UT Southwestern increases business with minority-, women-owned
firms in 2003

DALLAS - Dec. 26, 2003 - A record 18.4 percent of the nearly $149 million UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas spent on purchases last fiscal year went to minority- and women-owned businesses affiliated with the state's Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) program.

The program, managed by the Texas Building and Procurement Commission, helps foster relationships between minority- and women-owned businesses and state agencies to ensure that HUB businesses have opportunities to secure state contracts.

UT Southwestern ranks ninth in total spending among all state agencies, up from 14th the previous year. Of those nine agencies, the medical center had the highest percentage of HUB spending, a total of $27.4 million.

"We are recognized as a leader in the state in terms of spending with HUB vendors," said Rosie Garcia Canales, director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Minority Affairs. "Our commitment goes beyond what the state recommends."

Ms. Canales said her office facilitates HUB spending by coordinating forums and vendor fairs throughout the year so businesses and buyers on campus can meet. UT Southwestern's HUB program includes 187 vendors.

The M Co., a division of Minority Business News DFW, a local publication about minority business and diversity, recently selected UT Southwestern for one of its 2003 Best of the Decade Sharing Success awards in supplier diversity for its HUB spending. The award recognizes distinguished public and nonprofit agencies that have established pre-eminent leadership in the supplier diversity arena.

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Media Contact: Staishy Bostick Siem
214-648-3404
staishy.siem@utsouthwestern.edu

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