HSC has formed a roundtable of CEOs and procurement staff from 18 of our larger member organizations as part of a new initiative to explore how the human services sector can increase procurement from minority- and women-owned businesses and social enterprises*. Our goal is to start with organizations that have larger purchasing requirements and then extend the initiative to the broader membership. The group will continue to meet bi-monthly to hear from guest presenters and share challenges and successes. Recent guest presenters have included Markiea Carter, Director of the City of Cincinnati’s Economic Inclusion department, and Eric Kearney, CEO of the African American Chamber.
*A social enterprise is a business that directly addresses a social need either through its products and services or through the people it employs. Examples of social enterprises are VieAbility and Building Value, which employ people with disabilities to provide services and supplies.