Building Bridges by Crossing Barriers: Level the Playing Field for Minority Businesses
JE DUNN CONSTRUCTION
When it comes to providing long-standing opportunities for diversity and inclusion, JE Dunn understands its role in helping minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBE) grow and succeed in the construction industry. Through JE Dunn’s Minority Contractor Development (MCBD) program, the firm has been able to train minority and women contractors from around the country on the business and leadership skills needed to compete in the construction industry. Since the program’s inception in 2005, the MCD program has expanded into 13 different cities, trained more than 500 companies and contracted over $100 million in work with JE Dunn.
The mission of the University's Office for Business & Community Economic Development (BCED) is to contribute to the economic growth, development and prosperity of Minnesota’s urban communities.
BCED is a social enterprise whose purpose is to leverage the assets and resources of the University to create programs and services that provide innovative solutions to real-world social-economic problems that impact urban communities.
More importantly, BCED is a critical component of the University’s public service and outreach mission and its role is to create economic and community development strategies that drive the University’s Urban Agenda. BCED facilitates collaborations between the University and nonprofit, corporate and public sector partners that focus on enhancing the human condition of underserved populations.