Dickey’s Barbecue Rolls Out Diverse Business Partnership Initiative

Dickey’s Barbecue, the world’s largest barbecue chain, is introducing a new program aimed at increasing opportunities for minority and women owned businesses.”Dickey’s takes our commitment to diversity seriously,” said Carlos Reyes, chief financial officer of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “We are thrilled our national expansion is fueling business growth — our company benefits from utilizing global partners with diverse backgrounds and experiences.”

The Diverse Business Partner Initiative is an economically driven program designed to increase vendor diversity and company contributions to the economic strength and well-being of the communities they serve. With Dickey’s 61% growth rate in 2011 and continued expansion rate of 55% in 2012, the company attempts to energize local economies.

“Minority and women-owned businesses operate successful businesses while serving as leaders in their communities,” said Dianne Sanchez, owner of DMM Designs, a contractor for Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “It’s exciting that Dickey’s has put this initiative in place.”

Dickey’s Barbecue opened its first location in Dallas in 1941 and began franchising nationwide in 1994. Dickey’s currently has more than 230 locations in 43 states.  With every new restaurant, the company creates additional jobs in communities for real estate brokers, construction vendors, and suppliers.

“We are committed to improving local economies in areas we are expanding and have systems in place to make sure we strive for vendors with varied demographics,” said Reyes.

Founded in 1941, Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants began in Dallas, Texas. More than 70 years later, Dickey’s is now the world’s largest barbecue chain. Currently, Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants is located in 42 states and over 230 locations nationwide. For more information on partnering with Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants in any location, call (866) 340-6188 or visit www.dickeys.com. Also visit our corporate Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dickeysbarbecuepit. Dickey’s: Passionate about the Art of Great Barbecue.

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