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Citizens Honors Veterans, Achieves Contractual Goal


INDIANAPOLIS— As the nation pauses today to honor its veterans, Citizens Energy Group announces it fulfilled its commitment to contract three percent of its business to Veteran Business Enterprises. When Citizens acquired the community’s water and wastewater systems in August 2011, it adopted the city's supplier diversity goals  of devoting 15% of its business to Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), 8% to Women Business Enterprises (WBE) and 3% to Veteran Business Enterprises (VBE). The three percent awarded to VBEs equates to nearly $11 million.

"For their selfless service to our country, Citizens takes pride in partnering with local VBEs," said Carey Lykins, President and CEO of Citizens."We are dedicated to hiring quality contractors, and knowing those contractors have also given back to our community in such an honorable way is an added benefit."

VBEs provide construction, environmental, engineering, information technology, and management consulting services to Citizens. Professional outreach events put on by the city, state and Citizens help recruit M/W/VBEs. Those outreach events are often held in conjunction with the Minority Supplier Development Business Opportunity Fair, Indiana Black Expo, Indiana Latino Expo, and the Historically Underutilized Small Business Coordinators event.

"Throughout the course of Citizens' Supplier Diversity Program, it's come to our attention that many Minority, Women and Veteran Business Enterprises are not aware of business opportunities with our company," said Richard Wise, Citizens Supplier Diversity Administrator. "We view it as our job to expose these firms to our opportunities and then it's their job to submit quality, competitive proposals. In our experience, when these two objectives align, both Citizens and the local business community win."

Before submitting a proposal for a business opportunity at Citizens, all companies, including, M/W/VBEs must register as a prospective supplier on our website.

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