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with small businesses, and $41 million was the amount the company reported that it bought directly from Tier 1 Minority, Women, and Disabled Veteran-owned Business Enterprises.  

BellSouth has received recognition for its efforts in promoting diversity in supply chain services.  The company received the Corporation of the Year in 2004 and 2005 from the Florida Regional Minority Business Council, received the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Award for 2005 Corporation of the Year Award  and the Crystal Award in 2003, 2004, and 2005, based upon recommendations of suppliers doing business with BellSouth.

Charles Rehwinkel, State Vice President, Sprint

Mr. Rehwinkel said Sprint spends directly over $200,000 annually on economic development efforts in the state of Florida, and this primarily includes membership and active participation in Enterprise Florida, Inc., the Florida Economic Development Council, and the regional economic development councils around the state.

In Florida, Sprint spends annually $1.2 million on community support.  Mr. Rehwinkel said this spending, which includes organizations such as the American Heart Association, the Boys and Girls Clubs, Easter Seals, United Way, the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund, the March of Dimes, and the Urban League, is important to local communities and the many small and minority business in these neighborhoods that are served by these organizations.

Sprint has a supplier diversity department, similar to ones of the other companies, whose mission it is to identify, introduce, and promote diverse suppliers so that they have opportunities to compete for Sprint’s business.  Sprint supports local economic development initiatives through financial support of local advocacy and community groups.  The company has completed a new online registration system that was activated and in now available through the supplier diversity Web site at www.Sprint.com/Sprint/diverse.

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