Overcoming Challenges to Economic Inclusion
Economic inclusion efforts in Baltimore have been occurring in the area for decades, although they have grown substantially in both number and scope in recent years. These efforts offer a wealth of insights into common challenges and successful approaches for addressing them. To inform future efforts, both in Baltimore and elsewhere, the BIP is pleased to feature a new chapter from Collectively We Rise: The Business Case for Economic Inclusion in Baltimore that highlights some of the key lessons from these prior efforts. It does this by first describing five common challenges to economic inclusion including institutional/business culture, community engagement, internal capacity, finding qualified firms and finding qualified labor. The chapter then presents strategies that Baltimore businesses and anchor institutions have utilized to overcome them. A sixth challenge is also identified representing the work still ahead for Baltimore.
Read Chapter Four: What Lessons Can Baltimore’s Prior Economic Inclusion Efforts Offer Us?
BIP and Made in Baltimore Kick-Off New Initiative
Made in Baltimore, which aims spur re-investment in Baltimore City by growing the market for locally-produced goods, is partnering with BIP anchor institutions for a new initiative to connect the buying power of large businesses and institutions to smaller Baltimore City businesses that make products and goods locally. BIP anchor institutions have been asked to explore smaller procurement mechanisms like bookstores and gift shops, marketing departments as well as development offices that typical buy items for the institution or for resale to students, faculty, and staff. The initiative will include interviews to better understand these purchasing processes and opportunities as well as business development workshops and a vendor fair at the Sagamore Pendry Hotel on November 2nd made possible through the support of the Port Covington Impact Team. Public event details to come. Interested vendors are invited to apply here or contact Rachel Bone. At a project kick-off meeting last week, anchor institution representatives and small business owners from SewLabs USA, Urban Roots, and Alpha Graphics talked about what it takes for these types of approaches to be successful. Kim Bryden of City Seeds and Cureate Connect noted that “many of the institutions measure their spend in millions and billions of dollars but it’s the $2,000 to $5,000 monthly purchasing order that can change an entrepreneurs life.” Made in Baltimore has certified over 200 businesses that produce products in the City including many smaller and artisan related firms.
Humanim Admin Program Kicks-Off Third Year with New Co-Cohort
Fourteen new students (a 15th already landed a job) began their training and preparation in August towards a Microsoft Office Specialist Certification, and the Professional Administrative Certificate of Excellence. The program, in its third year, will target approximately 30 students over two cohorts supported by Maryland’s EARN program. Human Resource leaders from nearly a dozen higher education institutions and hospitals help guide the program forward, participate in mock interviews, job shadowing and consider the graduates for hiring opportunities. Last year, 26 of the 30 program participants graduated and 25 were placed in jobs predominately at the institutions. Recruiting for the next cohort is currently open and the first recruitment session will be held on January 8, 2019. Employers who are in need of hiring administrative support, please contact Humanim for further inquiries. For all information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
MICA’s BCAN Program Founder Fellows are “Paying it Forward”
Launched late last year, the Baltimore Creatives Acceleration Network (BCAN) provides strategic and as-needed, just-in-time entrepreneurship support for Baltimore creatives of all disciplines and backgrounds. The program is hosted at MICA but businesses receive aligned development support from Open Works, Six Point Pictures, Eubie Blake Jazz + Cultural Center, ETC, and The Foundry while receiving pro bono legal support from DLA Piper. Founder Fellows were profiled recently in Technical.ly, two were highlighted in the Best of Baltimore, and have been covered in Ebony, Essence, Baltimore Magazine, Baltimore Magazine and Taproot Magazine. Members of the first cohort of Founder Fellows are 3/4 of the way through their program and will be offering nine free “Pay It Forward” workshops for the public including the next one on 10/9 as part of Baltimore Innovation Week.
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Recruiting for Next Class
The GS10KSB program helps entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services. The program is administered through collaboration between Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, and Baltimore County Community College. In August, sixty-nine entrepreneurs graduated from the program bringing the total number of graduates to 125. The program is currently accepting applications for the next cohort – the deadline to apply is September 30th.
In the News
- University of Baltimore prepares to expand its landlocked campus
- Baltimore debates York Road commercial property surtax
- Morgan State reaches deal to redevelop Northwood Plaza with Barnes and Noble, grocery store
- These Baltimore brands will represent Charm City with a booth at Natural Products Expo East
- An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Baltimore
- UMB’s Promise Heights Initiative Receives $30M Federal Grant
- The Business Case for Economic Inclusion
- Economic Inclusion Benefits City, Region
- Highlights from a Busy Year of Workforce Research in Baltimore
- Anchor institutions take on role supporting diversity in Baltimore
Baltimore Resources to Support Economic Inclusion
The BIP has recently created two directories to support local hiring as well as local and minority purchasing opportunities.
- Workforce Resources in Baltimore: An Employer’s Directory of Workforce Organizations to Help Hire Locally
- Directory of Resources and Intermediaries to Help Find Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, and Local Business Enterprises
The Baltimore Integration Partnership is funded by the national Living Cities Integration Initiative, the Surdna Foundation and receives generous local support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Goldseker Foundation, Associated Black Charities, The Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative and the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (ABAG). ABAG acts as a backbone organization, coordinating and staffing the partnership.