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Baltimore Integration Partnership Update – October 2018

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 career-training@humanim.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, EssenceBaltimore MagazineBaltimore 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.

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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.

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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.

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Baltimore Integration Partnership Update – July 2018

What Is Economic Inclusion – And Why Is This Concept So Important for Baltimore?

These key questions are the focus of Chapter 1 of the new BIP Report Collectively We Rise: The Business Case for Economic Inclusion in Baltimore. Released at the Impact Hub on June 29th, the report documents best practices and lessons learned from ongoing economic inclusion initiatives and finds that the strategies create benefits for individuals, businesses, and institutions. The report highlights dozens of inclusion strategies undertaken by anchor institutions, businesses, nonprofits, and public partners leveraging purchasing, hiring, and reinvestment powers to create community benefits. The report concludes by calling for broader participation by businesses and institutions as well as a series of people-focused investments and policies.

Chapter 1 of the report defines economic inclusion and explores the roots of poverty, the fallout from disinvestment and discriminatory practices, and identifies key strengths and opportunities Baltimore can build on. The Chapter finds that during the Great Recession, the number of African-American businesses in Baltimore grew by more than 60% from 14,644 in 2007 to 23,600 in 2012. It also finds that Baltimore has billions of dollars in new and planned investment, numerous anchor institutions that are the city’s largest employers, a strong cohort of workforce development providers and over 30 business development programs to help facilitate economic inclusion. #collectivelywerise

Read Chapter 1 or the Full Report

Port Covington – Are You Ready to BID? Vendor Open House

Port Covington is a 235-acre master-planned, mixed-use redevelopment project, with a prime location on the waterfront in Baltimore City. On Friday, July 27th from 8:30 to 10:00, an open house will be held at City Garage located at 101 W. Dickman Street. Vendors are invited to learn more about the project, the project’s diversity business goals, and qualifications for contractors. Registration via Eventbrite is required.

 

Baltimore Hosts National Anchor Collaborative Convening

Through a partnership with the Democracy Collaborative, The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Baltimore Branch, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the BIP was pleased to help welcome over 135 individuals from aspiring, developing and mature anchor collaboratives from over 30 cities on June 11th and 12th. The event included a tour and overview of local economic inclusion strategies led by Maryland Institute College of Art, Humanim, Loyola, Johns Hopkins, Bon Secours, Kaiser Permanente, University of Maryland Medical Center, and the University of Maryland Baltimore. Through facilitated sessions, BIP stakeholders joined with their peers from other cities to determine how to strengthen local and national anchor institution strategies.  View Event Photos

Made in Baltimore Releases The State of Urban Manufacturing: Baltimore City Snapshot

Produced through a partnership with the Urban Manufacturers Alliance, Made in Baltimore released a new study to explore the challenges and opportunities facing Baltimore City’s ‘maker economy’. The bulk of the study analyzes a survey of nearly 100 business owners in Baltimore’s light-manufacturing sector. The analysis characterizes the sector through various lenses, including company size, ownership, revenue, product types, and more. It also explores the barriers to growth as identified by the business owners themselves, and provides recommendations to address those barriers. To help facilitate support for this sector, the report includes a series of recommendations focused on capital, workforce, production space and several for anchor institutions. Read the Baltimore City Snapshot

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Family Supporting Jobs in the Baltimore Region

The Baltimore Metropolitan Council released the 2018 Family Supporting Jobs Report. The report is a comprehensive assessment of the employment opportunities in family-supporting jobs in central Maryland. Family-supporting jobs are defined as occupations that pay an hourly wage that allows working adults with less than a bachelor’s degree to provide for their family’s needs. The report forecasts demand in family-supporting jobs across a range of sectors, and measures of education, work experience, and training. In the region, the following sectors are expected to offer the highest number of family-supporting job opportunities: construction, business services, and healthcare. Among other factors, the report looks at work experience and on-the-job training requirements to help people better understand the credentials typically expected for various positions. It also identifies the top 50 family-supporting occupations by total demand, median hourly wage, and new job growth. Read the Report (Link to Google Drive for 120 MB File)

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

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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.

