Through these awards, FSMSDC recognizes the achievements of Florida’s top minority-owned businesses, as well as dynamic industry leaders and major corporations committed to supplier diversity.
Kirk Gimenez is a two-time Emmy Award winner, founder of Xizzle TV and the first Latino to be hired to anchor in English in the history of ESPN. With nearly 30 years of experience as a journalist, he’s also anchored at SNY in New York and produced at our local stations WPLG, WSFL & WTVJ. In 2021 he became the founder and host of Xizzle TV, a smart TV streaming app, dedicated to making content for Latinos in English.
Founder and CEOTB Media Group
An award-winning TV journalist, creative director, and podcast host, Tamika Bickham brings an unparalleled wealth of experience to the stage. Her commitment to excellence has garnered her multiple accolades, including an ABBY for Best Feature in Journalism, and Hermes Awards for her work as a podcast host and creative director. She is also the Founder and CEO of TB Media Group, a nonfiction video production studio specializing in producing long-form, documentary-style video content for CSR Leaders.
This award is presented to a local and national corporation. The corporation of the Year demonstrates commitment to minority purchasing, technical & managerial assistance and support of minority programs.
This is the highest award presented to a certified FSMSDC Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). The winners of the Supplier of the Year Awards consistently
provide quality products and services and strives to give back to minority businesses and the community.
The MBE to MBE Spend Award honors Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) who are doing business with other MBEs.
The Buyer of the Year is presented to a corporate purchasing agent or buyer who actively solicits qualified MBEs and makes substantial purchases from those suppliers.
This Advocate of the Year award is presented to an individual who has contributed to minority business development and seeks to promote the Council’s mission of fostering minority business development.
The Doing Well While Doing Good® (DWWDG) Humanitarian Award recognizes companies for their civic, philanthropic and volunteer initiatives.
The President's Rising Star Award is presented to an individual or company that is committed to supplier diversity or has excelled in business growth. The President & CEO of the FSMSDC selects the recipient of this award.
This award is presented to a business leader that is committed to minority business development and the community.
The Business Impact Awards (BIA) is the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council’s (FSMSDC) signature fundraising event. Through these awards, FSMSDC recognizes the achievements of Florida’s top minority-owned businesses, as well as dynamic industry leaders and major corporations committed to supplier diversity. This evening of honors and elegance brings together Florida’s business community while raising funds to tackle the systemic inequities Florida’s minority entrepreneurs face in access to funding, social capital, entrepreneurial development and contracting opportunities and gives minority-owned businesses the connections, training, certifications and tools they need to thrive and grow. Most of the services we provide are free or subsidized – paid for by donations and grants.
By supporting the Business Impact Awards, you help FSMSDC accomplish its goal of serving more than 5,000 businesses each year – many of them small businesses that could not afford to pay for our free and subsidized services. Because of FSMSDC’s work, more minority entrepreneurs are able to support their families, lift their economic status and achieve financial independence. Their success has a multiplier effect in their communities, helping to further economic equality.
Your support is incredibly effective.
We invite you to become a 2023 Business Impact Sponsor for this fun-filled and unforgettable night. This is the perfect opportunity for you to place your brand in front of business and community leaders and show your support for minority-owned businesses.
The Business Impact Awards salute the outstanding work and commitment of leaders and achievers in our community. As a sponsor, you will join an esteemed circle of partners who have offered their time, talent and treasure to the success of our signature event and of minority-owned companies. Further, you will partner with an agency that has close to 50 years of experience providing minority-owned businesses with high-quality technical assistance, procurement opportunities, access to financing and other services that develop their capacity and advance their revenue.
Guests at the event will celebrate the achievements of businesses and individuals who are shaping Florida’s future and furthering business opportunities for all. They’ll enjoy entertainment and, of course, a few surprises. Awards presented during the evening will include Local & National Corporations of the Year, MBE Suppliers of the Year, Advocate of the Year, Buyer of the Year, President’s Rising Star Award, Larry Thelmas MBE-to-MBE Spend Award, Crystal Award and the Doing Well While Doing Good® Humanitarian Award.
Event FeaturesAwards Program | Entertainment The Business Impact Awards is an exciting opportunity for business, community, and civic leaders to come together, celebrate accomplishments, network and have fun!
We recognize that this year’s event will not be our typical event, but in changing this year’s platform we are able to protect the health of our staff, guests and sponsors and direct more funds raised to offer services – to those who need our aid now more than ever.
This virtual experience recognizes the achievements of Florida’s top minority-owned businesses, dynamic industry leaders and major corporations that are committed to Supplier Diversity. This upscale evening of Honor and Elegance brings together Florida’s business community. Guests will have the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of minority-owned businesses and professionals that are shaping the future of the State of Florida. The experience includes entertainment, sharing the council’s mission and of course a few surprises. Awards presented during the evening include Local & National Corporations of the Year, MBE Suppliers of the Year, Advocate of the Year, Buyer of the Year, President’s Rising Star Award, MBE to MBE Spend Award, Crystal Award and the Doing Well While Doing Good® Humanitarian Award.
Corporations cannot nominate themselves; Only Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) can make these nominations. All nominees must be an active Corporate Member.
MBEs cannot nominate themselves or other MBEs; Only Corporate Members can make these nominations. All nominees must be a Certified MBE with the FSMSDC or any other NMSDC Affiliate Council.
Starting at 6:30 PM
Recognition and Acknowledgements
Dancing to the sounds of DJ Mack
Purchase an ad in the Business Impact Awards Digital Program Book.
Take a look at our previous Annual Awards Gala photos! These photos capture the essence of previous Award Galas, our sponsors, winners and distinguished guests.
A Celebration of Nations
Journey to Africa
A Celebration of Carnival
Bollywood: A Festival of Colors
Year of the Horse
Passport to Paradise
Monte Carlo Night
Excellence in Diversity
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