Well, last night’s big meeting between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Pittsburgh/Pennsylvania government officials ended without a deal on a new arena. The agreed-upon next step was for the parties to meet again Wednesday.

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So all that Mario Lemieux and Ron Buerkle’s incendiary letter seemed to do was to get government officials back to the negotiation table. Personally, I think that could have been done less adversarily (and without damaging the loyalty of even die-hard Penguins fans like me).

So I’m done blogging about these negotiations (and greedy Mr. Lemieux) for a while.

Back to purchasing…

Response to Tuesday’s article, “7 Supplier Diversity Challenges, Part I,” was interesting. Some people are really passionate about supplier diversity. Some people just plain don’t care. And others emailed me asking what the heck supplier diversity is anyway.

Supplier diversity is more clearly defined in this earlier article:


Supplier diversity isn’t practiced in all countries. It is practiced mainly in countries like the USA, where certain ethnic groups were discriminated against in the past.

Based on the mixed reaction, I’ve decided to postpone Part II of this series from its originally scheduled date of April 3. I’m thinking more like May 15. I don’t mind writing articles about a diverse array of topics, but I’d rather not space ones on a topic of mixed interest together too closely.

To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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