Oracle’s Supplier Diversity & Small Business Program

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Being the only Male Top Writer in Diversity on Medium?

(Update: since writing this one other male has joined the Top Writers in Diversity List)

A few weeks ago I was excited to receive an email stating that I was a Top Writer in Diversity on the online publication Medium (To view the Top Writers in Diversity CLICK HERE).  While I didn’t know what the achievement meant exactly, I was happy nonetheless.  I immediately sent an email to my loyal subscribers informing them of my award and watched as my new Medium Followers reigned in!

It was great!  I probably averaged about 5 new followers a day for a few weeks (the average is still continuing btw).  But then, on one random night, I happened to scrolled through the list of my fellow Diversity-ers, and noticing something glaring.  I, Jaymie White, was (there are two now) the only male in the Top Writers group.  While there are other publications in the list, the only single male writer currently is yours truly.

Well, my mom always said I was special (Thanks mom)!

But moving from that, I began to think…..why am I the only male in the Top category for diversity?  I can’t be the only male writing about this stuff right?  What is the big issue with men and diversity and how can I help encourage more male voices to join the field?

In an effort to respond to this odd phenomenon, I’ve decided to write an article about the field of diversity, highlight some arguments against it, and see if maybe (just maybe) I can recruit fellow fellas and help them understand the benefits of diversity in the short and long term.

So let’s start with a very brief description of myself….

I am a small business owner interested in anything dealing with politics, business, technology, education, science, city development, manufacturing, and a ton more.  I really like to learn and I also like thinking about innovative ways to move our society forward.  I am somewhat socially liberal but I mainly stick to conservative fiscal principles (and no that doesn’t mean I want to destroy the Environment or help build a Death Star).  I’m always up for a productive conversation, but I’m not interested in getting into a nasty argument.

In terms of my views on diversity, I like to look at the positives and negatives of each argument.  For this article, I’d like to begin with a bit ironic history on the concept of corporate rights…

It’s ironic that the argument used in the past to deny certain groups of business opportunities (i.e. “You shouldn’t tell businesses how to run their company”), is now contradicted when a corporation decides to create a program focused on diversity and inclusion.  “But everything is running smoothly” some protest!  Well, according to recently elected President Donald Trump, America isn’t winning anymore.  If that’s the case, diversity is needed now more than ever right?  Consider the recent influx of studies reporting the many benefits of a diverse workforce.  With evidence backing diversity, businesses are obligated to implement strategies to increase efficiency and maximize profits.  If studies showed that eating French Fries had no negative health effect and increased cooperation by 200%, you bet your ass every company in America would serve Fries in their local cafeteria.

Another argument I hear a lot throughout the stratosphere of corporate America is the concept of fairness.  It’s not fair to hire someone based on race.  Organizations should offer opportunities to all and choose the best candidates for the job.  To that I say “Ni”!  Let me explain something about getting a job.


Applicants are selected based on a few conversations that may last a couple hours.  How can you truly determine a candidates worth, potential, and quality from such a small interaction?  Resumes help of course, but they can’t tell you if a person is “right” for a certain position.  Organizations don’t look for the best or most qualified candidate, they look for the right fit.  That creates its own problem as someone may be a fit today, but changes may occur in the organization and that “good fit” may not be so good 6 months from said hiring date.  In the end, defending an in-exact science based on the concept of fairness is just idiotic.  It’s like trying to convince everyone that the color Blue is the best color in the world (which it is).

Same goes for hiring a supplier for a business operation.  The global economy hinges on the need for innovation.  A supplier-corporate relationship may date back to 1967, but if an organization is looking to truly maximize profits, they should have the option of hiring new and innovative organizations if they choose to.

As a small business owner, you don’t ask for handouts, but you do understand the need for help if you aim to compete with organizations (or groups of people) that unknowingly benefit from their upbringing.  Diversity is similar in that regard, helping groups with less resources compete.

The American economy is similar to a corporation in that there are multiple revenue generating segments.  In every country, some segments ultimately lag behind.  When this happens, that country has three choices.

  1. Continue its current trajectory and allow the falling segments to continue their downward spiral
  2. Cut off the failing segments and look to grow the profitable segments
  3. Reinvest in the lagging areas and create programs to increase opportunities

In America the largest growing segments are also the greatest areas of weakness (i.e. Latinos, Women, LGBT, etc.).  Reinvesting in these areas are crucial for the nation’s long term benefit.  Being from Detroit, I’ve seen first hand what happens when a city refuses to prepare for the inevitable, and it’s not pretty.  Diversity is about the future of America.  And if our country refuses to acknowledge the future trajectory of this nation, then the failure of my hometown will be a drop in the ocean of misery that is America’s future.

I could go on and on about the benefits of the field but I will leave it at that for now.  Let me know your thoughts on diversity and what you like, or don’t like about it.

Veterans Florida plans to increase the growth of Veteran owned businesses

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has reported that the amount of new Veteran businesses has decreased over the past few years. According to the report, the Veteran share of new businesses was, “more than a third of all new businesses in 2007, but only a fifth of news businesses in 2013.”

Veterans Florida hopes to fix the problem, offering mentorships and seven bi-weekly meetings educating veterans about entrepreneurship and business opportunities. The Florida based group was founded this year after obtaining $1 million from the state of Florida.

