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MBE/WBE Supplier Program

MCC understands the value of identifying diverse vendors and the value of maintaining good vendor relationships. As one of the country's premier urban-suburban community colleges, MCC strives to extend opportunities not only to students, but also to small, minority and women-owned businesses. This initiative is a powerful means of benefitting the economy and the communities we serve.

If you are an MBE or WBE that is interested in providing services to MCC, you are encouraged to join our registry of suppliers, or you can contact:

Chris Kelly
Program Coordinator - Supplier Diversity
Phone: 816.604.1106
Email: chris.kelly@mcckc.edu

JE Dunn Minority Contractor Business Development (MCBD) Program Expo

The Minority Contractor Business Development Program (MCBD Program) is comprised of MBE and WBE contractor companies that are selected through an application and interview process. Selection criteria include industry experience, size of company, and current conditions. During a one-year program, participants attend classes facilitated by JE Dunn which provides them with a curriculum of topics ranging from estimating to policies and procedures. [learn more]

MCDBThe exposition is a networking event designed to showcase the business owners in the program. Representatives who are responsible for operations, facilities, estimating and purchasing are invited to attend the event to meet the business owners for future business opportunities.

Pictured from left to right: Britney Domann, Financial Manager Facility Services MCC, William H. Dunn Jr, Senior Vice President JE Dunn Construction Company, Douglas B. Lightfoot, Director of Facility Services MCC and Chris Kelly, Program Coordinator Supplier Diversity MCC.

MCC Supports National American Indian Heritage Month

November is National American Indian Heritage Month and MCC supplier diversity understands the importance of supporting our community partners. Chris Kelly, program coordinator for supplier diversity believes that American Indian owned businesses are a great return on investment for the Kansas City community and the American Indian Enterprise & Business Council is one of many community partners that Metropolitan Community College is associated with for outreach in building business relationships. [learn more]

MCC Board President, David L. Disney and Chris Kelly attended AIEBC’s Annual event where the actress Ms. Irene Bedard was the keynote speaker. Irene Bedard was born in Anchorage, Alaska and is of Inupiat, Inuit and Métis ancestry. She is probably best known as the voice of the eponymous heroine in the Disney animated film Pocahontas and its direct-to-video sequel Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World. Bedard was also the physical model for the character.


The evening began with light refreshment and a silent auction of American Indian artwork followed by the program. American Indian Drummers announced the start of the program while guest were being seated. Proclamations by the City of Kansas City, KS Wyandotte County and the City of Kansas City, MO Jackson County were presented. Entertainment was provided by a dance ensemble of students from Haskell Indian Nations University and Kansas State University.

Pictured above is Chris Kelly with American Indian Students (dancers) and actress, Irene Bedard. Pictured below are David L. Disney, MCC Board President and John JH O’Brien, Executive Director AIEBC


Basic Immigration Requirements: Contractor Responsibilities On Missouri and Kansas Construction Projects

Immigration law requirements are imperative for businesses to know and implement. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement Section (ICE) has increased enforcement and monitoring of these requirements, especially in the construction industry. [learn more]

immigrationSo what are the basic requirements? What changes occurred recently to the I-9 Forms? What is E-Verify, where is it required, and how do you get it? How is compliance with these laws important to your bottom line? How can compliance with them make your company more attractive to General Contractors?

Colleen White of Strategic Workplace Solutions, Inc. was the presenter. With over 30 years of experience, she assists clients with managing their labor law compliance risks.

Representatives from a wide spectrum of constructions firms and M/WBE’s attended the workshop. They gained a greater knowledge of the following:

  • Basic requirements of immigration compliance, including the new Form I-9
  • Typical I-9 problems and how to prevent them
  • How the use of E-Verify can benefit your company and where it is required
  • What cooperative compliance programs are available to your business from ICE

Johnson County, Kansas Licensing Board Credits applied for those who qualified.

MCC's Making the Connection "Procurement One-on-One" Outreach Business Forum

Metropolitan Community College, Supplier Diversity in partnership with the University of Missouri (Kansas City and Columbia), the City of Kansas City, Kansas City Power and Light, Burns and McDonnell, the MidAmerica Supplier Development Council, and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas City, KS held its second annual "Procurement One-on-One" Outreach Business Forum at MCC-Penn Valley Campus. [learn more]

The forum was from 8:00 am until Noon and was designed to bring corporations, regional institutions, city, state and federal government entities together in one venue to meet with Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, Veteran-Owned, Service-Disabled Veteran Owned and Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Enterprises.

1on1Pictured: Lloyd Hale, Facility Service Superintendent, MCC Penn Valley Campus C.J. Warrick, Small Business Liaison Officer, NNSA Kansas City Plant Operated By Honeywell

The business owners had an opportunity to sign up for 10-minute sessions to speak with representatives from each organization about various subjects that included:

  • Guidance on best/practical approaches for doing business with the organization
  • Upcoming RFP/Procurement Opportunities
  • Federal Set-Aside Program for Small Businesses
  • Certification
  • Vendor Registration
  • Other Topics

Over 60 minority and women business owners gathered to meet with representatives from the following organizations:

  • Ameristar Casino Hotel, Kansas City
  • Asian American Chamber of Commerce KC
  • Burns and McDonnell
  • City of Kansas City, MO
  • City of Lee’s Summit, MO
  • City of Olathe, KS
  • Friends University
  • Heartland PTAC
  • Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway
  • Isle of Capri, Boonville
  • Jackson County
  • Johnson County Community College
  • Johnson County, KS
  • Kansas Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
  • Kansas City Public Schools
  • Kansas City Missouri Aviation Department
  • Kansas City Missouri School District
  • Kansas City Power & Light
  • KCBizcare
  • KC Southern
  • Kiewit Infrastructure Co.
  • Kissick Construction Company
  • Metropolitan Community College
  • MidAmerica Minority Supplier Development Company
  • Missouri Department of Transportation
  • NNSA Kansas City Plant Operated by Honeywell
  • Small Business Administration
  • Stowers Institute For Medical Research
  • Truman Medical Center
  • Unified Government of Wyandotte County
  • University of Missouri Kansas City
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • US General Service Administration
Last Modified: 4/15/14