Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council

The Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council (VMSDC) fosters relationships between minority suppliers and their potential clients: Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies and universities. By serving as a conduit between diverse suppliers and the leaders of corporate America, the council offers companies the opportunity to interact with a wider range of potential partners. This inclusive environment supports economic growth, increases employment opportunities and enhances the competitive landscape.

Institute for Supply Management; Carolinas-Virginia: Richmond Metro Chapter

Founded in 1920 as a professional purchasing association, ISM Carolinas-Virginia (ISM-CV) has grown and evolved to become the largest regional supply management and procurement organization in the southeastern United States, committed to the ongoing growth and improvement of the profession and our members. An affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management, ISM-CV offers members ongoing programs and activities designed to enhance their professional development through research, education and communication. Membership includes supply chain and procurement professionals and managers employed in both the private and public sector.

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems (CCALS)

With multiple perspectives at the table and favorable intellectual property policies, CCALS ensures that promising discoveries become effective business solutions faster than ever.

University members of CCALS bring outstanding capabilities and research depth in logistics-related disciplines. Members include Longwood University, the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia State University. They also provide access to the best and brightest engineering, business and IT students who will compose tomorrow’s logistics workforce.

CCALS’ location, too, provides members unique access to an experienced, skilled and highly qualified talent pool. Central Virginia is home to the US Army Logistics University, Amazon distribution centers and significant UPS and FedEx operations. It is also headquarters to Fortune 500 companies with sophisticated logistics operations, including MeadWestvaco, Owens & Minor, Altria and others.

Industry sets the agenda at CCALS, leveraging university expertise and real-world experience to solve logistics challenges that arise as complex technological, mechanical and human systems interact.