Caesars is committed to procuring its goods, products and services from a diversified pool of vendors, contractors and professional service providers, and working with developing businesses to help them grow.
Advancing Diverse Suppliers
We continue to diversify our supplier base and procurement spend with MWDBEs (minority and women-owned or disadvantaged business enterprises). Often, these companies require assistance to qualify as Caesars’ supplier or expand their business with us.
We connect widely and deeplythroughout the U.S. market to ensure MWDBE vendors know we welcome them and how to qualify for supplier status. We support a number of Chambers of Commerce that promote diverse suppliers, and we speak frequently at conferences and events designed to promote supplier diversity. We offer practical support to help diverse enterprises improve their overall and Caesars-related performance.
Mentoring diverse businesses
We were delighted when Bridget Carter, our Supplier Diversity Manager, was named Woman of the Year by The Quad County Urban League (QCUL) at the annual Women’s Empowerment Summit in early 2016. This honor recognizes Bridget’s tireless mentoring of women business owners and providing them with tools to improve their overall business with the casino and other industries. Bridget’s activity is part of a Mentor-Protégé Program maintained by Caesars as one of many tools and support processes to advance women and small businesses. One of these is Seema Singh, CEO of Foodco USA, a woman-owned and operated Certified Small Business offering foodservice solutions.
Expanding your business is always tough, and never more so than in the midst of a long-running economic slump. But enterprises like Caesars opened doors to minority entrepreneurs like us for business opportunities. It has helped grow our business in many ways, in increasing our volume purchases and bring down the cost so we could extend the savings to Caesars. Caesars has been a great addition to my profile and has helped me gain many other opportunities.
– Seema Singh, CEO, FOODCO USA