diversity and business development program, Progress Energy is committed to the development, utilization, and growth of minority-owned, women-owned, and small businesses.
Mr. Oliveira said Progress has a supplier diversity operating plan, and there are strategies within that plan. He said the company sets and reports supplier diversity goals and actual goals; he also provides supplier diversity training to all of the company’s supply chain management personnel or anyone else who works with a contractor or a supplier.
Progress Energy continues to develop new ways to increase Small/Diverse Business Utilization. The company identifies small and minority-owned businesses, and the company has a Web site for company registration. If company representatives do not find a company on the Progress Energy’s Web site, they will use another database, such as the United States Central Contractor Registration (CCR) and State of Florida’s Office of Supplier Diversity’s Web site.Progress Energy attracts businesses through the “matchmaking” process and also through one-on-one meetings. The company sponsors the University of South Florida’s small business trade fair and is a member of the Florida Minority Supplier Development Council. The company also is a sponsor of the Orlando-Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business and MEDWeek, an event sponsored by the federal government, for Minority Enterprise Development Week.
In addition to the Progress Energy’s many initiatives in its supplier diversity program, the company also has a Tier 2 Program that encourages subcontracting opportunities for minority-, women-, persons with disabilities, Vietnam era-, and service disabled veteran-owned business enterprises (M/W/DV BEs). In addition to the company’s own outreach and development efforts, Progress expects its primary contractors to support the company’s policy goals by engaging SMWDVBEs as subcontractors in the production of goods and services for Progress