Why Local Supplier Diversity Matters

The expansion of procurement with DC minority-owned businesses provides:

Anchor Value

  • Aligns with mission and strategic objectives for local diversity, equity, inclusion
  • Advances price and quality competition by expanding pipeline of considered vendors
  • Promotes service improvement and innovation within organization Offers professional development opportunities for staff and students
  • Enhances institutional reputation with customers, community, and local government

Economic Value

  • Promotes stronger local economy by boosting local GDP
  • Increases tax revenue to fund community priorities
  • Promotes economic diversification to support resilience of economy

Community Value

  • Creates and retains jobs, especially for most disadvantaged residents
  • Boosts job quality such as wages, benefits, and advancement for business employees
  • Supports intergenerational wealth creation for entrepreneurs and their families

Stories Of Impact:

Quick Wins For Mbe Growth

As DCAP has pursued institutional changes that will be key to long-term impact, CNHED has rigorously sought short-term procurement opportunities from Anchor Members to support individual businesses. Here are several examples:

May 8, 2024

Georgetown University at forefront of inclusive purchasing initiative in DC

Sheyna Artur, the Director of Procurement at Georgetown University, has successfully transformed from managing high threat logistics to becoming a leader in procurement.

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December 12, 2023

CNHED 2023 Impact Report

The Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development (CNHED) is excited to share our 2023 Impact Report, which outlines not only our accomplishments throughout the year but also forecasts our future work in 2023.

Advocacy Capacity Building/Training CNHED Updates Community Engagement DC Community Anchor Partnership DC Landlord Partnership ELEVATE Events Housing Impact/Case Study Public Policy Small Business VISTA Strong Communities Program Workforce Development
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September 28, 2023

Local Procurement Initiative Celebrates Milestone of $250 Million to Minority Owned Businesses

District hospital systems, universities, and utility companies come together to support the growth of local DC-Based Minority-Owned Businesses

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June 26, 2023

CNHED Launches DCAP Portfolio, Bolstering Minority-Owned Businesses in DC’s Economic Comeback

The Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED) announces the launch of the DCAP Portfolio as part of its DC Community Anchor Partnership (DCAP) initiative.

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June 12, 2023

American University Joins Community Anchor Collaborative in Support of Local MBEs

The Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED) announces today that American University has joined the DC Community Anchor Partnership (DCAP) as a participating anchor institution.

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April 12, 2023

A Message from the President: DC’s 2023 Disparity Study

Last week, the District released results from its Disparity Impact Study, which provided a comprehensive overview of whether a disparity exists between the availability and utilization of minority- and women-owned businesses as part of the District’s contracting processes.

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