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2014 NBA ALL-STAR TO BRING VENDOR DIVERSITY PROGRAM TO THE BIG EASY

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Allison Baznik Hjortsberg

Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation
2014 New Orleans All-Star Host Committee
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2014 NBA ALL-STAR TO BRING VENDOR DIVERSITY PROGRAM TO THE BIG EASY

 

Program Gives Local Minority-Owned Businesses Opportunity to Provide Goods and Services for 2014 NBA All-Star Events

NEW ORLEANS – NBA All-Star is bringing more than just basketball to the Crescent City in February 2014. Through the longstanding NBA All-Star Vendor Diversity Program, the NBA and the New Orleans All-Star Host Committee will give local minority, women-owned and other diverse businesses the chance to provide goods and services for All-Star events.

“Bringing large-scale events to New Orleans is about more than entertainment—it’s about bettering our community and putting our best foot forward to the world,” said Jay Cicero, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation President and CEO and Executive Director of the 2014 New Orleans All-Star Host Committee. “The NBA All-Star Vendor Diversity Program does just that; the program provides the opportunity for local minority-owned businesses to get in the game and benefit directly from such a major event, creating a lasting impact for our community.”

Qualified applicants will be included in the program’s Vendor Guide, which will be posted on NBA.com. This guide will serve as the central resource for the NBA and its partners in procuring locally supplied goods and services.

To become an approved vendor, businesses must register and be certified by one of the following agencies: City of New Orleans-State & Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (SLDBE); Louisiana Minority Supplier Development Council (LAMSDC); or the Women’s Business Enterprise Council South (WBEC South).

The 2014 NBA All-Star Vendor Diversity Program registration website is currently open to applicants at http://www.nba.com/allstarvendordiversity.

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About Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation

Organized in August 1988, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation (GNOSF) is a non-profit 501(c) (4) organization whose mission is to attract and manage sporting events that have a positive economic impact on the Greater New Orleans area. Since 1988, the GNOSF has turned a $50 million investment, from public and private sources, into a $1.7 billion economic impact.

For more information on the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, visit http://www.gnosports.com.