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Partnering to support diverse suppliers

A close-up photo shows a female CVS Health employee smiling while sitting around a conference table at the company’s Woonsocket, Rhode Island headquarters.

Doing business with large corporations can be challenging, especially for small businesses with few resources. To help these companies navigate the complexities, CVS Health has partnered with Roger Williams University (RWU) to establish a unique training program specifically for diverse suppliers. 

Skills for success

The goal of the Executive Learning Series for Diverse Suppliers is to arm participants with the skills needed to succeed in business and flourish in their industry. Through the program, CVS Health is not only hoping to strengthen its relationships with local suppliers, but also to help the communities we do business in flourish economically.

As part of the program, business owners and executives learn about CVS Health and the many business opportunities available with the company. The training also helps participating diverse suppliers develop valuable skills in areas such as financing and budget, leadership, management and technology, and human resources and communications, all of which can help strengthen their business as a whole.

Experts influenced curriculum

The curriculum was developed with help from several national diversity chambers and councils, including the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council, U.S. Business Leadership Network (DSDP), U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.