By and For Minority Business Enterprises

Greater New England Minority Business EnterpriseAbout GNEMBEIC

The MBEIC Function, Purpose, and Mission

The MBEIC is a Standing Committee of the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (GNEMSDC) Board of Directors. The GNEMSDC is a Greater New England not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Hamden, Connecticut.


The function of the MBEIC is to provide input to the GNEMSDC Board of Directors. The purpose and mission of the MBEIC is to provide advice and guidance to the programs operating under the auspices of the GNEMSDC. In addition, the MBEIC conducts other activities to enhance minority economic development and the overall success of MBEs, provided such activities do not impair the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status of the GNEMSDC.

In short, the MBEIC is the "voice" of the MBE. Through the efforts of this committee, we are building an understanding and bridge between Corporate Members and MBEs.


About Our Chairwoman

Lori is the founder and CEO of commVerge Marketing and the digital marketing brand Appara.


The company’s clients view commVerge Marketing as a thought-leader in digital promotional campaigns and online programs that get results. Leading the development of new strategies Lori has successfully introduced and positioned several services and products to expand market reach. Large organizations serving both businesses and consumers have worked with her and the commVerge Marketing project teams to improve visibility and  response to their programs, products and new initiatives.


Serving on the board of directors of the GNEMSDC, Lori has served as a supplier diversity advisor for Northeast Utilities and works along with MBEs on their marketing strategies.


Lori holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. She studied with University of California Berkeley, completing their Senior Course in Marketing Management Program. Lori also completed AMA’s Planning and Developing New Products and Markets Program and completed a course in Leading People and Organizations in the 21st Century.  Most recently, she completed one of Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth’s Executive Education programs. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.