• 167 Cherry St #406
  • Milford, CT
  • 06460
  • (203) 306-7882

Success Stories

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The DSDA Experience: “My business remains open today because of the investment made by the Supplier Diversity Academy team and I shall forever be grateful for their injection of oxygen.” – Nicholson Law Firm, LLC Read more

Rapid Growth: “No matter how long you’ve been in business, I would encourage you to attend the DSDA program. Even if you’ve been in business for a long time and you are doing things right, the DSDA can help you improve. Unlike some other places, that have a program for the sake of having a program, the DSDA’s relevant and useful information can be applied every single day in your business.” - Freeman Companies Read more

Mentoring: “The input and guidance received from commVerge Marketing’s mentor has been invaluable.” – commVerge Marketing Read more

Education: “The workshops presented each week were informative and hands-on. We were able to take away valuable and tangible information we could use going forward. – Environmental Integrity Company, LLC Read more

Hands-on Support: “I now have a modeling tool to estimate my costs of doing business which helps me determine if my pricing is adequate.” – Winston Strategic Partners, LLC Read more

Who are we?


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The DSDA works side-by-side with women, veteran, and minority business owners to build the right business support team for winning outcomes. Our strategic business mentors will help you execute a plan to build your client base, expand products or services, advance business goals and make informed changes for improved profitability and efficiency. Participants in our program will:

  • Brainstorm solutions, new ideas and plans with an affordable marketing team of graduate student consultants
  • Develop on-point value propositions for customers
  • Enhance public speaking and marketing strategies
  • Create a realistic business plan for the future


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The DSDA Difference

Unlike other organizations who provide limited support, all of the new ideas, expert help, and networking opportunities remain available to participating minority and women owned business indefinitely from the date that the business has successfully completed the academy or as long as the resource is available or the business no longer requires the service.

DSDA is a non-profit organization that is funded by sponsoring corporations headquartered in the New England region. If you are interested in becoming a DSDA sponsor, please contact lmjohnson@dsdact.org.

Organization Information

  • Contact Information: Lori Johnson
  • Headquarters: 167 Cherry St., Suite 406, Milford, CT 06460
  • Services: Diverse Supplier Development

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167 Cherry St #406
Milford CT 06460
(203) 306-7882