Centers of Excellence

The Centers of Excellence Program

The Centers of Excellence program champions the development and growth of diverse businesses to compete for contracts and prepare to meet the rigorous vendor requirements by council member corporations.


  • Helping minority businesses better compete in a global environment
  • Aligning more closely the sales methods of MBEs with the procurement processes of corporate members
  • Developing a portfolio of capacity building models/templates for use
  • Strengthening corporate supplier diversity processes
  • Enhancing corporation minority supplier development process by using NMSDC Best Practices
  • Providing opportunities for corporations to benchmark successful minority supplier development strategies among corporate peers
  • Providing increased business opportunities for both corporate members and MBEs through learning from each other’s competitive strengths
  • Having a greater impact on improving the economic environment of the community by reinforcing the concept of buying among and between corporations and MBE companies, improving competitive market position by helping corporations satisfy the expectation of an increasingly diverse customer base



Meetings for this program take place virtually and use video conferencing to connect with Aramark ERGs, SMEs, and University Professors throughout the 3-month program. Upon Cohort completion, the Cohort will participate in a graduation ceremony and receive a certificate of completion.

The cohort consists of Aramark Employee Resource Group (ERG) representatives serving as Executive Coaches and SMEs, along with Class III, IV, and Corporate Plus members who are MBEs serving as Mentors, and MBEs in the food & beverage, hospitality, and facilities industries who serve as the Mentees.

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