The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women, is seeking local diverse-owned businesses interested in procurement opportunities for the 2023 Cognizant Founders Cup that will be held in northern New Jersey next May.
The LPGA has partnered with Radius Sports Group, a sports and sustainability firm, to actively recruit minority, women, LGBTQIA+, disabled, veteran and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses to participate in tournament and headquarters sourcing opportunities.
Companies must register for the LPGA VendorMatch program by Aug. 29, 2022, to potentially interview with the LPGA and larger LPGA vendors. Prospective companies may apply to provide a variety of goods and services to the LPGA such as food products, catering, florals, signage, labor, professional services and more.
“The LPGA is committed to advancing supplier inclusion within our purchasing operations and Radius Sports Group has demonstrable success in this important business area,” LPGA CFO Kathy Milthorpe said.
“Our association was built on the foundation of diversity, equity and inclusion, and the establishment of the LPGA VendorMatch initiative will further our mission by expanding opportunities for diverse suppliers with the LPGA and within golf’s $84 billion industry.”
LPGA tournaments drive significant entertainment and tourism dollars within host cities and surrounding areas. The LPGA VendorMatch program will expand this community impact by utilizing local and diverse businesses.
The LPGA Cognizant Founders Cup, which offers a $3 million purse, is one of the largest LPGA events. Next year’s tournament will be held May 11-14, 2023, at the Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton.
In addition to seeking diverse-owned business suppliers and vendors for the 2023 Cognizant Founders Cup in New Jersey, the LPGA is also seeking diverse-owned companies interested in procurement opportunities for the 2024 Solheim Cup in Gainesville, Va., as well for the LPGA headquarters in Daytona, Fla.
Diverse suppliers are needed for 25 categories of goods and services:
- Catering & Concessions
- Cleaning Services
- Equipment Rentals for Catering
- Event Photography
- Fencing (chain-link)
- Fencing (picket)
- Floral and Landscape
- Food and Beverages
- Golf Carts
- IT/Cable TV
- Portable Restrooms
- Promotional Items (Gifting)
- Shipping and Logistics
- Social Media Management
- Staffing for Catering and Concessions
- Staffing for Parking/Valet