Anger. Fear. Grief. Exasperation.
Like you, our organization is grappling with the emotional distress of seeing yet more lives lost and broken due to racial injustice and social inequity in our country. While many of us joined protests to peacefully demand justice, we also watched with you as civil unrest erupted into violence and vandalism in many cities. These events – coupled with the already damaging economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – are dealing with devastating blows to the minority business community.
I’ll be direct. The time for simply talking about these problems has passed. Change must come and come quickly. More than any other time in history, we are now called upon as business leaders to not only lend a hand to our MBEs, but to take definitive action and stand up against the systemic racial barriers plaguing our society.
Your Action Matters – Make a Difference Towards MBE Economic Inclusion and Parity
NMSDC promises to amplify our advocacy for supplier diversity and economic inclusion domestically and globally. We will leverage our forums to listen to MBEs about the obstacles they face and provide access to services and resources which address their challenges. Our efforts will be intentional and positioned to generate parity and economic inclusion within the all-too-often underserved minority business community.
In response to Corporate Partners and MBEs asking how to best address these issues, NMSDC invites you to support our 2020 MBE Recovery & Revitalization Campaign, featuring these financial, investment, and support resources:
Fortify Your Commitment to Minority Business Inclusion
Corporate Members are invited to recommit to the utilization and growth of minority businesses.
Start today by having your organization make a pledge to support one or all of our current programs and show your company’s intention to support NMSDC’s MBE economic inclusion and parity initiatives.
In This Together: 2020 Initiatives
Newly launched to invest in minority businesses struggling to recover from the economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 and those sustaining damage and vandalism during violent protests.
If you need more insight on how your contribution will assist MBEs in need during this unprecedented time, contact Pauline Gebon at Pauline.Gebon@NMSDC.org.
NMSDC has convened a cross-organization coalition focused on eradicating the racial wealth gap and startup capital gap to build and scale minority businesses.
To advance this work, contact Henry Childs at Henry.Childs@NMSDC.org.
Our BCF is the only U.S. non-profit organization focused exclusively on financing the growth and development of certified MBEs operating in corporate and government supply chains nationally.
To help us raise capital for low interest loans to MBEs in need, please visit www.BCFCapital.com.
Our Academy program provides a range of immersive professional development, learning and training opportunities for MBEs and our Corporate Partners including: Emerging Young Entrepreneurs; Minority Business Leadership Academy; Centers of Excellence Certificate Program; and Women of Color initiatives.
Please contact Maria Prince at
Maria.Prince@NMSDC.org for more information on this program.
This is the beginning of the dialogue. We will convene our Industry Group Leaders and the Supplier Diversity Advisory Committee to develop long term strategies to address systemic racial barriers impacting economic inclusion. We have a shared responsibility to uphold our obligations to the MBEs we have vowed to support and sustain. I encourage you to join NMSDC’s efforts in addressing the urgent needs of today as well as stand together with us as advocates for creating meaningful and lasting changes in our country’s culture, policy, and social standards.
Please let me know if you have questions.
Sending You the Best,
On behalf of the NMSDC Network
Adrienne C. Trimble
President and CEO
Dominique Simpson Milton
Peter F. Hurst, Jr.
Ingrid M. Robinson
Michelle Sourie Robinson
Jacqueline D. Neal
Mr. Francisco S. Cabrera
Ms. Virginia Gomez
Mr. Alvin-o Williams
Ms. Karen Box
Ms. Cheri Henderson
Mr. Cecil Plummer