Veterans possess skills and experiences that the average American citizen doesn’t. Furthermore, one big advantage Veterans have is government clearance, which can come in handy for government contracting jobs. Therefore, Veterans Florida is extremely beneficial for most Veterans because it provides valuable information about business strategies and the leverage Veterans hold.

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HB2 (aka the Bathroom bill) will cost the state of NC $3.76 billion

North Carolina continues to receive poor news in relation to their HB2 law, otherwise known as the Bathroom Bill.   After losing multiple revenue streaming possibilities including the NBA All Star game, a new PayPal facility, NCAA tournament games, and more, the Associated Press has estimated that the law will cost the state more than $3.76 billion.

The House Bill 2 (HB2) law blocks local governments from passing anti-discrimination rules to grant protections to people in the LGBT community. Despite its negative perception, some people still defend the bill as a protection of religious freedoms.  Supporters of the HB2 have stated that they are willing to absorb the cost if the law prevents a predator posing as a transgender person from entering bathrooms and molesting young children, and women. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest went as far as saying that the media is making up false stories about the impact of the law.

The Lt Gov. statement is in contrast to a recent CNBC report highlighting canceled projects in the state after HB2 was passed. “Those include PayPal canceling a 400-job project in Charlotte, CoStar backing out of negotiations to bring 700-plus jobs to the same area, and Deutsche Bank scuttling a plan for 250 jobs in the Raleigh area. Other companies that backed out include Adidas, which is building its first U.S. sports shoe factory employing 160 near Atlanta rather than a High Point site, and Voxpro, which opted to hire hundreds of customer support workers in Athens, Georgia, rather than the Raleigh area.”

Brain Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America which is located in North Carolina, said he fears that more companies may also pack their bags and move out of the state due to the bill. “Companies are moving to other places because they don’t face an issue that they face here,”.

This issue has hurt local business and the economy, no matter what any supporter of HB2 says. Ted Koppell said it best;  we now live in a time where ideolgy is more important than facts, and that is a scary thought.

eBay releases its diversity numbers

by Ray Hayes

Ebay has joined the tech industry trend of releasing their workplace diversity numbers to the public. Last month, Uber was pressured by coalition groups and civil rights leaders to release their diversity numbers for public consumption.  It took so time but after controversy hit the tech giant over sexual harassment allegations, Uber relented.  Although, eBay doesn’t have as much pressure to grow its diversity numbers as Uber, the company still issued its 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Report last Friday.

After looking at the report it is obvious that eBay has some work to do in improving its workforce diversity. The company has laid out a three-pronged strategy which according to focuses on, “workforce – who and how they hire; workplace – what it’s like to work at the company; and marketplace – making sure diverse sellers, products and perspectives are succeeding on the platform.”  In addition, eBay will partner with Code2040 to revamp their intern program and Unitive to help eliminate bias in hiring and recruiting. Damien Hooper-Campbell, eBay’s first Chief Diversity Officer, is committed to overcoming the challenge of revamping the company’s hiring process and establishing a diverse workforce. He spoke about his commitment to establishing a diverse workforce at eBay, check his interview with Fortune below:

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Why aren’t small businesses growing?

by Ray Hayes

If I told you small business growth had stalled would you believe me?

If not, I have a bit of information that may change your mind.  On average 600,000 small businesses are created each year and only a fraction of those business survive for 360 days. Since 2014, the United States has been hovering around 400,000 new small businesses a year. During the late 2000’s, the Great Recession was to blame for the lack of small business development, but with recent adjustments, small firms should be growing at pre-recession levels right?

According to Jason DeMers of Time Magazine, the answer for the lack of small business growth is complicated:

  1. Exaggerated fears – At least 60 percent of small businesses close within three years making it difficult to garner funding from financial institutions.  Banks perceive more risk in lending to newer businesses which result in limited capital for smaller organizations.  Due to this fact, “they [new entrepreneurs] never get funding, [thus] they never have the chance to gain entrepreneurial experience.”
  2. Walmartization – Walmart has everything you need, from the basic plumbing equipment to groceries.  American’s are consequently moving away from small business chains to the lower cost conglomerates.  As a result, the more money big businesses make, the more they give back to local communities overtaking local businesses.
  3. Lumping funding – Investors look for businesses with high potential and solid financial numbers. If a startups and small businesses does not meet these requirements, they are deemed to risky despite their possible unique business model.  “This means fewer total businesses get the funding they need to grow, with a minority of exceptional businesses getting a ton of capital they probably didn’t badly need in the first place.”
  4. Millennial barriers – There are a ton of Millennial entrepreneurs and reports indicate that they are creating a ton of new businesses throughout the world. So what’s the problem? Well, a small percentage of Millennials are starting businesses in the United States. According to John Lettieri, co-founder of the Economic Innovation Group, during his testimony to the US Senate back in July of 2016, “Millennials are on track to be the least entrepreneurial generation in recent history.” One of the main reason behind the lack of businesses in the US is student loan debt therefore Millennials are hesitant and unwilling to risk their luck on creating a startup. “A lack of encouragement for millennials to take the plunge compounds this effect.”

In conclusion, we shall overcome. Unfortunately, there isn’t a quick fix to the problem however if we begin at the early stages of childhood and educate the youth about healthy business practice and the importance of owning your own business things may change. As soon as we come of the storm, “the stronger our economy is going to grow.”