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partnerships with diverse suppliers. The com- pany’s Supplier Diversity Program strives to effectively expand business opportunities through outreach, training programs, and cre- ating powerful partnerships with diverse sup- pliers. National Grid believes that it is called to address the needs of the minority business community and strives to build the American economy through its commitment to energy ef- ficiency programs, increasing the capacity of small businesses and promoting economic de- velopment. Supplier Diversity specific activities are in-


National Grid and GoTToGo Electric Inc N


ational Grid’s vision is to be a global leader in developing strong, sustainable


Kristin Gomborone and Gabrielle Keister are the Principals of GoTToGo Electric.


corporated directly into National Grid’s trans- actional and strategic procurement processes. The company maintains a database system of diverse suppliers. National Grid is strongly committed to the support, development and utilization of diverse suppliers in connection with and in support of delivering safe, reliable and efficient energy services to its customers. National Grid’s Supplier Diversity Office


has three programs, each with specific goals for diversity spend. Corporate purchasing, its agreement with the Federal government’s General Services Administration, and under its agreement with LIPA they manage the organization’s Supplier Diversity Program. The markets in which National Grid does bu- siness are becoming more multifaceted and multi-cultural all the time.. Having a rich cul- tural vendor base helps the company better serve its diverse customers and communities and partnering with GoTToGo Electric Inc. is in alignment with National Grid’s objective to increase diversity spend with minority and women-owned suppliers. Here are some ways National Grid’s Sup-


plier Diversity Office helps minority and wo- men-owned businesses: „ Project consultation „ Help identify procurement and joint ven- ture opportunities


„ Train new staff members „ Identify bonding and financing


oppor-


tunities Here are some of the ways minorities and women-owned businesses can support Natio- nal Grid’s Supplier Diversity Office: „ Complete the National Grid online Sup- plier Registration Form


„ Attend events and workshops hosted by National Grid’s Supplier Diversity Office


„ Respond to various requests for proposals „ Get certified by the state and/or National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) or the Women’s Business En- terprise National Council (WBENC)


24 www.blackeoejournal.com The Black E.O.E. Journal National Grid purchases a wide variety of


products and services. The company has a list of 25 primary categories that range from building and facilities services which include everything from cafeteria assistance to snow removal and road sweeping, to maintenance repair and operations equipment such as com- pressors, pumps, motors and fans, as well as the uniforms worn by the people who operate the equipment. National Grid seeks to develop long-term relationships with key suppliers who are com- mitted to continuous improvement and to maintaining the highest standard of quality and service. GoTToGo Electric has been a Natio- nal Grid supplier since 1989. GoTToGo Electric Inc. is a Manufacturer’s Representative of electrical equipment located in the Fingerlakes Region of New York. GoT- ToGo is a New York State certified Woman- owned Business Enterprise, representing high quality electrical equipment. The supplier pri- marily works with National Grid under mate- rial contracts ranging from one to three years in length and they also participate in spot buy projects that include the products they repre- sent, such as power cables, wire and street lighting. GoTToGo Electric works closely with


National Grid’s contract administrators, pur- chasing agents and materials management representatives to forecast, capacity plan, and order and deliver products as needed on time. A constant open dialogue between all of these team members is what makes the relationship successful. Currently, GoTToGo is participating in a four-year project throughout the National Grid


service area to replace all of the mercury vapor streetlights with the most efficient high intensi- ty discharge streetlights available today. GoT- ToGo is also participating in many ongoing cable replacement projects throughout the Na- tional Grid service area providing a number of different products for these projects. GoTToGO plans to continue growing the relationship with National Grid and to work closely with the company’s operations in New England. Their goal is to help National Grid meet their supplier diversity goals with out- standing products and services at competitive prices.


About National Grid: National Grid is an international energy


delivery company and one of the largest in- vestor-owned energy companies in the world. In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). It is also the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island. Na- tional Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers.


About GoTToGo Electric Inc.: GoTToGo Electric Inc. was established in


1989 as a small electrical distributor. At the time, there were two employees, distributing almost ten manufacturers products. In 2001 we started a transition from distribution to Manufacturer’s Representative. Today, we have five outside sales representatives cove- ring New York and New England and three in- side customer support representatives for your convenience. We represent a concentrated number of electrical manufacturers to ensure that we provide the best representation pos- sible for our valued principals with complete knowledge of their product line. Our custo- mers appreciate our concentrated efforts and expertise in the products that we offer. We will continue to grow selectively with products that complement our existing focus. You can see more at www.gottogoelectric.com


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