The Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware Minority Supplier Development Council (PA-NJ-DE MSDC), a 501 ( c )(3) non-profit organization, is an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, one of the country’s leading business membership organizations. There are 36 regional councils across the country with more than 3,500 corporate members, including most of America’s largest publicly-owned, privately-owned and foreign-owned companies, as well as universities, hospitals and other buying institutions. The PA-NJ-DE MSDC certifies and matches minority owned businesses (Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American) throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware with member corporations which want to purchase goods and services.
Wade Colclough serves as President and CEO of the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware Minority Supplier Development Council.
Prior to joining the Council in 2010, Mr. Colclough successfully led a number of corporate external affairs efforts working in the Corporate Affairs, Marketing, Media & Public Relations, and Government & Community Relations departments. He has led teams and departments for multi-million dollar corporations such as PECO, An Exelon Company – a utility headquartered in Philadelphia – and Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) – a municipal-owned utility in Philadelphia.
Mr. Colclough is a Leadership Philadelphia alumni – a board leadership training program for Delaware Valley regional executives. He is also the recipient of numerous honors including the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 most influential business leaders under 40; the Philadelphia Tribune’s, one of the most influential business leaders to watch in 2004 and 2005; the City of Philadelphia’s Honorable Congressman Lucien Blackwell Community Service Award in 2005; and in the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus’, Young Gifted and Black Award 2008. He is also a seasoned national speaker.
A Philadelphia native, Mr. Colclough earned his bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Eastern University; an advance certification in corporate community relations from Boston College School of Community Relations; certification in non-profit management from LaSalle University; and certification in Strategic Alliances from the Aresty Institute of Executive Education, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Certification is the foundation service that the national network provides and is valued by Corporate Members and MBEs. PA-NJ-DE MSDC certification is a differentiator for minority businesses in an increasingly competitive marketplace. In addition, certification provides Corporate Members with validation that suppliers are bona fide minority businesses, thus providing accountability to corporate and public sector supply chains.
Development enables the growth and advancement of capacity and capabilities. PA-NJ-DE MSDC develops each of its stakeholder groups. PA-NJ-DE MSDC develops MBEs using a variety of educational events, briefings and forums. For its Corporate Members, PA-NJ-DE MSDC provides training and development to enhance supplier development practices and professional skills.
Face-to-face meetings, e-introductions, procurement briefings, and industry-specific forums help connect Corporate Members and certified minority businesses to advance procurement and business opportunities that are central to PA-NJ-DE MSDC’s mission.
Through leadership and promotion of the value proposition of doing business with MBEs, PA-NJ-DE MSDC advocates for minority suppliers and the tangible business benefits that they provide to corporate and public sector supply chains. The PA-NJ-DE MSDC promotes value, innovation and efficiencies that minority suppliers offer. We are proud to work with various resource partners to enhance business opportunities in communities of color.
Visit us at: www.msdc-panjde.org
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