Campus News - June 18, 2001
Purchasing association aims to revitalize
UNM and the Rio Grande Minority Purchasing Council (RGMPC) are working together
to help strengthen the 25-year-old council through reorganization and revitalization
The mission of the Rio Grande Minority Purchasing Council is to work with minority
owned businesses, small business and women owned businesses. More than 300 different
companies are part of the RGMPC.
The efforts, spearheaded by Chris Fernandez of the UNM Purchasing Department
and acting chairman of the RGMPC, as well as several others at UNM, include
a revised business plan that deals with financial aspects of the nonprofit and
what it can do within to strengthen the organization as a whole.
We want to review the fundamental way of doing business, Fernandez
said. We discovered ways we could reorganize when we started looking at
the organization following several resignations. We took a hard look at the
financial situation and felt we would be in a better position with a stronger
organization if we reorganized. We want to determine what we can do for our
business plan to become a stronger organization.
The University has taken a lead role and is involved with several subcommittees
within the council, said Fernandez. UNM also plays an active role
with minority and corporate businesses to help them meet the criteria of the
council. The council is the only one in the state that caters exclusively to
minorities, small business and womens business.
The organization plans to expand its membership and leadership group and look at ways to generate more revenue. Besides annual dues by its members, the RGMPC also has a trade fair (led by the UNM Valencia campus), an annual banquet and other functions including a monthly breakfast designed for networking.
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