Friday, May 4, 2012

Gresham Ford Awarded Certification as a Minority Business

Contact: Bess Wills
Gresham Ford
Phone  503-665-0102
Fax 503-665-0497
1940 East Powell Blvd
Gresham, OR 97080
Phone 503.665.0101
Gresham Ford

Press Release

Portland, OR, May 4th 2012:  The Northwest Minority Supplier DevelopmentCouncil was chartered in 1972 with the mission of providing a direct link between corporate America and minority owned businesses of every size.  Lead by this mission the NMSDC is one of the country's leading business member organizations. In 2010 alone member businesses exceeded $100 billion in sales.  This was accomplished not by lowering corporate purchasing standards but by sourcing qualified minority firms on a competitive basis.  Certification by the Northwest MSDC is a nationally recognized and honored. 
The NMSDC conducted an extensive business review of Gresham Ford and has awarded minority status certification.  This review and certification process has been designed to insure compliance with the member standards of the Northwest Minority Supplier Development Council.  A minority-owned business is a for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, which is owned, operated and controlled by minority group members.  "Minority group members" are United States citizens who are Asian, Black, Hispanic, and Native American.  Ownership by a minority individual means the business is at least 51% owned by a minority.  Additionally the management and daily operations are controlled by those minority group members.  According to the NMSDC, minorities currently represent 34% of the United States population but minority businesses represent only 21% of total businesses, 7% of gross receipts and 3% of total corporate purchases. 
Gresham Ford has also embraced the mission of expanding their own supplier diversity.  "We believe that the success of minority and women owned businesses add to our success and to the communities we serve," says Bess Wills-Avila, General Manager of Gresham Ford.  "Our mission to expand our supplier diversity has enhanced our relationships throughout Oregon and Washington, as well as provided us with a better understanding in order to better serve our broad spectrum of customers." 
About NMSDC: The NMSDC Network includes a national office in New York and 37 Regional Councils across the country. There are 3,500 corporate members throughout the network, including America’s top publicly-owned, privately-owned and foreign-owned companies as well as universities, hospitals and other buying institutions. The Regional Councils certify and match more than 16,000 minority-owned businesses (Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American) with member corporations which want to purchase goods and services.