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In Michigan, roles were initially divided among the NEI, the Kauffman Foundation and the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council.The MMSDC identified the 150 target suppliers, and the UEP analyzed each company and provided feedback to companies that might not have had the resources to independently employ outside consultants.The program aimed to help 150 minority-owned automotive suppliers in the metro Detroit area diversify.Results from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation-backed initiative have been mixed, however.The program in Detroit is thus far the only one to help larger minority-run companies grow revenue. plant manager who oversaw more than 4,000 employees and a 0 million operating budget, consults out of UEP's Tech Town-based office with two other industry veterans.Coaches from Bloomfield Hills business advisory firm Fulcrum Edge Inc.
"It's been a challenge to convince companies to stay in it for the long haul."He said that there's also a bias against minority suppliers."Some minority suppliers were propped up by the automotive industry," he said."So that's what our job became: to cull out the best of the best," he said.The family-run company sells custom industrial chains and wire ropes to automotive OEMs, and is branching into the agricultural equipment."We realized that if we were going to survive this downturn and come out a better company, we'd have to become better business owners and better managers."The results An impact report released in May said that between 20, 111 companies entered the UEP Detroit 150 program.The report classified them in two categories: clients and participants. Clients received complete coaching from the UEP, whereas participants applied to the program but withdrew, failed to complete all the requirements or were not qualified to become clients, the report said.and the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association in Warren also helped guide company leadership.The NEI grant ends in October, so as year three winds to a close, the program's backers are looking to renew funding through 2015.