Talking about working with faith-based communities to build diverse supplier base

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DTE Energy has committed to bringing $5 billion of spending with suppliers back to Michigan over the next five years and, as part of that, has made a significant commitment to the City of Detroit. One of its initiatives is to work with the faith-based community to identify minority and women owned suppliers that DTE can partner with, mentor and help grow.

Tony Tomczak, executive director, Corporate Services and Chief Procurement Officer for DTE Energy recently joined Karen Dumas on 910AM to talk about this initiative, why it matters to the company, its importance for the region, and how business can get connected.

“Our experience has been small companies, entrepreneurs have the spirit, they have the will and energy to really do a good job,” he said in the interview.

Joining him was Gwen Hale, president and CEO, Reagan Mechanical, who was at DTE’s first Faith-Based Supplier Immersion day. Her 20 employee small business has grown considerably since then, and she talks openly about the opportunities her business has been afforded since she started working with DTE.

For business wanting to connect with DTE’s procurement department, the next Faith-Based Supplier Immersion day is being planned for February in Detroit. Tomczak also noted the initiative will be expanded to Grand Rapids later in 2017.

To hear the full interview, click on the player below.