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 "General Motors Minority Dealers Association Celebrating 20 Years of Serving Minority Dealers"

The General Motors Minority Dealers Association is a 501(c) (6) membership organization that represents more than one-half of the General Motors minority-owned dealerships in the United States.

Over the past 20 years, the GMMDA has served the GM minority dealer community by promoting and protecting the profitability of all existing General Motors minority dealers and has worked together with General Motors to install new minority dealers in viable opportunities.

Our dealers are committed to a high standard of customer service and are dedicated to satisfying its customers in every way possible. In 2006, the GM minority dealers sold over 245,000 new vehicles, representing over $12.4 billion sales.

One of the more celebrated activities of the year is the annual GMMDA Scholarship and Awards Banquet. The proceeds from the banquet, together with contributions from GMMDA vendor partners, are used to provide scholarships to minority high school seniors and college students. Since 1987, the GMMDA and its members have provided over one million dollars in scholarships to assist minority students in achieving their educational goals.

Join us to celebrate 20 years of serving the GM minority dealer community and 18 years of "making educational dreams come true" at the annual GMMDA Scholarship & Awards Banquet that will be held on Friday, February 2, 2007 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV. Troy Clarke, President of General Motors North America will serve as our keynote speaker.


 America's Top Government Agencies for Multicultural Business Opportunities Declared

USPSUnited States Postal Service were today declared as the “Top Government Agency for Multicultural Business Opportunities of 2006”. Over 500,000 diversity business owners had the opportunity to participate in an online election to determine the “Top” agencies. The honor extends to another nineteen agency’s and is collectively called the Div50.

As minorities gain more buying power and their lifestyles become more affluent, multicultural markets are growing in economic muscle. This in turn attracts more corporations, as they compete for market share in minority communities. The Div20 list has become, by virtue of association, a consumer guide of sorts for women and minority consumers. “As a diversity business owner, I appreciate the business we receive from corporate and government buyers; and in turn, when I buy products and services, either as a company or as a private individual, I am much more likely to buy from the same companies that are supporting my business, or that I know are supporting businesses like mine,” said Peter Clarke, owner of Advanced Cleaning Concepts headquartered in Bridgeport, CT.


 AT&T named Top Organization for Multicultural Business Opportunities

AT&T was  declared as the “Top Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities of 2006”. Over 500,000 diversity business owners had to opportunity to participate in an online election to determine the “Top” organizations.. The honor extends to another forty-nine major corporations and is collectively called the Div50.

The 7th annual list was produced by DiversityBusiness.com, the nation's leading multicultural B2B online website. The voting business owners based their decisions on such factors as the volume, consistency and quality of business opportunities granted to women and minority-owned companies. Other large companies at the top of the list are Coca Cola, Bank of America, Dell, Toyota, Procter & Gamble and Wal-Mart. 


 Top 500 Women Owned Businesses in the United States Announced

At the top of 2006’s Div500 is Omega World Travel, based in Fairfax, VA, with $1.3 billion in 2005 revenues, Total Travel Management based in Troy, MI with $1.2 billion in 2005 revenues, Sun Coast Resources from Houston, TX with $867 million in 2005 revenue and Act-1 Group from Torrance, CA with $780 million in 2005 revenue. The top companies will be honored at a special awards ceremony at DiversityBusiness.com’s 7th Annual Multicultural Business Conference, taking place April 11 – April 13, 2007 at the Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Diversity-owned businesses contribute over $1.4 trillion in sales to the U.S. economy,” said Kenton Clarke, CEO of Computer Consulting Associates International, the company that built DiversityBusiness.com. “It is no longer just “the right thing” to do business with diversity suppliers. Because of recent economic and demographic trends and changes, major corporations are realizing that having a diverse supplier base positively impacts their business revenue from this sector of buyers”.

“This group represents the entrepreneurial spirit that drives our economy and even more. It offers insights into a vastness of cultures and an exchange of ideas that are so valuable in helping me to understand how to reach the needs of today's consumers” commented Gloria Bohan, CEO of Omega World Travel from Fairfax Virginia.


 7th Annual National Multicultural Business conference




Over 1,500 Attendee's expected from Major corporations, Educational Institutions, Government Agencies and Small Businesses.

This conference offers Education, Training and Networking for:

  • Chief Diversity Officers
  • Women Entrepreneurs
  • Small Business Entrepreneurs
  • Supplier Diversity, Purchasing, Marketing and Human Resource Executives
  • Government Decision-makers
  • Financial Services Professionals
  • Corporate Diversity Executives
  • College/University Administrators & Faculty
  • Diversity Consultants & Trainers

Click here To learn more and register for the conference 

 (Optional) Executive GOLF Tournament at ROYAL LINKS GOLF CLUB

Missed your invitation to play in the British Open? Not to worry, you can play 18 of the best holes of the Open rotation courses right here in Las Vegas at Royal Links. Royal Links Golf Club was created to honor the rich tradition and history of the game of golf. It is one of the most unique playing experiences in the country. This Links style course faithfully recreates holes inspired by the British Open.



DiversityBusiness.Info News Briefs:
 Aflac Creates New Civic Awards Program Honoring Hispanic Small Businesses
 Ford Honors Diverse Suppliers with Diversity Development Awards
 Toyota sets new minority business spending target
 TBS Supplier Diversity Business Symposium 2006 Reaches New Dimension
 IBM moves its Global Procurement Headquarters To China
 Kenton Clarke named to list of 2006 "Top Black Entrepreneurs"
 Insurance Benefits for DiversityBusiness Members
 Membership Information for the Nations Leading Business Website

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