Angelique Solorio Alvarez

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An Excellent MBE Resource: The 2018 National Minority Supplier Development Council Conference

By Angelique Solorio Alvarez |   Wed, Oct 10, 2018 @ 01:16 PM

As the Chief Diversity Relations Officer of ATR, the fall season is always the most exciting time of the year for me because of the annual National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) conference. Last year, ATR International had the honor of receiving the prestigious Supplier of the Year award. As we look forward to returning to this year’s conference in Austin, it’s a natural time to reflect on the NMSDC and its impact on our growth and success.

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The Ways ATR Gives Back to the Minority Business Community

By Angelique Solorio Alvarez |   Tue, Oct 09, 2018 @ 09:59 AM

We know growing a minority business is difficult because we’ve been there. We’ve gone through those days of uncertainty and struggle and have come out on the other side better for it. While all that pressure and hard work led to tremendous success, we would have loved a helping hand during that time. That’s why we strive to mentor those within the minority business community, reaching out to smaller and growing MBEs that are working through the same growing pains we once did while aspiring to reach our current level of success.

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4 Methods for Growing Your Minority-Owned Business

By Angelique Solorio Alvarez |   Wed, Aug 29, 2018 @ 09:18 AM

Minority-owned businesses such as ours face a lot of pressure. We’re often in the spotlight as representatives of an entire community. It takes hard work, as one mistake can be a blemish on other MBEs, which make up 29% of businesses in the U.S. As you focus on growing your minority-owned business, there are a number of things to keep in mind to ensure success, all of which have been utilized at ATR.

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Volunteering Is Good For Business

By Angelique Solorio Alvarez |   Wed, Apr 26, 2017 @ 06:58 AM

As National Volunteer Month comes to an end, we wanted to take an opportunity to share our Volunteer Time Off Program and our passion for volunteering and supporting local charities. We encourage each of our internal employees to participate in our VTO Program, which offers each internal employee 5 days per year (one 40-hour work week) to volunteer at a charitable organization of their choice.
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All of Your Employees Need to Understand the Value of Being an MBE

By Angelique Solorio Alvarez |   Wed, Apr 06, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

As a Minority Business Owner, you know firsthand what it has taken to found and grow your company. In the beginning, you are not only the owner but likely it’s head salesperson, chief marketing officer, HR department, and more; the list goes on. You know the hard work that it takes to be in a position to be a supplier to large corporations. You understand that being a diverse business brings certain benefits and advantages to your clients and you know how to demonstrate them.  If you have taken full advantage of MBE certification, you are also aware of all that the NMSDC has to offer in order to help you grow your business.  

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The Undeniable Benefits of a Diverse Workplace

By Angelique Solorio Alvarez |   Tue, Mar 15, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

Many of us know the importance and benefits of diversity and the benefits of having a diverse supplier base. In addition to being good for the overall business community to support MBE’s and other entrepreneurial endeavors, there are real advantages to working with companies owned and operated by individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience.

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Class 4 MBEs - The NMSDC Needs You

By Angelique Solorio Alvarez |   Tue, Feb 09, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

Certification through the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC) brings many benefits. Most MBEs regardless of size see the benefit of attending the larger events such as the national conference, but I have noticed over the years that more of the smaller MBEs take advantage of our seminars and workshops for valuable training and networking. It’s a shame but I don’t generally see many of my fellow Class 4 MBE members attending these same local events, and it’s time we change that.

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As an MBE, There's More to Networking Than You Think

By Angelique Solorio Alvarez |   Thu, Dec 17, 2015 @ 10:16 AM

Networking. We are advised to do it, and with good reason: because it works. Most of us understand that, but do we truly understand how valuable and critical that support system is to business success?

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The Power of Participation as a Minority Business Enterprise

By Angelique Solorio Alvarez |   Thu, Nov 19, 2015 @ 08:56 AM

As the year end draws closer, I’ve been reflecting, and I want to focus this post on the value and power of being involved with your local NMSDC council. Over the past three and a half years of being active with our local council, the WRMSDC, I have had the chance to witness firsthand what positive things can come from just a little time and dedication. Being involved beyond simply getting certified is the key to getting the most out of your certification.

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Our Path to MBE Success

By Angelique Solorio Alvarez |   Tue, Apr 28, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Smart companies appreciate the benefits of a diverse supplier base, and are recognized for their supplier diversity initiatives. There are different levels of supplier diversity programs at these corporations but almost all Fortune 1000, and many other businesses of various sizes, have some sort of program from basic to comprehensive. As an MBE, a corporate program can be a valuable source of information, and the type of program and support that they provide can also be a clue as to their level of commitment to working with diverse businesses. Sometimes working with a company as they embark on implementing diversity goals, develop a program, and begin to identify MBE suppliers can lead to opportunity, while other times it is more beneficial to work with a more established program and reap the benefits of their experience, advice, and assistance.

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