Levering the Valley’s diversity through contracts & jobs for greater economic prosperity.


The Central Valley Business Diversity Program is a core initiative of the FMBCC Foundation. The purpose of the Central Valley Business Diversity Expo is to inspire greater business diversity in Central California. The event features a supplier diversity/minority contracting trade fair, small business and human resources workshops, industry panel discussion, a DBE/MBE Investor Pitch event, and a closing reception. 


The CVBD Project combines the success of past sourcing and networking events with on-going procurement technical assistance to generate sustained supplier diversity support to the Fresno region. 

The task of galvanizing our region to leverage its diversity cannot be the work of anyone organization or part of the community. A collaborative of technical assistance providers, policymakers, and various stakeholders must be part of the solution.

Partnership members: Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation, Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce, MBDA Fresno Business Center, Central CA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, The Greenlining Institute.

Follow our Chamber newsletter for more information on the CVBD Partnership Meetings and Initiatives.



 The Central Valley Business Diversity VISTA Project are:

  1. Expanding the impact of the Central Valley Business Diversity Project by building the capacity of participating organizations to serve the targeted service population(s).

  2. Developing and distributing resources for self-employed individuals and business owners to locate and utilize resources available to them.

  3. Increasing the competitiveness of underutilized firms from disadvantaged communities for public and private contracts who then, in turn, create and retain local jobs.

  4. Connecting and preparing hard-to-employ and under-employed populations with employers who are ready to receive individuals with traditional job barriers.

  5. Creating online resources to connect local businesses and employers to vendors and job seekers.

For more information about the AmeriCorps VISTA program visit here.


The Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce is a locally-based membership organization with a global reach advancing the interests of the greater African-American business community.


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