Aug 09 2018

Continued Outreach to M/WBE and SDVOSB Businesses

On August 2, Summit hosted a seminar reviewing relevant laws with M/WBE and SDVOSB businesses, addressing how the laws can affect employers. This seminar was part of Summit’s Diversity Program Informational Workshop Series, intended for minority/women-owned business enterprises (M/WBE) and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB).

Summit’s Diversity & Inclusion Officer Natalie Califano led the event. The event featured key speakers from Cool Insuring Agency. The seminar reviewed OSHA laws and standards, as well as how security firms should handle OSHA inspections. The seminar then turned to Employee Benefits and Human Resources, where NYS Paid Family Leave and new sexual harassment laws were discussed.

Summit’s Vice President of Commercial Services Division, Daniel Sepulveda, was in attendance. He said, “The speakers were well versed on their topics. Given the recent changes in laws regarding safety, sexual harassment training requirements, and other topics, the event was both well-timed and instructive. Kudos to the entire seminar team on a successful and informative session!”

Continuing our outreach to other businesses, Summit also recently attended CUNY and CUCF’s 2018 M/WBE SDVOSB Contract Opportunities Conference at John Jay. Other exhibitors included banks, educational institutions, construction companies, and the NYPD, along with others. The M/WBE and SDVOSB businesses present offered services in security, marketing, printing, educational opportunities, and IT.

Discussing the two events, Natalie said, “These events allow us to meet other businesses in person. During this time, we can discuss the benefits of being partners and learn more about each other’s business. Conferences such as these are truly beneficial to all who attend.”

Are you part of an M/WBE or SDVOSB organization? Contact Natalie Califano to learn more about our Diversity & Inclusion initiatives, as well as our partnership opportunities, at

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