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CT Lottery Wins “Local Corporation of the Year” Award from Greater New England Minority Supplier Development CouncilThe Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (GNEMSDC) recently presented the CT Lottery with the prestigious “Local Corporation of the Year” award at its Annual Awards Luncheon in Hartford on April 12, 2018.

The “Local Corporation of the Year” award goes to a corporation that displays strong support for Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) as a community. In most cases, this corporation must have had strong impact increasing procurement opportunities for the MBEs in the Greater New England area by showing an increase in dollars awarded to MBEs from year to year. The corporation must also display strong support for the GNEMSDC and its efforts to develop business relationships with MBEs. The corporation acts as a role model for other corporations to follow and tracks its progress in developing MBEs and supportive activities.

“The CT Lottery has consistently demonstrated strong support for minority businesses throughout New England, and for the aspirational goals of GNEMSDC: economic inclusion; and minority business development,” said Peter Hurst, President and CEO for GNEMSDC. “The CT Lottery is a role model for all those private and public sector organizations that are looking to purchase goods and services from MBEs, and is a valuable partner to GNEMSDC.”

“I am very proud that GNEMSDC has recognized the CT Lottery and its staff, especially our Corporate Responsibility Team, for this amazing accomplishment,” said Chelsea Turner, Interim President and CEO for the CT Lottery. “It’s an honor to accept this award in recognition of our continued commitment to promoting minority-owned businesses and economic inclusion in Connecticut. Through these efforts, the CT Lottery’s supply chain has been strengthened and simultaneously we’ve supported local and minority businesses.”

The CT Lottery prides itself on being an active proponent in the Connecticut business community. For the last 7 years, the Lottery has partnered with the GNEMSDC and collaborated with The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States and nation's leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America's corporations.

In 2012, the CT Lottery hired Winston Strategic Partners, an outside consulting firm located in Norwalk, to help formalize a “Best in Class” Supplier Diversity Program. Winston Strategic Partners helped enhance the CT Lottery’s Supplier Diversity program and provide a blueprint for the future. Through this, the CT Lottery has partnered with over fifty minority businesses in the past few years alone.

In May, the CT Lottery will partner with GNEMSDC to host a general business opportunity matchmaking event with our Information Technology, Purchasing and Marketing departments participating. Along with the CT Lottery, vendors can meet corporations for “matchmaking sessions” that consist of a series of 10 minute one-on-one interviews.

The Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (GNEMSDC) advances business opportunities for certified Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business enterprises and connects them to corporate members. One of the region’s leading corporate membership organizations, GNEMSDC was incorporated in 1975 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes.

GNEMSDC is an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. GNEMSDC is one of the 24 regional councils represented across the US territories. GNEMSDC serves the six (6) New England States, which are MA, CT, RI, ME, NH, and VT. We deliver our services to certified minority businesses and corporate members through the core value, which is Certify, Develop, Connect, and Advocate.

About WBENC:
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs. WBENC accomplishes this by focusing on the core values of Certification, Opportunities, Resources and Engagement.