Custom Design I Hand-Crafted Products I Superior Value I Exceptional Service
Dennis Diaz President and CEO of BGD Companies, Inc. is named Metropolitan Economic Development Association’s (MEDA’s) ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
-Article published in MEDA’s Annual Report published June 2002.
Diaz, President and CEO of BGD Companies, Inc. is MEDA’s Entrepreneur
of the Year for 2001. With his wife and partner, Angie, he has built a
very successful company specializing in selling and installing seating
and other products to hotels, restaurants, country clubs and shopping
malls throughout the country. BGD is based in Minneapolis, and he
estimates that ethnic minorities and women make up 95% of his workforce.
from the Philippines, Dennis started out in the Twin Cities as a small
importer of consumer products from the Far East. Foreseeing a trend of
more direct importing by his department store customers, he switched
the firm’s focus to commercial customers, first concentrating on wicker
furniture, and then branching out to upholstered seating products. At
present, BGD is having good success with sales and installation of food
court and play area fixtures for shopping mall companies.
credits his long-time involvement with a variety of MEDA programs as
being an essential component of his success. “MEDA and I go back more
than 20 years,” he says, “and their programs have been a very valuable
asset every step of the way.” MEDA staff helped him put together a
business plan, assisted with access to financing and offered management
and marketing suggestions. He points out that new business have a big
problem with credibility. “With MEDA’s help, a company gets instant
credibility that answers questions about who the company is, and if it
The Pacesetter program is another of MEDA’s
targeted services that have been valuable to Dennis. “It’s a great
program that gives small businesses like ours lots of guidance. It
gives more focus and a chance to interact with others and learn from
Dennis encourages other businesses to take
advantage of MEDA’s assistance. “But it’s a two-way road,” he notes.
“They don’t do the work for you. The business owner has to work hard
and want to succeed, then they’re with you 100 percent.”