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MLGW receives top awards from the Mid-South Minority Business Council
November 20, 2007
Memphis Light, Gas and Water has won the Mid-South Minority Business Council's (MMBC) prestigious Corporation of the Year award, while MLGW's Supplier Diversity Coordinator Kimberly Lehew received the MMBC's Advocate of the Year honor. The MMBC's 2007 Robert R. Church, Sr. Achievement Awards were presented Friday, November 16, 2007 at the Holiday Inn located at the University of Memphis campus.

This marks the second MMBC win for Lehew, who previously won the award in 2005. The Advocate of the Year is given to an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to ensuring the company they represent works with a diverse group of suppliers in the Memphis/Mid-South region.

"I'm very honored to be recognized by the MMBC and proud to be a part of what they accomplish day-in and day-out in helping minority-, women-, and locally-owned small businesses," said Lehew.

This marks the third Corporation of the Year award for MLGW, a recognized leader in supplier diversity. The utility also won the award in 2001 and 2004. This year marks the 10th anniversary of MLGW's Supplier Diversity program. The program manages a proactive business process that seeks to provide suppliers equal access to purchasing opportunities and promote supplier participation reflective of MLGW's diverse customer base and business community.

Each year MLGW spends approximately 20 percent of its total procurement with minority-, women-, and locally-owned small businesses.

The results of this prominent award are determined each year by a composite of variables based on the following criteria:

  • Increased percentage over prior year in minority/women-owned businesses (M/WBEs) spend
  • Actual dollar amount spent with M/WBEs
  • Involvement of MMBC programs/processes which promote M/WBE spend
  • Amount of financial support of and participation in MMBC programs
  • Internal corporate developmental programs for M/WBEs

    The Mid-South Minority Business Council was established as a part of the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce in 1973. Today, the MMBC serves as the Memphis area's foremost minority business development organization and is highly respected by the corporate community as a trusted source of knowledge and expertise.

    MLGW is the largest three-service public power utility in the nation, serving more than 420,000 customers in Memphis and Shelby County. A 2007 survey of large metropolitan areas showed that MLGW has the sixth lowest combined rates in the nation.