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Our Supplier Diversity Commitment
We understand the value of building and maintaining a base of qualified, diverse suppliers whose creative solutions help us better serve our customers. Because this is so important to the way we do business, we equip new and existing suppliers to compete more successfully for new business, within and outside of SCE.
A special thank you to all who have participated.
SCE’s supplier development programs reside under our Entrepreneurial Development, Growth and Education (EDGE) Program. Within the EDGE Program are three tiers that focus on our primary development objectives:
- SCE Supplier University (SCESU) Programs
- SCEngagement Programs
- Business Connections Program
These programs are designed to provide participants with the information, relationships, and tools necessary to grow their business to the next level. All programs require supplier applications, while some are by invitation only. Workshops are open to all DBE’s and are identified on the Calendar or Events. Prior to selection, you may be interviewed. If selected for one of our Programs, you will be expected to participate in each session and event related to the program cirriculm. These sessions are free of charge. Admission to these programs does not constitute being an SCE approved vendor, nor does it guarantee a contract with SCE.
The SCESU programs focus on the areas of Mentorship, Readiness and Technical Assistance Workshops.
This 18-month program has a three-tiered progressive learning curriculum aimed at suppliers poised for growth. Candidates for this program have demonstrated a history of solid performance and are ready to take their business to the next level.
Tier 1: Leading Edge Workshops offer classroom-style instruction tailored to meet the specific development need of the participants based upon a comprehensive business assessment conducted at the beginning of the program.
Tier 2: The Executive Entrepreneur Development Program is a university-based entrepreneur development program with SCE sponsorship for a member of the participating firms.
Tier 3: The Mentor Protégé Program provides participants with coaching and support from a “Power Team” of SCE Procurement, Supplier Diversity and Development and business unit representatives, as well as an executive business development coach.
Tier 4: Professional business coaches provide customized one-on-one coaching and council based upon the needs and goals of participating vendors.
Our program is unique in that it provides a customized curriculum targeting the participating suppliers’ specific areas of opportunity for improvement. Additionally, the “Power Team” to provide ongoing support and heightened transparency to both SCE and business processes.
Prime Time Program
SCE prime suppliers and contractors have agreed to collaborate with the Supplier Diversity & Development team on a mentor/protégé initiative designed to assist qualified Minority, Women, and Service Disabled Veteran Owned firms grow, offer value and improve their ability to earn project opportunities. This program is facilitated by the Prime vendors, however SCE holds quarterly meetings to remain involved on vendor progress, opportunities and development.
This is SCE’s customized performance enhancement training program launched to selected DBE vendors. Participants receive targeted coaching to support heightened performance against objectives. The program also identifies areas for improvement through a professional business coach throughout the entire process.
Super Stars Program
Created for graduates of our Mentorship Program, graduates who are engaged in Power Team meeting with SCE representatives and provided education and networking opportunities to maintain business relationships developed during their involvement in the Mentorship Program.
SCMSDC Mentorship Program
SCE serves as a Mentor to 2 DBE vendors to assist in capacity building in support of the Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council.
Business Evolution Program
SCE serves as a Mentor to 1 DBE vendor to assist in capacity building through the creation of a customized development program which provides networking, mentorship and exposure to key business contacts.
Mentorship Program for diverse and Service Disabled Veteran owned businesses to support supplier sustainability within SCE. The program provides technical assistance in addition to SCE specific guidance and feedback from key project managers and representatives.
The SCEngagement programs focus on experienced-based training opportunities to promote capacity building in joint partnership with other corporate partners and institutions.
The Advanced Technology Management Institute (ATMI) provides DBE suppliers with leading edge skills and approaches designed to help their leaders understand the technologies and innovations that are increasingly changing the business landscape and the business prospects of all market participants. The goal of the program is to put DBEs on the forefront of new technology to produce value for their customers.
- Participants - The participants will be selected from California's most successful DBEs and will be limited to the very top management from the 8-10 firms per year who will be invited to attend this innovative institute. Selected firms will send teams of two individuals, one of whom must be the CEO or President. A third executive such as the Chairman of the Board of directors may be asked to participate in the concluding module as a way of deepening engagement and accelerating commitment to actionable change and results relative to an agreed-to technology.
- Curriculum - The ATMI will be structured as an executive training program with a curriculum that addresses the needs of customers as well as prime and second-tier suppliers who could also work with DBEs. Particular attention will be paid to the strategic importance of innovation and technology. Topics include: Strategic Thinking, Emerging Technologies, Strategic Partnerships, Value Chain Strategy, Venture Capital for Emerging Technologies, Managing Supply Chain Innovations
- Schedule - The program will consist of 3 modules. Each module will begin Thursday afternoon and end Saturday afternoon. Modules include lectures, workshops, panels and speakers.
