DME Leverages Diversity &Relationship Buildingfor Big Success

DME is certified as a service-disabled veteran and woman-owned business. By leveraging diversity status, creativity and relationship building, DME turned a single opportunity into a multi-faceted, multi-million dollar business.
By Valerie Gomez

Chelsea Derrah is the “D” in DME, a company selling office supplies, copy paper, medical-surgical supplies and equipment, and laboratory solutions that include pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter products to corporate and government customers. Partnering with mentor P.D. Morrison in 2009, Derrah was the owner and CEO and doing business with Office Depot by 2010, a remarkable achievement for a small diverse-owned business.

Her determination to succeed and her ability to build business relationships are a reflection of her U.S. Army experience and her womanhood. The result: A multi-million dollar enterprise with large corporate and government customers, and a future of continued growth and success.


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