St. Charles Convention Center Launches Supplier Diversity Program

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The St. Charles Convention Center, a premier full service event space in the St. Louis area, announced it has teamed with Oak View Group (OVG), the global leader in live experience venue development, management, premium hospitality services, and 360-degree solutions, to join its Supplier Diversity Program. Deepening its commitment to economic diversity, the initiative is part of OVG’s ongoing goal to be a catalyst for lasting change and inclusion throughout its organization, partners, and the communities it serves while encouraging business growth for historically underrepresented groups.

In addition to the St. Charles Convention Center, other venues participating in the program include: Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, the world’s first carbon zero certified arena and home to the NHL’s Seattle Kraken; CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore, ranked the 10th busiest arena in the world; Moody Center in Austin, TX, Pollstar Arena of the Year in 2024; Enmarket Arena in Savannah, GA, rated a Top 5 multi-purpose venue in the US; Chicago’s McCormick Place, the nation’s largest convention center and the recently reimagined, state-of-the-art Miami Beach Convention Center.

St. Charles Convention Center General Manager Mark Tenholder said “We are excited to announce, in partnership with OVG, our participation in a diversified supplier program. This program reflects our dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion within our business practices. By engaging with a broad spectrum of suppliers, we are committing to supporting diverse businesses and enhancing the quality and creativity of our services.”

“OVG believes in the power of a diverse community and recognizes the opportunity to be intentional in the ways we support and uplift the communities we serve,” said Tim Leiweke, Chairman and CEO, Oak View Group. “Our supplier diversity program won’t just benefit underrepresented businesses, it will uplift the communities where these businesses are located through job creation, increased wages, and tax revenue.”

Providing maximum opportunity for local, small, and diverse businesses to become OVG vendors, OVG will identify and increase sourcing from suppliers that are at least 51% minority-owned, including from businesses owned by BIPOC, women, veterans, LGBTQ+, disabled persons, and other local city certifications. When vetting potential suppliers, OVG will consider multiple factors which may change from market to market. These include capacity, based on the size of the potential partner’s company and where within OVG’s operations they would most likely succeed, and key differentiators such as what sets partners apart from competitors, cost savings, reduction in delivery or setup times, value-added services, product/services quality, and sustainability.

“Our goal is to provide exceptional guest experiences at our venues, and to do that authentically and responsibly, we need to think beyond customer service and deepen our commitment to the communities we serve,” said Dr. Debonair Oates-Primus, OVG’s Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion. “This isn’t just a business strategy, it’s our commitment to making a long-lasting economic impact in the communities in which we operate. Minority-owned businesses encounter unique barriers that challenge their growth efforts such as access to capital and networking opportunities. This program aims to alleviate some of those pain points.”

Potential supplier partners interested in applying are encouraged to click here to review the required diversity certifications.

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About Oak View Group
Oak View Group (OVG) is the global leader in live experience venue development, management, premium hospitality services, and 360-degree solutions for a collection of world-class owned venues and a client roster of arenas, convention centers, music festivals, performing arts centers, and cultural institutions. Founded by Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff in 2015, OVG is the leading developer of major new venues either open or under development across four continents. Visit OakViewGroup.com, and follow OVG on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and X.

About St. Charles Convention Center
The St. Charles Convention Center is an upscale, award-winning, full-service, events facility just minutes from Historic St. Charles, Missouri. Opened in 2005, the facility boasts an elegant 16,200 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom, and 27,600 sq. ft. of Exhibit Hall space expandable to 35,700 sq. ft. through the adjacent Junior Ballroom in addition to other meeting spaces. At the St. Charles Convention Center, your experience is our promise.

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