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Hartford HealthCare's Supplier Diversity Summit Drives Business to Minority Owned Companies

  August 10, 2023 After attending Hartford HealthCare’s first Supplier Diversity Summit two years ago, Alisa Bowens-Mercado won a contract to supply breakrooms across the system with products from her fledgling coffee roasting business. This year, the president of Rhythm Roasting Company was thrilled to be a speaker at HHC’s third summit in Bridgeport, sharing her experience with representatives of more than 90 diverse companies seeking opportunities to provide services such as credit check security, painting and paper hanging, metalworking, commercial cleaning and more within our system. “Hartford HealthCare are the leaders in community inclusion, implementing strategic ways to identify minority- and women-owned businesses and connect them to buyers in the healthcare space,” Bowens-Mercado said. “The organization is committed to...

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Hartford Healthcare partners with local minority coffee supplier to fuel our days and our communities

Rhythm Roasting Co. (RRC) is now the official coffee company of Hartford HealthCare!   RRC is a minority, women-owned, coffee supplier and support organization for coffee growers all over the world seeking to expand their global reach.    RRC’s owner, Alisa Bowens-Mercado, of Hamden, was introduced to Hartford HealthCare at our first Supplier Diversity Summit in Hartford last July. The summit, and a second similar event in Bridgeport earlier this month, are part of HHC’s commitment to strengthening our communities and neighborhoods by partnering with minority-owned vendors and suppliers.  RRC ethically sources coffee from various producers and develops long-term, sustainable relationships enabling coffee producers who may lack funding and technology to sell high quality coffee at fair prices. You can order...

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Peapod Digital Labs P4 Incubator

We have been keeping this secret for weeks and we are thrilled to finally announce that Rhythm Roasting Company has been accepted into the Peapod Digital Labs’ Private Brand Powerhouse Program (P4) Incubator! The P4 Incubator is a two-and-a-half-month immersive program to help diverse-owned brands deepen their knowledge of the private brand structure and grow their knowledge of the brands of Ahold Delhaize USA @aholddelhaize

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