The Rigel Awards Luncheon

The Rigel Awards Luncheon is held on September 11th from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM at the George R. Brown Convention Center. This luncheon hosts over 800 businesses which includes sponsors, exhibitors, business owners, and political officials. Special seating arrangements are made in advance to provoke networking opportunities between buyers and suppliers as we celebrate the success and dedication of our Rigel Stars.

Each year the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council (HMSDC) presents the Rigel Awards to minority business enterprises (MBEs), corporate leaders and major corporations who have made a significant impact in the development of minority businesses and have gone far beyond all expectations.

The following awards will be given at this year’s luncheon:

  • Innovation Award
  • Minority Business Development Award
  • Middle Market Engagement Award
  • National Corporation of the Year Award
  • Local Corporation of the Year Award
  • Prime Supplier of the Year Award
  • Supplier of the Year Award by Class
  • Strategic Teaming Alliance Award
  • Advocate of the Year Award

What is the Rigel Star?

The Rigel Star is a blue super giant star that shines with the luminosity of approximately 85,000 times that of the Sun. It can be found in the Orion constellation, 700-900 light-years away. The Rigel’s radiant characteristics stand out among the other stars. It is only befitting that we recognize our Rigel stars at the EXPO Awards Luncheon to demonstrate how they continue to drive excellence in supplier diversity.