Nicor Gas Hosts Inaugural Diverse Business Matchmaking Event
NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Oct. 14, 2015 – More than 100 attendees, including local business leaders, legislators, current and potential contractors, vendors and professional service companies recently gathered in Naperville for a diverse business matchmaking event. Held at Nicor Gas, the first of its kind event is part of an ongoing effort to develop relationships and increase contract opportunities for minority, women and veteran-owned business partners who provide quality, value and cost-effective services.
“Our efforts to engage, educate and create access for diverse businesses has led to hundreds of introductions and dozens of new business partnerships in our engineering and construction departments,” said Melvin D. Williams, president of Nicor Gas.
Nicor Gas’ prime partners discussed subcontracting opportunities and provided resources to help guide applicants through the supply chain process. Attendees also heard from several of Nicor Gas’ prime diverse business partners that have pioneered the pathways to productive business relationships in the energy marketplace.
Since its inception in 2014, Nicor Gas’ prime partners have doubled the number of second-tier diverse business partnerships leveraged to support the company. Additionally, spending with these diverse business partners has increased more than 137 percent to more than $19 million year-to-date.
Nicor Gas has participated in more than a dozen outreach events with advocate partner organizations this year. These outreach efforts continue to play an important part in the ability to engage diverse businesses that align with the needs of Nicor Gas, the largest natural gas distributor in northern Illinois.
To learn more about the Supplier Diversity program at Nicor Gas visit https://nicorgas.com/community/supplier-diversity.
About Nicor Gas
Nicor Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS), is a natural gas distribution company that serves more than 2 million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city of Chicago. For more information, visit www.nicorgas.com.
About AGL Resources
AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) is an Atlanta-based energy services holding company with operations in natural gas distribution, retail operations, wholesale services and midstream operations. AGL Resources serves approximately 4.5 million utility customers through its regulated distribution subsidiaries in seven states. The company also serves over one million retail customers through its SouthStar Energy Services joint venture and Pivotal Home Solutions, which market natural gas and related home services. Other non-utility businesses include asset management for natural gas wholesale customers through Sequent Energy Management and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. AGL Resources is a Fortune 500 company and a member of the S&P 500 Index. For more information, visit www.aglresources.com.