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Collectively We Rise: The Business Case for Economic Inclusion in Baltimore

This new report highlights ongoing initiatives to create jobs through economic inclusion in Baltimore.  Through interviews, it documents best practices and finds that the strategies create benefits for individuals, businesses and institutions.  The report calls for broader participation by businesses and institutions as well as people-focused investments and policies.

Collectively We Rise:  The Business Case for Economic Inclusion in Baltimore

June 2018 | Author: Scott Hebert | Data Analysis: University of Baltimore Jacob France Institute

“Economic inclusion” is about taking proactive steps to identify and remove barriers that have denied segments of Baltimore’s population, and particularly persons of color, pathways to economic opportunity and advancement. This report presents the case of why in it’s the self-interest of every Baltimore business and the region’s educational and healthcare “anchor” institutions to incorporate economic inclusion efforts as part of their standard business practices. The report uses a variety of case studies and testimonials from Baltimore business representatives actively engaged in inclusion to illustrate the concrete economic benefits of those activities for individuals businesses, and institutions, and for the Baltimore region as a whole. The publication presents evidence demonstrating not only that businesses and anchor institutions can engage in the economic inclusion work without negatively affecting their bottom lines – but also that such activities actually provide many opportunities for businesses to enhance their brands, markets and sales. The report also outlines a broad range of tested strategies that businesses and anchor institutions, working in partnership with each other, community organizations and leaders, and government entities, can use to maximize the effectiveness and impact of their economic inclusion efforts.

 

Report Documents
Full Report (PDF)

Appendix 1: Profiles of BIP Anchor Institution Economic Inclusion Activities (PDF)

Appendix 2: Minority- and Black/African American-owned Business Analysis (PDF)

Appendix 3: Selected National Reports and Reports from Other States Examining Economic Inclusion Issues (PDF)

Press Release (PDF)

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The BIP is posting and featuring chapters excerpted from the full report above. Below are the sections that are now available.
What is Economic Inclusion – And Why Is This Concept So Important for Baltimore? (Chapter 1)
    Defining Economic Inclusion
    The Historic Roots of Poverty in Baltimore
    The Fallout from Disinvestment and Discriminatory Practices
    Strengths to Build On
Why Should Baltimore Businesses and Anchor Institutions Care About Promoting Economic Inclusion? (Chapter 2)
    The Benefits of Economic Inclusion
    The Benefits from Economic Inclusion Efforts for Individual Businesses or Anchor Institutions
What Can Baltimore Businesses and Anchor Institutions Do to Promote Greater Economic Opportunity?(Chapter 3)
    Profiles of Economic Inclusion Efforts by Small and Medium-Sized Baltimore Businesses
    Profiles of Economic Inclusion Efforts by Larger Businesses and Anchor Institutions
    Profiles of Economic Inclusion Activities Conducted by Larger Partnerships
    Other Efforts that Support Economic Inclusion
What Lessons Can Baltimore’s Prior Economic Inclusion Efforts Offer Us? (Chapter 4)
    Changing the Internal Institutional Culture
    Engaging with Community
    Capacity to Undertake Economic Inclusion
    Finding Qualified Firms
    Finding Qualified Labor
    Persistent Challenges
What Is The Role of Government In Fostering Increased Economic Inclusion In The Baltimore Region? (Chapter 5)
    City of Baltimore Economic Inclusion Programs and Tools
    State of Maryland Economic Inclusion Programs and Tools
Conclusions And Key Recommendations
    Why Increased Business Engagement and Expanded Economic Inclusion Efforts Are So Necessary?
    How Can Other Businesses and Anchor Institutions Get Engaged?
    Suggested Actions for Baltimore-Area Businesses and Anchor Institutions Interested in Economic Inclusion Efforts
    What Additional Actions Can Baltimore Stakeholders Take To Foster Broader Economic Inclusion Efforts?
    Conclusions

 

 

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Baltimore Integration Partnership Update – May 2018

ICCC Launches in Baltimore; Development Program for Businesses Now Open for Applications

The Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program is seeking Baltimore business participants for this national program that positions inner-city businesses for long term success.  The ICCC’s 40 hour curriculum emphasizes capital access to help small businesses in economically-distressed areas build capacity for sustainable growth in revenue, profitability and employment.  Businesses can apply directly or be nominated for the program by third parties. Support for the ICCC is made possible through Kaiser Permanente and the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office.  More Information.

