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Toyota’s Opportunity Exchange Helps Suppliers Network

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Toyota Opportinity Exchange Rosa Santana

Supplier Rosa Santana at the 2014 event

For the past 26 years, Toyota has hosted its annual Opportunities Exchange—an event where Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MWBEs) can build a strong network with Tier I (direct) suppliers in order to create long-term relationships that are mutually beneficial.

The 2015 Opportunity Exchange event is currently going on at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. The event, which runs from November 9th – 10th, is free for attendees.

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“The Opportunity Exchange is a demonstration of Toyota’s genuine commitment to connect MWBEs with opportunities,” explained Eric Ellis, president and chief executive officer of Integrity Development. “Toyota is advocating for MWBEs and suppliers focused on building long-term relationships.”

The event dates back to 1989 with 300 attendees, and that number has grown to almost 2,000 attendees each year. Additionally, the event has generated more than $250 million in contracts for MWBEs.

The Opportunity Exchange features seminars and panel discussions centering around topics like how to turn relationships into opportunities. This is just one way that Toyota helps small businesses and third-party suppliers excel in their fields in a highly competitive market.

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