ProfTech Celebrates Minority Heritage Month

October is National Minority Heritage Month! This month-long observation honors the culture, heritage, and contributions of minorities in America each year. As a minority-owned business ourselves, we would like to take this opportunity to tell our story and show our pride in our work, heritage and continuous efforts towards success and equality. 

The ProfTech Story 

Let’s go back to the 80’s, a time of big business—and bigger hair—when the nation was keen on shows of grandeur. In a time of big, ProfTech began in the simplest way possible: an observation. A clever college student at the time, Jose R. Montiel recognized that fads and the economy rise and fall…but office supplies and workplace solutions will always be needed.  

This eureka moment was the spark that would eventually become ProfTech: a nationwide, single-source workplace solutions supplier.  

But the road wasn’t always easy. It took determination and smarts for Jose to take his minority-owned business from a 3-person operation to the 40-year success it is today. 

Hear Jose R. Montiel talk about the company’s journey: 

We Empower Our Employees 

Our business is more than workplace solutions and next day delivery—it’s about people. Since we are a minority business, we understand the importance of opportunity and empowerment. We’ve worked hard to cultivate a diverse workforce, employing many in the Elmsford, New York area, including people living with disabilities. Our company goes the extra mile by working with a number of organizations, including VESID and BOCES.  

career with ProfTech is a career with respect and purpose. 

Our Awards & Certifications as a Minority Owned Business 

Our Awards 

Minority Vendor of the Year NY Region 2014, Minority Business Development Agency 

Hispanic Entrepreneur Award 1998, 2001, 2013, 

Hispanic 500 1985-2015, 

Entrepreneur of the Year 1989, 1994 & Vendor of the Year 2004, NY/NJ Minority Supplier Development Council 

Recognized for Employing Physically Challenged 1995-2014, The University of the State of New York 

Our Certifications & Affiliations 

US Small Business Administration – Small Disadvantaged Business 

New York/New Jersey Minority Purchasing Council 

New England Minority Supplier Development Council 

All Awards & Certifications 

New York businesses enjoy working with because of our modern solutions, our expansive inventory, our rapid delivery and courteous customer service. But most importantly, they appreciate the character and understanding born of a minority-owned business. 

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