Synergy Attends The 2017 MMPC

MMSDC logo 2016.JPGThursday, May 4th was a cold and rainy day outside, but inside Cobo Hall, things were looking bright as ever. The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council, a staple of the Michigan business community and champion of diversity, played host to the 40th installment of the Michigan Minority Procurement Conference and it an event to remember. The Walls of Cobo Hall echoed with the sounds of jubilation and progress and companies from around our great state and beyond came together to accomplish a common goal, Support, and champion the success of minority businesses.

The morning started off with a bang as Michelle Robinson, the MMSDC president addressed the eager crowd and opened the Opportunity Fair with the ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremony. What followed that was a day filled with forging new connections, rekindling old ones, and many businesses establishing an appreciation for the hard work of the minority business community. Synergy continued our tradition of having a very strong presence at the event by not only having five employee’s present, one of which was our wonderful CEO Mr. Sridha Guduguntla but also had one of the more impressive MBE display booth at the show. This display complete with boards depicting Synergy’s new diverse innovative solutions, and a full on multimedia display helped to show others that not only are they a prominent player in the IT staffing space, but also a force to be reckoned with when it comes to innovative business solutions.

The highlight of the event would without a doubt end up being the sheer amount of new connections Synergy was able to make as a result of our company’s strong display, and the amazing effort of our employees. With follow-up appointments trending into the double digits it was safe to say this event, as is the case every year, was an astounding success for Synergy Computer Solutions. We look forward to carrying this momentum into the NMPC this fall which will also be hosted by COBO Hall in downtown Detroit. Synergy was happy to be able to be a part of such a wonderful event, and looks forward to representing the MMSDC for many years to come!

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Synergy Attends the MMSDC Kick Off

Synergy Computer Solutions has been a proud member of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) since 2000 and every year we look forward to the annual Kick-Off meeting. Michelle Robinson, the head of the MMSDC, lead an enthusiastic group of attendees in taking an in-depth look at what to expect in 2017.. At the forefront of the conversation was Project One.

 

Synergy Computer Solutions has a longstanding and successful history with Project One. Through Project One, Synergy was able to establish many relationships it still maintains today, leveraged business that was extremely beneficial to our company, and gained insights that have proved to be invaluable. As a Project One alumnus, Synergy’s own Leslie Knitter, has gone on to tutor other former and current members on how to efficiently and effectively utilize the program.

 

This new installment of the decade old program focuses on connecting certified vendors with new vendors and helping them become more successful members of the MMSDC. This new focus will seek to energize the program, boost corporate engagements for CEOs, and attempt to connect these new enrollees with various chambers of commerce.

 

Synergy is optimistic about the potential of participating in the newest round of Project One. Seeing how beneficial it was for our company the first time around, as alumni, we will continue to be an outspoken proponent of the program. We look forward to the next event and will continue to do everything we can to uphold the mission of the MMSDC.

Synergy Supports the NMSDC

cvja7iixeaqywjrMinority Business Enterprises (MBEs) in the United States are part of the under lying fabric of the economy.  By bringing these businesses together, we are able to help strengthen the minority business community and propel our interests forward. The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) helps to facilitate all of these efforts and encourages MBEs to help one another while contributing to the overall economy. During the week of October 23rd the NMSDC did just that by hosting their annual Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange in Chicago, Illinois. Synergy’s Jeff Petrusha, Bruce Gracz, and Matt Petrusha participated in the event and had a great and productive time.

Synergy Computer Solutions had high hopes for Monday at the Business Opportunity Exchange and we were certainly not disappointed. From the ribbon cutting ceremony to the power lunch, there was interaction, cohesion, and comradery as far as the eye could see. The hall looked wonderful, the speakers were charismatic, and above all there were multiple chances for deals to be made, and opportunities for suppliers to find new inroads with major companies both domestically and abroad.

Synergy hit the floor running at the opportunity exchange, visiting all our old friends, and even making some new ones.  A long day of mingling included stops at old favorites such as FCA, Toyota, and Baxter international as well as Blue Cross Blue Shield, CNA Insurance, and Dakkota Integrated Systems, and more. The folks from Synergy were busy from morning till evening at McCormick place and could not have been happier for the opportunity to connect with new MBEs and old friends. One thing is for sure, Synergy is always glad to do our part to solve IT problems in the MBE community and support the NMSDC.

Synergy bridges the gap in IT diversity.

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International Women’s Day, March 8th, is observed by multiple countries across the globe to celebrate the efforts of women both in the home and in the work place. It is important we recognize how far the women’s suffrage/rights movement has come. From women not being able to vote as early as the start of the 1900’s to now being in contention to become president of the United States of America in 2016, the rights of women both domestically and abroad have grown leaps and bounds.

Prior to the 1900s, women did not have many rights, not just in terms of voting, or the ability to influence change, but in the work place as well. Conditions and privileges for women in the factories and various other occupations were considered substandard at best. That is what paved the way for the demonstration in New York City 1908 where on February 28th the seeds were planted for International Women’s Day. It was here that the female garment workers of New York organized a strike to protest the atrocious working conditions. When these atrocities were brought to light, change soon began to follow leading to the celebration of the holiday in New York a year later in 1909. This series of events set in motion the organization of women around the globe. In the following year, 1910, spurred on by the strike in New York City, the Socialist International Women’s Organization met in Copenhagen and established a definitive International Women’s Day to honor the movement for women’s rights and garner support for universal women’s suffrage.  This movement would gain additional steam in communist Russia and other Soviet states until Moscow officially recognized the day in 1917.Ironically the west didn’t observe the popular and widely accepted event until 1977 when the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim the March 8th date as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.

International Women’s Day is momentous in that it helps bring to light many problems women have faced in the work force and now we have started to see major progress. One of those issues is the startlingly low percentage of women in the tech field, but even with this effort, the male dominated IT world has started to change things up. The current work force is comprised of 56% women; however they only hold 25% of jobs in the IT field. This number is slowly but surely starting to grow. Not just at the entry level either, 11% of women are in C-level positions in Fortune 500 corporations, and 5% of tech startups are women owned and this number too is on the rise. The Carly Fiorinas of the world will soon have company in those managerial roles at top level IT corporations, and we could not be more excited about that.

Synergy Computer Solutions is a certified Minority Business Enterprise who supports diversity in IT, but did you know that at Synergy’s Detroit Headquarters alone, half of our employees are women?  Many of them are from different backgrounds and because of that at Synergy we have five languages being spoken in the office at any given time. Synergy has female employees with roots tracing back to countries from Europe, multiple Indian representatives, some from Mexico, and also those of African American descent. With all these cultures represented, it is easy to see how Synergy is doing its part to buck the trend and celebrate women in IT. We are proud to promote diversity in the workplace and firmly stand committed to gender equality. Celebrate International Women’s Day by having an extremely diverse work force? WE DO THAT.