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‘Twas the Year TU met the MBE Goal: A Holiday Ode from Procurement

by Barb Hufnagel

by Barb Hufnagel

‘Twas the month before year’s end and doing
reports, the MBE Liaison entered lists of all sorts.
With ratios that hung near the goal by a thread,
while we hoped that a 25% result lay ahead.

Every buyer was hard at work on a bid,
each of them wondering how well TU did.
The Director at her desk, and support staff close by
had just settled in when they heard Barbara cry —
 
Then out in her cube there arose such a clatter,
that Lucy sprang up to see what was the matter.
Down the long hallway she flew like a flash,
and when she arrived, she was glad that she’d dashed!
 
The report was complete, and soon TU would know
that we DID meet the goal, and did not fall below.
After 10 years of striving, the challenge was met–
we achieved what we’d scarcely dared even to bet!
 
The Towson team had done exceedingly well
in buying from MBEs things that they sell.
25.52% is where things are at,
because each of you has stepped up to bat.
 
On Facilities! On Auxiliary Services — and more!
Don’t forget SBRs that have knocked on your door.
That ratio came in slightly lower, you see,
and they’re just as important as those MBEs.
 
If you need our support, know Procurement is there,
just loaded with vendors and products to share.
And as for those goals, let’s never lose sight
of the teamwork it took to get everything right.
 
So we thank everyone for good effort and thought
to help TU reach for the goal so hard-fought.
Keep striving and searching and doing what’s right.
happy holidays to all – and to all a good night!
 
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