The Minority Business Partnership (MBP) is an economic development initiative which seeks to help grow our economy and strengthen area business by leveraging the Dayton region’s minority assets.

How does MBP work?

MBP creates supply chain opportunities for local businesses by pairing minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses with large buying organizations within the region. The chamber believes this innovative regional approach to supplier diversity will not only enhance the economic vibrancy of the region but also strengthen the competitive advantage of all businesses.

MBP accelerates the growth of minority business enterprises (MBEs) by advocating for increased minority business participation and facilitating strategic business partnerships. Download a PDF overview of the MBP Program.

The Minority Business Partnership:

  • Helps buying organizations keep more procurement spend local
  • Builds supplier diversity capacity in the region
  • Connects buyers with MBE suppliers

The 20/40 Partnership

The Minority Business Partnership (MBP) strategically focuses on two specific areas for building inclusion: capacity and creating connections in our region. The outcomes of these two areas are the source for creating a tangible return on investment to the community. In order to make those connections, MBP strives to identify our community’s largest buying organizations and its sizable minority suppliers.

These two strategy areas focus on a subgroup of the Dayton region. This subgroup of approximately 20 committed buying organizations and 40 minority owned firms represents the group most likely to create true economic outcomes. The buying organizations are referred to as Committed Buying Organizations (CBO) and the minority owned businesses are called the Focused 40.  It is important not to become fixated on the exact numbers in either case. The focus is best placed on the profile of the groups and the activities creating results. Whatever the exact numbers, these two groups are the most ready to engage in doing business together, creating jobs, and embracing inclusionary practices.

Benefits for Qualified Buying Organizations

  • Purchasing Roundtable: Quarterly meetings for Chief Procurement Officers and Purchasing Managers to network and exchange best practices.
  • Facilities Committee: Quarterly meetings for Facilities Managers to network and exchange best practices related to increasing supplier diversity within the construction and building maintenance industries.
  • One-on-One Consultations: Support for Chief Executives and internal teams to help strengthen the supplier diversity process and identify new opportunities for MBE participation in an organization’s supply chain.
  • Outreach Opportunities: Ability to connect with corporate buyers and construction project owners.

Benefits for Qualified Minority Business Enterprises

  • Enterprise Leadership and Development: Support through the Dayton Entrepreneurial Development Network as well as statewide and national partners to help companies refine and execute their plans for business growth.
  • Financing and Mergers & Acquisitions: Counseling, information and access for funding and support to help meet the capital needs of a growing business.
  • Mentor-Protégé and Teaming relationships: Introductions and recommendations to potential partners interested in developing joint ventures and strategic alliances.
  • One-on-One Consultations: Support for Chief Executives and internal teams to strengthen the company’s value proposition, enhance operations and accelerate growth potential.
  • Bid Opportunities: Access to qualified bid opportunities.

Business Assistance & Resources

The Dayton Area Chamber’s Minority Business Partnership teams with partner organizations to provide a diverse portfolio of business resources and assistance programs. The partners listed here provide valuable assistance to entrepreneurs and small business leaders in the Dayton region.

Entrepreneurial Services Provider (ESP)

In partnership with The Entrepreneurs Center, the ESP program supports tech entrepreneurs with big ideas – the type of entrepreneurs with the passion and dedication to see their vision from concept to growth, whose ideas will disrupt industries and transform expectations. Does this sound like you? If so, your next step is to share an overview of your business and the types of assistance you might need. Get started by completing the ESP contact form here.

Project Accelerate

Project Accelerate, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co., is a new national initiative designed to empower and assist diverse owned businesses, including, but not limited to, women, Black, Hispanic and Latino, Asian and Pacific Islander, Indigenous, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities, led by veteran, military and military spouses seeking to grow and scale their companies.

Dedicated to increasing equity and inclusion within the veteran and military community, Project Accelerate is seeking 50 qualified cohort participants to receive training and coaching regarding how to expand your business within the commercial and governmental sectors and connecting with national supplier diversity partners to learn how to maximize contracting opportunities. Click here to learn more.

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Project Enginuity

Project Enginuity was designed to accelerate and empower Black, Latinx and women innovators led by the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Minority Business Partnership (DACC MBP) in collaboration with the Entrepreneurs’ Center (EC) and support from Chase.

Program participants receive expert training, which supports their application for necessary funding via Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards. Businesses that receive non-dilutive capital from SBIR are able to explore their technological potential, profit from commercialization and build long-term wealth. Learn more at






Meet the buying organizations (CBOs) that have leveraged their procurement spend to fuel economic growth with an emphasis on minority business development.



Meet the minority owned businesses (MBEs) willing to engage with the Committed Buying Organizations.



Our key partners provide valuable assistance to entrepreneurs and small business leaders in the Dayton region. See if you qualify, and apply here.



Do you have questions about the Minority Business Partnership?  Please call Belinda Stenson, Vice President of  Business Inclusion at 937-226-8233 or send us a message on this form.