BEI is a joint effort of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, the Indy Chamber, in collaboration with the Indianapolis Urban League to grow a more inclusive business climate and build greater equity and economic opportunity for the Indy Region’s Black residents and people of color.

BEI Priorities

Five Pillars for Advancing Equity

Public Policy

Engage and support the community in effective advocacy efforts.

Impediments to Health

Address disparities to healthcare access, including a focus on COVID-19 vaccinations, maternal health, food security and other areas.

Learning and Talent

Promote opportunity and access for all Black people to receive high-quality education and training opportunities so they are prepared for good-paying, 21st-century careers.

Procurement and Participation

Increase the launch, growth and success of Black-owned enterprises.

Hiring and Promotion

Eliminate hurdles to increase equity and inclusion in Indy's workforce.

Learning and Talent Programs

Take actionable steps to make a meaningful difference in addressing educational and workforce inequities in Indianapolis.


Business Equity for Indy - Fireside Chat

Business Equity for Indy: Take the Pledge

Indianapolis Public Schools board OKs racial equity policy

Indy companies make racial equity pledge

BEI News


Equity in Supplier Diversity: 3 Tips for Expanding Your Programs

A Seat at the Table: My Journey as a Minority Business Owner 

News and Press Releases

Business Equity for Indy Launches Workforce Pilot

Inaugural program to offer support to companies seeking to build and retain diverse teams

Indiana’s Evolving Labor Market

Ascend Indiana and EmployIndy report shows a widening misalignment between job growth and educational attainment in Indiana post-pandemic.

Racial Disparities In Education And Workforce Limit Opportunities For Individuals And Talent For Employers

John Thompson & Jeff Harrison: Procurement roundtable seeks


We pledge to take meaningful action to address the issues of racial equity and justice in Central Indiana. As leaders in this community, we must hold one another accountable for creating short-and long-term change for African Americans. We pledge to share our progress toward the goal of a racially equitable community.


Business Equity for Indy (BEI) is a collection of stakeholders on a mission to drive change and advance racial equity.

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