- Management of Technology Innovation Project (MOTIP) - Participants will work closely with instructors on a strategic technology plan throughout the program. Starting with Module I, participants will be introduced to the content and process of the projects. Following lectures, they will participate in working sessions to develop a preliminary project and action plan. Participants will give short presentations of their preliminary project plans at the end of Module I. Between Modules I and II, participants develop their strategic technology plans. Instructors will provide feedback and visit participating companies to meet with other key managers. Participants will present updated plans during Module II, and receive feedback from other participants. Participants will develop their expanded plans following Module II, and will present completed strategic technology and action plan during Module III. Participants will work closely with instructors in building business strategies around emerging technologies.
- Mentoring - The mentoring between the DBE firms, the instructors and the sponsors on the technology project is a unique relationship that lasts beyond the formal part of the program. Faculty and teaching assistants will work with participants as they evolve and accelerate their businesses through technology. We recognize that there is a learning curve and will see you through the program each step of the way.
Business Connections Program
The Business Connections Program is currently being developed with partnering Community Based Organizations to provide technical assistance and training opportunities for their members while leveraging outreach opportunties and conferences. We are dedicated to strengthening the supplier base for opportunities related to SCE and California’s utilities while supporting the organizations that represent these suppliers.
Supplier Readiness Certificate Program
A program that will address all of the key areas of importance that a buyer looks closely at during various times of the procurement process. Certificate will ensure the supplier has been through an in-depth educational process to understand how the process works and how to compete with a fair advantage.
Contract Readiness Workshop Series
Technical assistance workshops to DBE vendors in the SCE service territory. Participants are provided a proven framework for business and market analysis and strategic planning at three locations.
Turner School of Construction
SCE sponsors DBE vendors in the construction industry to enhance their technical, business & administrative skills in construction management through a 7 week course.
These customized events provide experiential learning to well-qualified DBE vendors in new and emerging technologies. In this creative training environment with multiple locations, suppliers receive invaluable information from industry leaders. Participants were equipped with knowledge and expertise from SCE’s procurement and business unit professionals on how to prepare quality bids on technology applications relevant to SCE.
Small Contract Selection
Designed to provide specific opportunities for qualified DBEs to gain first-hand experience working small projects for SCE through awarding directed POs. This will allow our DBEs to grow their understanding of the work scope and SCE’s expectations.
Designed to provide applicable feedback based upon recent competitive bids, which will include technical and commercial information. This will provide DBEs with important coaching to better prepare subsequent bids, which will heighten their competitive edge.
Peak Leadership Academy
Advanced business education including a certificate program in Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, Financial Growth Strategies and Innovation & Entrepreneurial Development (in partnership with NAWBO LA, UCLA Anderson School of Business, Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and USC Marshall School of Business).
Access to Capital Financial Workshop
Workshops held in collaboration with financial institutions to inform DBEs on opportunities to obtain access to capital.
Prime Subcontracting Opportunity Workshops
Designed to connect DBEs with both Southern California Edison and it's Prime Suppliers for existing and future subcontracting opportunities. These events cover a variety of specialties and focus on building relationships between large Tier 1 suppliers and growing Tier 2 suppliers.
One-day development events to bring together current and potential suppliers to provide resources, access, and tools for becoming a more successful supplier. These events help us develop supplier business relationships. They also promote the growth of supplier businesses through workshops and sessions designed to increase overall business knowledge and promote partnerships.
Throughout the day, SCE personnel, business coaches, and community representatives present topics such as
- Improving business operations
- Upcoming business opportunities
- How to grow your business
- How to do business with SCE
As part of our supplier diversity outreach efforts, we support a wide array of organizations that promote the growth and development of diverse business enterprises (DBEs). Our partnership may include
- Offering guidance to ethnic trade organizations and Chambers
- Providing financial support
- Making in-kind donations and services to leverage development and success of DBEs. Examples include the following:
- We partnered with the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) for a grant to fund its PEAK Leadership Program. This program taught courses on the process of innovative problem solving for women business owners.
- We also partnered with the Southern California Minority Development Council as an advisor of their development DBE Mentor Protégé Program.
- We also take part in a number of events to identify qualified DBEs for business opportunities with SCE and offer programs to help them grow and prosper. Our efforts have not only led to increased procurement opportunities with diverse businesses, but also recognition from a variety of organizations.
- Staff members have served in Board leadership positions and/or held memberships in a variety of organizations including:
- Asian Business Association - Los Angeles Chapter
- National Association of Women Business Owners - Los Angeles Chapter
- American Indian Chamber of Commerce
- The Elite Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB)
- Black Business Association of Los Angeles
- California Black Chamber of Commerce
- Southern California Minority Business Development Council
- The California Alliance
- Latino Business Association
- Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce
- California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce
Calendar of Events
Here are some events we attend. If you want to attend, please contact the sponsoring organization for registration information. We look forward to seeing you there.View
Supplier Diversity Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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