In a resounding success story for the National Business League (NBL), the National Black Supplier Development Program (NBSDP) proudly announced that over the past two years, its alumni have secured over one hundred million dollars in purchasing contracts, solidifying its position as one of the most impactful initiatives in the nation for Black-owned businesses.
“We have progressed far beyond the days of business card exchanges, chicken dinners, empty press conferences, and announcements, and we are now steadfastly dedicated to fostering commerce-driven initiatives and purposeful opportunities, going beyond mere words and charismatic speeches,” said Dr. Ken L. Harris, Ph.D., the 16th President/CEO of the National Business League.
On Wednesday, September 6, 2023, the NBL welcomed the latest cohort of exceptional Black-owned businesses into the NBSDP. This incoming group, referred to as the Collective, comprises a diverse range of businesses from across the country.
- The Advantage Group, Louisville, KY
- Mutombo Coffee, New Orleans, LA
- Chatdesk Inc., New York, NY
- Heritage Vision Plans, Detroit, MI
- HESS Advanced Solutions, Dayton, OH
- James Group International, Detroit, MI
- LED Trail, Portland, OR
- Pacific Medical Specialties, LLC, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
- Polar Group, LLC, Oakbrook Terrace, IL
- Production Spring, LLC, Troy, MI
- Tucker Technology, Inc., Oakland, CA
- VMX International, LLC, Detroit, MI
Dr. Forrest Carter, Ph.D., NBSDP National Director, outlined his vision for the program’s impact on Black businesses, stating, “Our goal is to support the development of more than 3.2 million Black businesses nationwide, providing them with opportunities within the federal government, as well as the public and private sectors.”
The NBSDP, launched in 2021 with initial capital support from MPS Group and a significant three-year funding commitment from presenting partner, Stellantis, was conceived to address the economic challenges faced by Black-owned businesses during the pandemic. It also emerged as a response to the urgent call for racial equity and inclusion following the murder of George Floyd, igniting the global Black Lives Matter movement.
In its second year, the program gained further momentum with the support of partners like Comerica Bank, Cummins, DTE Energy, Ford, GM, Lear, Magna, and Toyota. Remarkably, a waiting list of Fortune 500 companies is eager to join this successful and impactful program in 2024.