Business Equity for Indy

Corporate Social Responsibility: You’re Invited to Join Business Equity for Indy to Stand for Change

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) isn’t just a buzzword—it’s a strategic imperative. Research conducted by Gallup found that companies with highly engaged employees experience 59% lower turnover rates. Engaged employees are more likely to feel connected to the organization’s mission and values, which are often aligned with CSR initiatives; highlighting the significant impact CSR efforts can […]

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Driving Diversity: Inside Business Equity for Indy’s People Community of Practice (PcP)

When it comes to accessing well-paid, family-sustaining career opportunities in the tech sector, high-potential, Black candidates are left sitting on the sidelines. Research published by TechPoint shows that when an employer requires a bachelor’s degree screen for a job, they screen out 70 percent of Black workers. In fact, nonessential degree requirements exclude two-thirds of

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Indiana’s Journey Towards Higher Education Attainment

Indiana has long been committed to the pursuit of higher education, but recent data from the Lumina Foundation reveals that there’s still work to be done to meet the state’s ambitious goals. In an annual report titled “A Stronger Nation,” the foundation sheds light on Indiana’s progress and challenges in achieving postsecondary degree and credential

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Celebrating Culinary Excellence: Recap of the February BEI Procurement Roundtable

Business Equity for Indy (BEI) hosted its much-anticipated Procurement Roundtable in February, sponsored by Salesforce and EatHere with support from Regions Bank. This event, held quarterly, serves as a cornerstone in BEI’s mission to bolster the launch, growth, and success rates of Black-owned enterprises in Central Indiana—and this month, our procurement and supplier diversity partners

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BEI Partners with Mentors of Color for Speed Networking Event

Business Equity for Indy (BEI) and Mentors of Color hosted the Mentors of Color Brunch and Networking Event, an event for 40 Black young professionals and local business leaders at 16 Tech. This event was focused on building mentoring relationships with Black professionals. Mentors and mentees included leaders from Be Nimble, Black Onyx Management, Cummins,

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

I’ve always had a passion for marketing and communications work, and though I had always worked for someone, one day I decided to take the plunge into self-employment. I started Herd Strategies in 2011, and since then the business has grown—both in headcount and clientele. As a Black, woman-owned business, our 12-year journey has included

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Black History Month Celebration

Celebrating and honoring Black History Month: Essential for me and Business Equity for Indy 

Business Equity for Indy (BEI), which was established in October 2020, is a collection of stakeholders on a mission to drive change and advance racial equity. Late last year, our Chairman, Jeff Harrison shared, “As BEI celebrates two years of work toward equity, we also recognize that our journey is, in many ways, just beginning.

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Building With, Not For: Developing Communities Together 

Real estate developers working with communities to determine what their needs are—it’s an idea that seems radical. When you think of a developer, you probably picture a group of people in a board room deciding what they want to build without consulting the people that live in the area first. And in many cases, you’re

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Five Minutes with Daryle L. Johnson, Interim CEO & President, Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council

Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) is a cherished partner of Business Equity for Indy (BEI), most commonly working alongside the Procurement & Participation Taskforce to support awareness, education, and relationship-building between corporations and Black- and minority-owned businesses. As interim CEO & President of Mid-States MSDC, Daryle, often better known as The Idea Guy, has

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