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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Allstate Supplier Diversity Exchange Invites Diverse Businesses to Connect

2015 Program Expands to 75 Companies
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Allstate Insurance Company recently opened its online application for diverse businesses to register for the company’s 2015 Supplier Diversity Exchange. The Exchange, now in its 8th year, brings diverse businesses together to build relationships with Allstate and its suppliers. The application is available through this link.

“We foster an environment where diverse small business owners can build relationships with Allstate and we’re excited to invite more potential suppliers to this year’s event than ever before,” said Cheryl Harris, Allstate’s senior vice president of Sourcing & Procurement Solutions. “We have a commitment to building diversity within our business as well as with our suppliers to help support the needs of our customers.”

The Exchange is designed to provide diverse businesses the opportunity to network with Allstate business leaders as well as with some Allstate suppliers.

Applications are being accepted through July 24, 2015. Applicants will be notified of their status via email no later than August 7, 2015.

The 2015 Exchange will be held on October 2 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Allstate’s Northbrook, Illinois headquarters. The number of participants is being expanded this year to a maximum of 75 companies; a significant increase from the 14 diverse supplier businesses selected to participate in 2014.

Initial plans for the event include a keynote speaker and a variety of educational sessions to focus on the specific needs of diverse business leaders. More detail on specific programming will be made available closer to the event. Each company will also have an opportunity to pitch its business to Allstate.

Diverse businesses that apply to attend the Exchange will be asked to include an informal, 60 second video that demonstrates why their company should be selected to attend the Exchange. In addition, submissions are required to include proof of diversity certification. Diverse certified companies are defined as minority, woman, veteran, and lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT)-owned business.

Since 2008, the program has been aligned with the Rainbow Push Coalition and provides businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans and members of the LGBT community a forum for guidance, networking and personal one-on-one time with key influencers involved in purchasing products and services. While attendance at this event does not guarantee business, more than 120 attending suppliers have had the opportunity to compete for contracts.

More information on the Allstate Supplier Diversity Exchange is available on the Allstate supplier diversity website.

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to support local communities.

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Chris Bauer
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