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The MBHF&M spotlights the achievements of those whose paths were no always clearly defined. We are honoring those who had the vision, and in many cases, the courage, to push open the doors that led to business ownership, to making supplier diversity a reality, and to ensure equal access to both private sector work and lucrative government contracts.
It is imperative that the deeds of these pioneers and trailblazers not go unnoticed and unheralded for two reasons. First, they deserve to be honored. Second, future generations need to know who the pioneers are, what they did, what they had to do to get it done. In addition, present day leaders, who overcome a different set of challenges, deserve to be recognized.
Any person or institution fulfilling the award criteria described below can apply or be nominated.
- The candidate is a “first” in the area of minority business development, with a record of outstanding accomplishments in that “first” category.
- The candidate has had (or has) a major impact on the direction and development of MWBEs through leadership and action in the public or private sector.
- The candidate is a person or institution who set an example of leadership in the Minority Business Development field that all can follow and build on in the future.
- Candidates from the corporate or public sector must be retired or no longer actively working. Business owners who are still involved with their business are eligible.
- Nominees must meet at least one of the above criteria for consideration for the Minority Business Hall of Fame by the selection committee. Nominations must be limited to 1500 words and are due no later than November 15. Attachments to support nomination(s) must be sent under separate cover to the Minority Business Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 260693, Dallas, TX 75026-0693.