Meijer's supplier diversity team is organizing a vendor summit at the retailer's headquarters in Michigan.
To strengthen supply chain links between its merchants and Black business owners, Michigan-based Meijer is hosting a Black Business Month Summit on Aug. 16. The summit, created by Meijer’s supplier diversity team, reflects the retailer’s ongoing efforts to diversify its products and pipeline of suppliers.
Held at Meijer’s headquarters in Grand Rapids, the event will bring together Black vendors to exhibit their offerings and pitch their products to the company’s merchants. In advance of the summit, Meijer is hosting virtual mentorship preparation calls on July 17.
"In celebration of Black Business Month this August, the summit is aimed to highlight the achievements, contributions, and economic impact made by Black entrepreneurs and business owners," explained Carla Hendon, director of supplier diversity at Meijer. "This event also gives Black-owned businesses the opportunity to demonstrate the quality, uniqueness, and value of their products directly to our buyers."
Interested business owners, including potential and existing vendors, can sign up for the summit online. The registration deadline is July 14.