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NARUC / UMAP Presentation: SDDC – The Journey. July 16, 2007. 1985. California based utilities begin reporting M/WBE to the CA Public Utilities Commission. 1994. Governor Whitman appoints Herbert H. Tate, Jr. President of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

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NARUC / UMAP Presentation:SDDC – The Journey

July 16, 2007

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  • California based utilities begin reporting M/WBE tothe CA Public Utilities Commission


Governor Whitman appoints Herbert H. Tate, Jr. Presidentof the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

Nationally, the Department of Energy establishes MBE Roundtable to “level the playing field” for doing business with major energy companies

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  • NJ BPU Resolution issued to encourage minority and women-owned businesses to forge effective working relationships with members of the public utility business community

  • 1st Annual Opportunity Conference for Minority & Women-owned Business Enterprises

  • President Tate meets with Regulated company leadershipat Executive Roundtable

  • NJ BPU Resolution establishing the SDDC


  • A Council consisting of regulated company representatives/M/WBE advocacy organizations

  • The Council will focus on developing working relationships between

  • M/WBEs and regulated companies with revenues over $10 million

  • The Council will organize and run an annual business opportunity conference and workshops

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  • 11/97 NJ BPU Commissioners voted to approve appointments to the newly formed “Supplier Diversity Development Council”

  • 12/97 The SDDC holds its inaugural meeting

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  • Samuel A. Pignatelli, South Jersey Gaselected first SDDC President

  • SDDC Operating By-laws adopted

  • Mission Statement drafted and adopted

  • Committees: Conference, Best Practices,Seminars & Support, Statewide Assessment, Nominating, and By-Laws

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  • Declaration of Interdependence signed byRegulated Company Presidents

Key aspects:

  • Business policy for doing business with M/WBE’s

  • Periodic reporting of M/WBE Program progress

  • Regulated company associate accountability

  • Encourage outreach targeted at the M/WBE community

  • Encourage and support second tier reporting

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  • 3rd Business Opportunity Conference held: “Building Strong Partnerships”


  • Ms. Avis Yates Rivers, owner Technology Concepts Group, Inc., elected President of the SDDC

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  • 4th Business Opportunity Conference: “Riding the Wave of Change – Winning in a Deregulated Environment”


  • E-Commerce

  • Certification

  • Access to Capital

  • Negotiation Skills

  • National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioner’s establishes Energy Marketing Access Partnership with a focus on natural gas providers

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  • 1st Regulated Company Statewide Assessmentreports solicited

Key areas for reporting:

  • Internal efforts

  • External efforts

  • Subcontracting (2nd tier) efforts

  • M/WBE Program Reports – MWBE expenditures

    • % of total expenditures

  • Model Program component implementation

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  • Scott R. Williams, PSE&Gelected President of the SDDC

  • Ms. Jeanne M. Fox named President NJ Board of Public Utilities

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  • 5th Business Opportunity Conference:“Success through Strategic Opportunities”

M/WBE Workshops:

  • E-Supply Chain, a Second Look

  • A Marketing Primer

  • Simple Steps to an Effective Marketing Program

  • The "New" New Jersey State Small Business Certification Process

  • Joint Ventures and Subcontracting

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Regulated company workshops held and benchmark studies conducted annually

  • Developing a Supplier Diversity Plan/Program

  • Best Practices

  • 2nd Tier Reporting format and overview of report format

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  • 6th Business Opportunity Conference held: “Rebounding: Survival Skills for Tough Times”

M/WBE Workshops:

  • Negotiation Skills

  • Electronic Auctions

  • Regulated Company: Best PracticesMentoring Program introduced  sharingbest practices company to company

  • Nationally, EMAP passes and adoptsNational Supplier Diversity Resolution

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  • Linda A. Rueda, Founder, President & CEO Ideal Data, Inc. elected SDDC President

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  • 7th Business Opportunity Conference:“Many Voices – One Vision”


  • Reverse Auction Training

  • Million Dollar Publicity Secrets for a Small Business

  • Simple Steps to an Effective Marketing Program

  • 2nd Tier

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  • SDDC Website created

  • SDDC Council Newsletter established

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  • EMAP evolves into the Utility Market Access Partnership, expanding beyond natural gas focus to include electricity, gas, water and telecom industries

  • SDDC instrumental in evaluating the California Model and New Jersey Model and in establishing the UMAP Supplier Diversity Program Model

  • NARUC endorses a model set of standards as a guide to State Commissioners and utilities to increase procurement opportunities for women and minority business owners

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  • 8th Business Opportunity Conference:“Selling Tips for Success”

M/WBE Workshops:

  • How to Sell to Corporations

  • Government Contracting

  • SDDC assists in the establishment of the Public Utility Commission of Ohio’s – Ohio GATE Advisory Council

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  • Tabitha Stanislaw, JCP&L/FirstEnergy electedSDDC President

  • NJ BPU reissues Resolution, incorporating UMAP model standards as part of the SDDC model

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  • 10th Business Opportunity Conference – The Journey:

“Celebrating 10 Years of Diversity in a Regulated Environment”

Panel/ Mergers & Acquisitions – Securing Inclusion after the Merger


  • “I’m Registered – Now What?”

  • One-on-One Matchmaker Appointments

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  • Declaration of Interdependence redrafted to incorporate UMAP standards

  • SDDC/UMAP presentation at the Edison Electric Institute Supplier Diversity Conference

  • Council meets monthly

  • Working w/the Governor’s rep. from the Office of Economic Growth to look at work together in aligning the State’s diversity initiatives