CENTRAL VALLEY BUSINESS DIVERSITY PROGRAM

The Central Valley Business Diversity Program is a core initiative of the FMBCC Foundation.

 

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 disparity in galvanizing our region to level its diversity cannot be the task of any one organization or part of the community. A collaborative of technical assistance providers, policy makers and various stakeholders must be part of the solution.

 

CVBD Program Projects Include:

  • Central Valley Business Diversity Partnership

  • Business Assessment & Referral Program (BAR)

  • Central  Valley Business Diversity AmeriCorps VISTA Program

  • Central Valley Business Diversity Expo

CENTRAL VALLEY BUSINESS DIVERSITY PROGRAM

I have been to over 10+ outreach events in the last two months and this has been one of the best. The matchmaking provided my firm with great contacts and opportunities. (2015 Central Business Diversity Expo)

-- Virigina Villa; CEO of West Pacific Electric Company

CENTRAL VALLEY BUSINESS DIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP

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

The task of galvanizing our region to leverage its diversity cannot be the work of any one organization or part of the community. A collaborative of technical assistance providers, policy makers 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.

This new partnership will:

  • Advocate for the integration of inclusive diversity practices into the Fresno regional economy.

  • Support and facilitate procurement from diverse suppliers from the region.

  • Encourage contracted firms to support and procure from diverse suppliers from the region.

  • Provide go-to resources for companies and agencies looking to engage diverse suppliers and firms.

  • Increase the number of certified diverse business enterprises in the Fresno region.

  • Facilitate opportunities for local businesses and agencies to connect with peer human resource, procurement/purchasing and senior management to learn and share on business diversity best practices.

  • Cultivate a pipeline of qualified diversified suppliers in the Fresno region.

  • Host the region’s premier private-public sourcing event, The Central Valley Business Diversity Expo.

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

BUSINESS ASSESSMENT & REFERRAL PROGRAM

Members and Perspective Members of the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce receive one-on-one Business Assessment Consultations focused on Small Business Readiness and core business technical assistance support referrals. The goal of the Business Assessment program is to create a pipeline of support for local small businesses to aide further strategic planning for the development and expansion of their business products and services.

Business Assessment Take-Aways

  •  Business Assessment Interview

  • Assessment Results

  • Partner Referrals

  • Business Assessment Follow-Ups

  • Mentor ~ Protégé Relationship Building

Business Assessment Prime Content Areas

  • General Business Information

  • Business Strategic Plan

  • Business Sales/ Revenue Development

  • Business Certificates and Certification

  • Business Marketing and Advertising

  • Business Banking and Finances

  • Business Workforce and Human Resource

Have any question? Request a BAR Assessment HERE!

CENTRAL VALLEY BUSINESS DIVERSITY AMERICORPS VISTA PROGRAM

We are excited to announce we are in our first year as the Sponsoring, Intermediary Organization for the AmeriCorps VISTA Program. Our project sites are specifically concentrating on capacity building, access to capital,  community and economic development, and workforce development.

The Central Valley Business Diversity Project currently include 4 local partners, housing AmeriCorps VISTA members.

Subsidiary Organization: (click to learn more about our partners)

The anticipated outcomes of 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 business and employers to vendors and job seekers.

For more information about the AmeriCorps VISTA program visit here.

CENTRAL VALLEY BUSINESS DIVERSITY EXPO

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. 

This is an annual event. It takes place every spring. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:

WWW.CVBUSINESSDIVERSITY.COM

ABOUT US

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.

ADDRESS

1444 Fulton Street Ste. 206

 Fresno, CA 93721

559-441-7929

info@fmbcc.com