Nashville Black Chamber Stands in Support of Business Equity Package

NASHVILLE, TN — The Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce is proud to stand with Metro Nashville Mayor David Briley and others in support of the Equal Business Opportunity Program and the Small Business Reserve Program.

Both measures, announced today by Mayor Briley, create a business equity package designed to ensure more small, women, and minority owned businesses receive an equitable share of public contracting awards.

“We are elated to see Mayor David Briley make this positive move on behalf of women, and minority owned businesses in the Nashville area,” said Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce President Carolyn Waller. “Our membership is filled with scores of capable, qualified, and willing businesses that have traditionally been shut out of award processes.  The measures announced today let our membership know that the Office of the Mayor is in support of the viability and growth of small, women, and minority owned businesses.”

The policy, programmatic, and procedural changes come on the heels of Metro Nashville’s most recent disparity study. The study found that the city’s procurement processes discriminated against women and minorities in its awarding of public contracts. It also found, among other findings, that women and minority businesses were underutilized in public work.

“Small, women, and minority owned businesses are the backbone of our community and serve as the leaders of Nashville’s vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Chair Susan Vanderbilt. “We are hopeful the city will implement these measures with fidelity so that our businesses have an equitable opportunity to prosper in Nashville, the ‘It City.’”

The Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce is the membership of choice for African-American businesses and business professionals in the Nashville Metropolitan Area. Founded in 1998, the Chamber is the preeminent resource for African-American businesses to connect, learn, grow, and prosper.

For more information please contact the Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce, Carolyn Waller via e-mail at president@nashvilleblackchamber.org.

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