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Retail Business Services Launch Scholarships For Black-Owned Suppliers

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Last updated on June 13th, 2024 at 03:15 pm

Retail Business Services, the services company of Ahold Delhaize USA, will offer scholarships for 20 National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) certified, Black-owned suppliers to enroll in upcoming Tuck Diversity Business Programs. This is an executive education opportunity for entrepreneurs.

The list of current suppliers to Ahold Delhaize USA companies receiving Tuck scholarships includes:

  • Myles Powell, owner, 8 Myles;
  • Olowo-n’djo Tchala, founder and CEO, Alaffia;
  • Larry Lee, president, Andy’s Seasoning Inc.;
  • Eric Johnson, president, Baldwin Richardson Foods Co.;
  • Rochelle Graham-Campbell, CEO, Black Onyx World (Alikay Naturals);
  • Bernard Bronner, president, Bronner Bros Inc.;
  • Warren Brown, CEO, Countertop Productions (Don’t Forget Cake);
  • Dr. Kenston J. Griffin, founder, Dream Builders Communication;
  • Eddie Hip, CEO, Ed Hipps Beef Provisions Inc.;
  • Andre Allen, owner, Fifththeory LLC.;
  • Jeffrey Kyle, president, K-Chemicals;
  • Tracey Richardson, owner, Lillie’s of Charleston LLC.;
  • Denise Woodard, CEO, Partake Foods Inc.;
  • Lashonda Crockett, CEO, Pennie’s Teas;
  • Kareem Cook, Prevention LLC (Naturade);
  • Charlene Sessoms, partner, Refocus;
  • Claude Booker, founder, Simply Southern Sides (Soul Food Starters);
  • Thomas Tyree, president, TWT Distributing;
  • Albert Ndjee, CEO, Ultimate Seasonings LLC; and
  • Catherine Hughes, chair, Urban One.

For 40 years, the team at Tuck has partnered with organizations like Retail Business Services to deliver high-impact business education programs that support the growth of participants and their companies. Programs at Tuck focus on helping participants realize the full potential of their value, with many of the participating entrepreneurs able to make immediate improvements to their business.

Scholarships will cover costs for recipients to enroll in a program based on the size and needs of their business. Program options include:

  • Building a Successful Diverse Business – Focused on core business tools for new owners who need to build a strong foundation of business knowledge and learn how to gain competitive advantage in their value chains; and
  • Growing an Established Diverse Business – For participants in established businesses to accelerate their growth and evaluate their future growth alternatives: organic growth, strategic alliances or acquisitions.

Quincy, Massachusetts-based Retail Business Services recently joined NMSDC as a corporate member and looks forward to continuing to extend this partnership as the company enhances its supplier diversity program.

These donations are part of a previous $5 million commitment to support racial equality that Retail Business Services made in collaboration with other Ahold Delhaize USA companies in June 2020. As part of that commitment, the companies of Ahold Delhaize USA are continuing to work with associates and community partners to support education, advocacy and business development within the Black and African American community. 

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