Building a Stronger Regional Economy Through Minority Business Development

 

Chicago United expanded its Five Forward Initiative™ to create a more comprehensive program that provides additional assistance and resources to more Minority Business Enterprises: the Minority Business Partnership Program, which includes the Five Forward Initiative™.

Through the Minority Business Partnership Program, which includes the Five Forward Initiative™, Chicago United works one-on-one with Minority Business Enterprises* to connect them with capital and government assistance that, in turn, strengthen the local economy and enhance job creation within Chicago’s communities.

Additionally, this impactful program helps Committed Corporations meet their business diversity goals.

This structure enables Chicago United to work with Minority Business Enterprises outside the Five Forward Initiative™ to provide these businesses with programming and resources. We help facilitate networking and partnership opportunities amongst Minority Business Enterprises and Committed Corporations, which sets the foundation for future partnering and business opportunities.

*Minority Business Enterprises are not required to be a Member of Chicago United to participate.

OUR RESULTS:

Over 100 Minority Business Enterprises participate in the Program.

55 Minority Business Enterprises with current contracts.

16 Committed Corporations participate in the Program.

2023 TOTAL SPEND: $91 Million
An increase from 2022 Total Spend by $15 Million

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COMMITTED CORPORATIONS

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INNOVATION, LEADERSHIP, AND DIVERSITY IN CHICAGO'S BUSINESS COMMUNITY

FUNDING PROVIDERS

The Minority Business Partnership Program which includes The Five Forward Initiative™ is supported in part through funding by
Nicor Gas

The Minority Business Partnership Program, which includes the Five Forward Initiative™ is the proud recipient of a grant from
The Allstate Foundation

For Details On THE Minority Business Partnership PROGRAM Including the Five Forward Initiative™,
Please Contact:

Debbie Cortez
Director of Minority Business Partnership
(312) 977-3061
dcortez@chicago-united.org