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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
The Minority Business Partnership works with the KeyBank Business Boost & Build program to present Pathways, a Dayton-area initiative that helps microenterprise, startups, scaleups and community members thrive. This program is designed to stimulate economic growth and workforce development by fostering small business success. Click here to complete your Pathways application.
Pathways is part of the KeyBank National Community Benefits Plan, and is funded by a grant from the KeyBank Foundation. To learn more about the KeyBank Business Boost & Build program, contact Gail Francis Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Belinda Matthews Stenson at email@example.com.
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 ProjectEnginuity.com.
Meet the buying organizations (CBOs) that have leveraged their procurement spend to fuel economic growth with an emphasis on minority business development.LEARN MORE
Meet the minority owned businesses (MBEs) willing to engage with the Committed Buying Organizations.LEARN MORE
Our key partners provide valuable assistance to entrepreneurs and small business leaders in the Dayton region. See if you qualify, and apply here.LEARN MORE
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.