Programs & Services

The Institute helps companies and communities prosper through better business practices and by engaging a broader, more diverse network of vendors, suppliers and partners.

We help small businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans and people with disabilities start and grow. We help companies diversify their supply chains. We help communities expand their business base and improve their business climate.

Our services include:

  • Women Business Development – Counseling, assistance and networking that help women start, operate and grow successful businesses.
  • Construction Business Diversity – Services and matchmaking that diversify the construction industry and prepare a broader field of companies for public and private contracts.
  • Transportation Business Diversity – Advocacy and technical assistance that helps small and disadvantaged businesses build their capacity to bid on federally funded transportation projects.
  • Public Allies – As the operating partner for Public Allies North Carolina, the Institute prepares young adults for business and community leadership based on knowledge, expertise and values that promote diversity as a path to broad prosperity.

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“The Institute is like a family that is always there for you; they challenge you when you are down and support your success.”

—Joe Zhou, Principal, Open Asset Management Co.