Center Stage

A League Of Our Own

In a welcome effort to woo women business owners, Dun & Bradstreet recently announced the formation of its Minority & Women-Owned Business Development Group. "We've done a lot of work in support of minority- and women-owned business but felt the need to coordinate our efforts, get more focused, and really have more of an impact," says Ron Wesson, vice president in charge of the new group.

The first item on the group's agenda is to give entrepreneurial women access to Dun & Bradstreet's database free of charge, providing increased visibility among large suppliers, vendors, customers and partners; the ability to bid on government contracts set aside for women- and minority-owned business; and increased access to capital.

"We have a dual mission," says Wesson. "First, we want to help support the growth and development of these businesses; second, we want to give them [more] exposure in the marketplace."

As the group matures, Wesson foresees the possibility of creating special services targeted to women-owned businesses. In the meantime, he says, "we continue to have an open dialogue with [entrepreneurs] and women's organizations, asking them what they need to be successful."

For more information, contact Ron Wesson at 899 Eaton Ave., Bethlehem, PA 18025, (610) 882-7117.

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This article was originally published in the May 1997 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Center Stage.

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