what we do

Our role is to utilize our Knowledge Capital and Network Resources for you our client:
We identify and maximize our vast resources and industry wide connections, for your company’s direction.

purpose

To provide business owners with big business insights, industry relevant connections and solutions that enable companies to excel.

beliefs

That customized, focused, and easy-to-adapt industry relevant strategies enhance and best showcase a company’s capabilities.

values

Fostering Relationships with Commitment, Excellence and Integrity.

about kathryn

A retired Target Corporation executive with more than thirty years of experience, Kathryn contributed in both the retail and non-retail areas of the company. Her positions have included various roles within Merchandising and Target Properties; Store Planning, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement teams.

These past experiences enabled Kathryn to excel, as a Senior Business Development Leader, in Strategic Sourcing-Supplier Diversity. Here she found her passion in identifying and developing business partners, as well as counseled numerous entrepreneurs'. Kathryn provided keen insight on the company culture, vendor expectations, business objectives by category, and alerts to businesses on procurement opportunities.

Some of Kathryn’s major accomplishments included: identifying a process to deliver non-retail freight via the retail distribution network, leading the implementation of scan-based trading, driving golden sales performance, as well as identifying and launching multiple opportunities, for potential suppliers across the enterprise.

Kathryn attended Northwestern College majoring in business management. She sits on local and national committees, for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), served on the Food Marketing Institute’s (FMI) Supplier Diversity Committee, and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Corporate Advisory and Procurement Council's. She was a member of Target Women’s Business Council, and an advisor on the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender Business Council.

awards & recognition
  • 2015 Applause Award - Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  • 2014 Who’s Who in Retail Supplier Diversity - WE USA
  • 2013 Giving Back Award - Women’s Business Development Center Minnesota
  • 2010 Minnesota Women in Business Champion - SBA and SCORE
  • 2008 Who’s Who in Corporate Supplier Diversity - WE USA
  • 2008 MBE Magazine - First Ladies of Supplier Diversity
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testimonials

  • "Miss Jessie's could not have been a success at Target without Kathy Mazon's assistance. Going from a small company and navigating the waters of big retail is a huge undertaking that is fraught with a lot of risk. We found Kathy's assistance to be essential in bridging the gap and "teaching" us how to do business successfully in Target. I can't recommend her enough."Titi Branch - Co-CEO - Miss Jessie'sMiss Jessies' Original

  • "Kathy Mazon is passionate about facilitating connections between businesses. Whether it is guiding small businesses through processes with large corporations, or connecting small businesses with each other, her knowledge and expertise is a tremendous resource. We have gained new customers through Kathy’s connections and recommendations. If you need to find solutions, Kathy is definitely the “go to” person and I would highly recommend her."Kathy Enerson - CEO/Owner - Twin River LLCTwin River

  • "Kathy’s years of experience in retail have given her exceptional superpowers; not only can she envision a product’s best path to success, but she can also facilitate the strategic connections necessary to get it there. In only minutes, Kathy was able to assess my product. I took her advice to heart, streamlining production, lowering manufacturing costs and raising quality. When I was ready, she helped connect me to a fantastic distributor. Sharp, passionate, approachable and caring, Kathy is a rare find in the business world. I bless the day I was introduced to her and can’t wait to work with her again."Noël Goldman - Owner - Noël & CoNoel & Co. | Product Development & Licensing | From Brain to Bank

  • "Kathy truly understands the power of partnership and relationship cultivation. Kathy provides great insights in getting a new business up and running in today's retail environment. Her advice, expertise and collaboration are essential to success."Marilynn Martin - The Emerson GroupThe Emerson Group | A Consumer Products Equity Organization

  • "JAB would not have been as successful without Kathy’s assistance. She was instrumental in relevant design ideas, colors and patterns, as we started with manufacturing. Small companies navigating the waters of big retailers like Target, Walmart and Macy's is a huge task with lots of risk. We found Kathy's guidance to be essential in "teaching" us how to do business successfully. Bouncing an idea off her and getting needed constructive feedback is awesome. I recommend her to anyone that is looking to bridge the gap between big box retailers, and small business. She has been in the retail industry a long time and understands the culture, contacts and product positioning needed."Dave Badhwa - CEO - JAB Companies, Inc.JAB Companies | Your Ideas Made Real

  • "Kathy, has been instrumental in finding vendors to fill gaps in my assortments throughout my many years and buying positions at Target. I can think of at least 5 vendors she identified for me that have collectively sold over $100m+.

    She takes the time to understand the strategy, and then sources suppliers with the potential to deliver great results. She is diligent about vetting true capabilities, so I never need to second guess. She spends the time needed coaching, refining presentations, addressing supply chain issues, and keeping all partners informed. If a vendor isn’t ready she will either work to build them up, or respectfully pass; she won't waste a buyers time.

    When I do meet with a supplier that can deliver on my objectives, we can hit the ground running! She is a true partner with an elevated sense of urgency, passion, and always over-delivers. Kathy can finesse a small opportunity into a huge success, and that helps us win with our guests."Linda Sullivan - Buyer, D52 National Brand Cosmetics -
    Target Corporation
    Target Corporation

  • "Kathy's extensive experience makes her a valuable resource to anyone looking to maximizing benefits that can be derived from diversity certifications or procurement opportunities. Kathy has a keen understanding of the often very complicated strategic-sourcing process of large corporations, as well as a unique understanding of what it takes for an entrepreneur to be scalable and successful across many different industries.

    Kathy also understands the challenges that diverse businesses face when trying to get consideration. She can advise what capabilities should be focused on to stand out when trying to be noticed, or when competing in an RF'x process. She has deep roots, is respected nationally in the supplier diversity community, and has aided hundreds of diverse businesses on their paths to success."Molly Larsen - Director, Corporate Responsibility (GNFR) –
    Best Buy
    Best Buy

  • "One of a kind talent and a true “CONNECTOR”. Kathy has been instrumental in helping many diverse businesses gain entrance into Target, and many supplier diversity practitioners enhance their connections and capabilities. Her strong expertise and expansive network make her an invaluable resource, and her passion for supplier diversity is a true differentiator!" Darren Harmon - Director, Supplier Diversity & Business Development –
    General Mills, Inc.
    General Mills

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