Diverse Suppliers: Time Warner Cable Wants Your Business!

by Tiffany Bain on August 26, 2013

Diversity and Inclusion at Time Warner CableAre you an owner or operator of a for-profit U.S.-based minority, woman, veteran, disabled or LGBT enterprise that conducts business in the telecommunications industry? Have you considered selling your products and services to leading telecom companies to expand your business? If so, Time Warner Cable may be the partner for you.

During its Aug. 15 webinar, Time Warner Cable recently proved that there is a plethora of opportunities for diverse business owners to expand their enterprises as vendors in the communications industry.  The nation’s second largest telecommunications service provider kicked off its monthly webinar series aimed at promoting numerous procurement opportunities it has available and wants prospective vendors to pursue.

Why Time Warner is Dedicated to Supplier Diversity

Subcontracting with minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, disabled-owned, and LGBT-owned businesses is a policy that Time Warner Cable upholds, according to a statement by CEO and President Glen Britt mentioned during the 20-minute webinar. In 2012, The Human Rights Campaign recognized the company as one of the “Best Places to Work” for LGBT employees, and Women in Communications honored it as one of its “Best Operators for Women in Cable” in 2011.

“An open environment blends the experiences, cultures, influences, languages and perspectives of our employees and customers into everyday business practices. It is the framework that helps us compete in today’s multicultural marketplace,” Britt states on Time Warner’s Supplier Diversity website.

How You Can Find Time Warner’s Procurement Opportunities

According to Orzoria Watson, Time Warner Cable’s Supplier Diversity Manager and Strategic Procurement Manager, and Richard Benbow, Time Warner Cable Western Region’s Senior Government Affairs Director, the company is looking to partner with other companies that can help add value. Time Warner Cable, which does business in 29 states and serves more than 15 million customers nationwide, has national and local strategic procurement opportunities in the following categories:

Time Warner Cable’s National and Local (California) Procurement Opportunities

  • Collections
  • Consulting Services
  • Customer Care
  • Fleet Management
  • IT Services
  • Legal
  • Marketing
  • Premium Items
  • Printing Services
  • Purchasing
  • Recycling Services
  • Sales
  • Set Top Box Repair

Other National Procurement Opportunities

  • Accounting
  • Audit Services
  • Freight
  • Human Resources
  • Office Equipment
  • Payroll
  • Plant Materials
  • Public Relations
  • Remote Controls
  • Temporary Staffing
  • Training
  • Uniforms

Other Local Opportunities (California)

  • Construction Contractor
  • Facilities Management
  • Installation Contractor

Benbow and Watson emphasized that in addition to being a potential supplier that meets their definition of a diverse business, Time Warner is also expecting its future vendors to have and uphold high standards of integrity and quality, regardless of whether the vendor’s services and products are high or low in cost.

Next Steps to Securing the Deal

Watson and Benbow encourage prospective vendors to register and set up a vendor profile on TWC’s supplier diversity portal at www.twcablesupplierdiversity.com. They also suggest that you upload your most updated certifications and include references.

Additionally, schedule a 30-minute phone call with Watson at ozoria.watson@twcable.com, if you are interested in a national opportunity, and contact Benbow at richard.benbow@twcable.com, if you would like to pursue local opportunities in California.

More Upcoming Diverse Procurement Informational Sessions in the Pipeline

Time Warner Cable will continue its monthly webinar series when it hosts its second event on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. EST (11:30 a.m. PST). For more access information, visit http://mmtconline.org/august-how-to-become-a-time-warner-cable-vendorsupplier/.

MMTC is committed to promoting minority business opportunity directly, such as through our conferences, and by supporting the supplier diversity opportunities of others in the communications industries. Next month, MMTC is supporting the National Urban League’s Procurement and Matchmaking Forum that will be held in New York Sept. 12-13, 2013. This invite-only forum will focus on creating opportunities for MWBEs that are current operators in the wireless spectrum and infrastructure fields.

Let BBSJ know about your supplier diversity opportunities!

If you have a supplier diversity opportunity in the communications industries that you would like BBSJ to promote, please send it to m gadson [at] mmtconline [dot] org.

 

  • Tiffany K. Bain is a 2011 public relations graduate of Florida A&M University. She currently serves as the Minority Media & Telecommunications Council’s Research Associate. She got her start in the industry in 2007 as an Emma L. Bowen Foundation intern at the nation’s leading cable provider.
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