Diversity Strategies and Initiatives"

We put together a quick video recapping DIR's 2014 and 2015 "Best Practices..." seminars so you could get a sneak peek at the terrific networking, professional learning and dynamic contributions both the speakers and the attendees offer. Take a look!

Why register as a diverse supplier? TLC Springwater's story helps answer that question . . .

"Why should I register?" is a question we are asked every day here at DIR. The bottom line is that it makes good economic sense and it will, eventually, save you time as you're out prospecting for new clients. When you register with DIR as a diverse-owned business, your information becomes part of a database that is accessed and searched daily by thousands of buyers at major corporations. Take a look at this short video about how registration helped TLC Springwater in Cleveland, OH grow their business.

Keep in mind that the portal of information DIR manages is only one of a few that major corporations around the world use for sourcing, searching and managing information that they'll eventually need for reporting either inside or outside their organization. The information that you provide is crucial to their future contracting opportunities and that's just one of the reasons they rely on DIR for information validation and verification. In a nutshell, suppliers provide the information, DIR makes sure it stays current and valid.

DIR's client list continues to change, of course, and there are other supplier portals 'out there' that are used as well so don't be surprised if your business grows to the point of being asked to create profiles in numerous databases. Take your time, keep an 'excel' file or other cheat sheet with the often-requested information, and be sure to use a contact email that is not unique to just one person in case there are personnel changes.

Supplier registration at DIR or at one of DIR's clients is free, relatively easy (although time consuming), and comes with additional benefits such as:

  • certification expiration alerts by e-mail
  • the ability to update your profile once for multiple corporations
  • seeing posted opportunities from a variety of corporations
  • space to upload marketing information
  • 24-7 secure access

When you're ready, you can register here. Thank you!

Monday, April 4, 2016

DIR helps corporate supplier diversity programs thrive.

DIR delivers tool for supplier diversity initiative success. Whether a corporation's need is launching a new supplier diversity initiative or further developing an existing program, DIR has the proven expertise to help SBLOs, supplier diversity and procurement professionals plan, implement and manage a successful supplier diversity program.

This video story is about a corporate supplier diversity professional who began to use DIR's managed services including data management, certification validation and sourcing lists. It helps illustrate how DIR can function as an extension of an-house staff (or lack thereof!). As always, DIR staff is available to answer questions anytime ... please reach out to see how DIR can help you drive supplier diversity success!

Monday, February 22, 2016

2016 Resources from DIR

Looking for help navigating the supplier diversity industry? DIR's resources can help!

The Business of Supplier Diversity: A Handbook of Essential Contacts and Information for Navigating the Industry ($135.00) combines who-to-call with where-to-look and provides a road map to the supplier diversity industry. Diverse-owned suppliers and supplier diversity professionals use the helpful listings for reference, marketing and planning purposes. It offers a detailed contact list of over 900 supplier diversity and procurement contacts at major corporations, government agencies, large non-profit organizations, and educational institutions and supplier diversity industry information regarding certification, legislation and additional resources essential to small- and diverse-owned businesses. This book is available in a hot-linked PDF download, too. The industry contacts only can be purchased as DIR's "Purchasing People in Major Corporations Online". 

The 2016 National Minority and Women-Owned Business Directory ($175.00) is the go-to guide for finding certified MBE/WBEs in the USA. This unique resource, published annually, lists over 7,500 nationally certified Minority and Women-Owned Businesses. Data is organized by Category and State; helpful keyword index included. Identifies: Company Name, Address, Contact, Capabilities, Website, Email, Ownership Type, Certifications, Revenues, Number of Employees, and more.

Visit us online to see excerpts and learn more. Together, we can "Drive Supplier Diversity Success". 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Why Detroit for DIR's 20th "Best Practices" seminar anniversary?

DIR’s “Embracing Change, Impacting Innovation” luncheon, a celebration of its 20th anniversary "Best Practices in Supplier Diversity Strategies & Initiatives" seminar, is being held in Detroit, MI on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 in downtown Detroit. DIR chose Detroit for numerous reasons, some noted below. 
  • Along with a rich history of hosting industry champions, Detroit has become a city that has championed entrepreneurial renewal along with small- and diverse-owned business growth.
  • The MMSDC (Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council), headquartered in Detroit, is facilitating a $100 million fund dispersal to minority-owned businesses. That is a significant investment. DIR is pleased to welcome the MMSDC as its regional partner for the event, helping reach the regional Detroit audience.
  • Detroit's location provides easy-access for DIR's audience of major corporate professionals including those from Kelly Services, MetLife, Cintas, TimeWarner, Johnson Controls, Saatchi & Saatchi, World Wide Technology, Inc., LG&E and KU, GDS&M, AON, United Rentals, Inc., ImpaxLabs, Novation, BI and more.
DIR Keynote Speaker, August 2015DIR invited former U.S. Attorney General, The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr. to be the keynote speaker of this celebratory luncheon. Along with being a senior legal advisor to Barack Obama during Obama’s presidential campaign, he is a staunch civil rights proponent. His civil service record includes defending the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was reauthorized in 2006. He supports comprehensive immigration reform, and in 2011, he announced that the Department of Justice would no longer defend cases involving the Defense of Marriage Act in court. In 2014, Holder unveiled a new policy banning profiling on the basis of religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, and gender identity by federal law enforcement agencies. Mr. Holder is the first African-American to hold the office of U. S. Attorney General.

There are numerous reasons (some of which apply to attending the luncheon, too) why attending DIR professional development seminars is a good investment of time and money:
  • casual networking, a history lesson from hearing how other businesses have thrived (or suffered and rebuilt themselves)
  • access to materials that help with follow-up once you return to the office
  • multiple perspectives on how peers make their business cases to the "C" suite, and more.
But by far, what we read the most in the evaluation comments is "inspiring, refreshing, supportive". That works!

Individual luncheon tickets are available as are numerous sponsorship levels including "Engage and Educate" that provides tickets for local students. DIR is also hosting a VIP reception which includes networking and conversations with industry leaders and Mr. Holder. 

DIR has been driving supplier diversity success via publications, education and data management for over 45 years. That longevity speaks to the integrity of the data it manages, the quality of seminars it presents and the value of its publications. Join DIR for this anniversary event and be an additional driver of supplier diversity success!