Maryland New Directions Hosting Employment Resource and Job Fair

A range of employers including anchor institutions as well as workforce development organizations will be on hand to support job seekers at 2640 St. Paul Street on Thursday, May 31 from 9 am to 12 pm.  Maryland New Directions is coordinating the resource and job fair with support from Central Baltimore Partnership and the BIP.  Individuals are encouraged to bring hard copies of their resume.   The event will also include free resume review as well as information about industry skill job training opportunities.  For more information.

NEW! Directory of Resources and Intermediaries to Help Find Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, and Local Business Enterprises

Intermediaries can play a critical role in connecting small businesses to the buying power of large businesses and anchor institutions. Often these organizations can identify firms that can meet buying needs while also offering capacity building, technical assistance and connectivity to additional resources that are needed to help the small businesses succeed.  This working document contains brief summaries of 20 organizations, websites, and business directories that BIP partners, stakeholders, and staff have used to help identify local, minority, and women-owned businesses.  Organizations include government agencies, nonprofits, and for-profit enterprises with Baltimore City or State of Maryland focused operations.  Download the Directory

Building Community Partnerships to Strengthen Local Hiring

This blog post captures the work and leadership of Towson University and their participation in Humanim’s Administrative Assistant Training Program.  It reflects on their challenges and approaches to local hiring and underscores the importance of partnerships and collaboration in fostering successful economic inclusion outcomes.  Read the Blog Post

Why Diversity and Inclusion Matter to Maryland’s Workforce

The Baltimore Integration Partnership partnered with Towson University and the Governor’s Workforce Development Board to host our 3rd Annual Maryland Workforce Outlook Forum on May 16th.  This year’s forum was focused on diversity and inclusion and attended by representatives of area communities, businesses, nonprofits, anchor institutions, and government agencies.  Full video coverage of the event is now available of the featured speakers including Clair Minson of Associated Black Charities, Leah Cox of Towson University, Kylie Patterson of Johns Hopkins University, Willy Moore of Southway Builders, Tammira Lucas of Moms as Entrepreneurs, Calvin Butler of Baltimore Gas and Electric, and Heather Lageman of the Council of Educational Administrative and Supervisory Organizations of Maryland. News Story | Event Coverage with Video

HopkinsLocal 2nd Year Progress Report

With the creation of HopkinsLocal, leaders from Johns Hopkins University and Health System committed to set concrete, measurable goals over three years and to be transparent about the institutions’ results. At the end of the second year of the program—measured from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017—leaders from Johns Hopkins reported exceeding those goals.  Progress Report

Analysis of Patterns of Employment by Race in Baltimore City and the Baltimore Metropolitan Area

This new report by Associated Black Charities presents data on racial differences in employment, employment growth, earnings and job turnover. It finds African American employment is concentrated in lower wage industries and occupations and African American workers tended to earn less than their white counterparts and experience higher employment turnover.  It also finds that African American employment experienced faster post-recession growth than white employment
across all industries.  Read the Full Report

New Website Launched

The BIP has launched a new website.  Please update your links and visit us at www.baltimorepartnership.org

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Employer Directory of Workforce Organizations to Help Hire Locally

A new directory of Baltimore nonprofit and public workforce development organizations is now available to help employers and community stakeholders find workforce partners to meet hiring needs. It summarizes the work of more than 45 organizations that support Baltimore City workers by offering skills training, eliminating barriers to employment, and facilitating job placement.  Learn More

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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.

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Resources and Intermediaries to Help Find Minority-owned, Women-owned and Local Business Enterprises

Intermediaries can play a critical role in connecting small businesses to the buying power of large businesses and anchor institutions. Often these organizations can identify firms that can meet buying needs while also offering capacity building, technical assistance and connectivity to additional resources that are needed to help the small businesses succeed. This working document contains brief summaries of 20 organizations, websites, and business directories that BIP partners, stakeholders, and staff have used to help identify local, minority, and women-owned businesses. Organizations include government agencies, nonprofits, and for-profit enterprises with Baltimore City or State of Maryland focused operations. Download the Directory (PDF)

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