Making supplier diversity a top priority

Corporate Goal Setters create jobs in the Cincinnati region through their collective commitment to minority spend. Mostly mid-cap and large-cap corporations, Goal Setters work with the Accelerator to meet their supplier diversity and inclusion goals by getting connected to minority-owned portfolio companies. 

As an extension of the team, the Accelerator works with Goal Setters to:

  • Identify and define ways to grow MBE capabilities.
  • Produce actionable plans to reach diversity and inclusion goals.
  • Facilitate connections with MBE portfolio firms.
  • Gather information to enable deal flow of mainstream and MBE businesses for sale.

Goal Setter Expectations

  • Set a percent of total spending and funds annual MBE spending goal and define key spend opportunities (capital investment, construction, services, IT etc.) for the next two years.
  • Encourage each other and dialogue on local issues to increase impact.
  • Willingness to confidentially share internal supplier diversity and MBE development process.
  • Willingness to confidentially share how many and with which diverse firms your company does business.
  • Willingness to confidentially share your company’s markets, spend areas and totals.
  • Willingness to identify gaps in the supply chain where few, if any, minority-owned businesses operate
  • Commitment from your company’s CEO, CPO, Supplier Diversity Officer, and Key Spend Pool contacts.
  • Actively work with the Accelerator to identify MBE spending growth opportunities.
  • Partner with the Accelerator to share success stories and best practices with other Goal Setters.

These companies are helping create jobs and grow the vibrancy and economic prosperity in our region through their collective commitment to minority spending.

  • 3CDC
  • Al. Neyer
  • ArtsWave
  • Castellini Company
  • CH2M
  • Christ Hospital
  • Cincinnati Bell
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Cincinnati Reds
  • Cincinnati State
  • Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
  • Cintas
  • City Gospel Mission
  • Dinsmore & Shohl
  • Duke Energy
  • Emcor (Viox Services)
  • Ethicon Endo Surgery
  • Fidelity
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • First Financial Bank
  • Kroger
  • Macy’s
  • Mercy Health
  • Messer
  • Metro/Sorta
  • Miami University
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • PNC Bank
  • Port of Greater Cincinnati
  • Procter & Gamble
  • American Red Cross Greater Cincinnati Tri-State Chapter
  • Skanska
  • Toyota
  • Turner Construction Co.
  • UC Health
  • United Way
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Uptown Consortium
  • Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio
  • U.S. Bank
  • Xavier University

National Impact

Replicating the Accelerator Model

The Accelerator is unique in its model and in its success accelerating the growth of minority-owned businesses – both in the local Cincinnati landscape as well as nationally. The success of the model has galvanized cities nationally, helping to drive local economies and close the racial wealth gap. The impact in our region informs the approach taken in cities and regions across the country.

To deliver best in class results and resources across an extraordinary network of partners, The Accelerator continues to deepen its regional and national relationships. This is a snapshot of some of the key relationships on a national level in which the Accelerator is engaged. 

Contact Us about how your region can replicate the Accelerator’s model

Key partnerships driving national impact.

Our Strategic Partners

Collaboration to achieve common goals, inspire new ideas, and cultivate innovation.

The Accelerator works hand-in-hand with our strategic partners sharing tools and resources to further build, fund, and maximize our impact in the minority business community that we serve.

How to Partner

Contact to learn how your business can become a Goal Setter.