The Baker Group, Inc. (TBG), a woman and minority owned event production firm, was awarded the 2009 Supplier of the Year Award presented by the Southern California Minority Business Development Council (SCMBDC) on Thursday, July 9th at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. TBG was nominated for the award by AEG, one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. Also, AEG mentored The Baker Group through the 2008 Greater Los Angeles African-American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC) Business Evolution Program.
"AEG was a wonderful corporate partner who helped take our firm to the next level from an infrastructure and business perspective. They mentored us for a year providing access to key influencers and valuable resources for our firm. We appreciate their nomination and are honored by the recognition from SCMBDC," said The Baker Group principal Tammy Dickerson, an African American entrepreneur. Dickerson, a former in-house event manager for The Coca-Cola Company, launched her firm in 2000, producing an event during the Democratic National Convention that honored former Vice President Al Gore.
The Supplier of the Year Award is a National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (NMSDC) program that celebrates outstanding certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) partnerships with member corporations. MBEs are nominated by member corporations and compete in the local competition for the award in four major categories, determined by MBEs' gross annual revenues. Local winners receive prestigious business scholarships, special recognition, and compete in the regional and national competitions. TBG was one of more than 40 nominees and 6 women and minority owned companies in the Class I category; which include businesses that generate annual sales less than $1 million.
About The Baker Group
During the past decade TBG has expanded from a home-based business to a national, full-service event production firm with a core team of more than 40 years of event management expertise. Generating almost three-quarters of a million dollars annually, TBG produces events on behalf of countless clients in the corporate, non-profit, political and entertainment sectors. Their client roster includes AEG, Wells Fargo, Disney, American Honda Motor Corporation, Major League Baseball, Nestle, US Tennis Association, US Bank, National Association of Black Engineers, National Association of Women Business Owners, City of Los Angeles Minority Business Opportunity Center (LA MBOC) and the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Since 2005 to date, TBG has managed the logistics for the Milken Institute's Annual Global Conference, that attracts more than 2,500 professionals and over 350 speakers, including News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong and numerous Nobel Prize winners. TBG and principal Tammy Dickerson have been featured in Black Enterprise magazine, recognized by The Los Angeles Business Journal as one of just 40 "Women Who Make a Difference" in the" Rising Star" category, and honored as one of "L.A.'s Inspirational Women Business Leaders" by Minorities and Women in Business magazine. Visit www.tbakergroup.com to learn more about The Baker Group.