Advocacy Organizations and Partnerships
AGL Resources is endeavoring to have diverse representation in all levels of procurement within our organization. One of the ways we do this is through an active advocacy effort in support of different organizations that promote the ideals of supplier diversity and development. We continue to strengthen our existing community relationships, as well as develop new partnerships to expand our reach. We have partnered with several organizations that provide developmental opportunities and assistance to businesses.
American Association of Blacks in Energy
The American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) is a national association of energy professionals founded and dedicated to ensure the input of all minorities into the discussions and developments of energy policies regulations, R&D technologies, and environmental issues. The organization serves as a resource for environmental and energy policy makers, an advocate and supporter of minority energy professionals, and a resource for businesses wishing to pursue opportunities in energy-related fields.
Atlanta Business League
The Atlanta Business League fosters the growth, creation and development of successful business enterprises. This organization develops relevant policy initiatives that provide access to increased business opportunities, and implements creative and innovative programs that foster economic empowerment.
Chicago Minority Business Development Council (CMBDC)
Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce
Chicago Minority Business Opportunity Center
Chicago Women's Business Development Center (WBDC)
Chicago MED Week - Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
Entrepreneur Development Network Capacity Building Institute
EDN's Capacity Building Institute is a rigorous training program designed to provide skills and resources needed to accelerate business growth.
Georgia Fast Trac Program
Georgia State University and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) developed a program to help companies with business plans, provide financial analysis and identify sources of capital.
Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute
The Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute helps companies, entrepreneurs, economic developers and communities improve their competitiveness through the application of science, technology and innovation.
Georgia Governors Mentor/Protégé Program (GMPP)
GMPP is the first state program in the nation that encourages partnerships with big companies (mentors) and promising small businesses (protégés). The program is comprised of three basic components: relationship-building, education and reporting. The two companies work together for a period of 12-18 months. Goals are set that the two companies work together to achieve in this timeframe. Training and technical workshops are available in areas that the mentoring company may not be able to provide the protégé.
Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GHCC)
The GHCC promotes and supports the domestic and international economic development of Hispanic businesses and individuals. It serves as a link between non-Hispanic entities and the Hispanic market. The GHCC provides educational services, internships and scholarships to Hispanics to enhance and/or pursue higher education. Programs like these equip Hispanics with the skills necessary to obtain greater opportunities and to enhance their chances for success.
Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC)
The GMSDC fosters and expands mutually beneficial economic opportunities between certified minority business enterprises (MBEs), corporations, and government entities within the state of Georgia. The GMSDC helps build a stronger, more equitable society by supporting and promoting minority business development.
Georgia Tech Minority Business Enterprise Center
Georgia Tech Minority Business Enterprise Center is a federally funded organization that focuses on increasing the number of minority-owned businesses and strengthening existing ones. Their goal is to provide business and technical assistance to ensure significant growth and provide an economic impact through revenue and creating jobs.
Georgia Women's Business Council (GWBC)
The GWBC brings together corporations and government entities with certified Women's Business Enterprise (WBEs) to support and promote a shared interest in supplier diversity.
Hispanic American Construction Industry Association
Houston Minority Business Council (HMBC)
The HMBC is a corporate program developed to provide minority businesses not only with access to the marketplace, but also a clear understanding of prerequisites and business procedures that apply to all.
Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce
National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
Providing a direct link between corporate America and minority-owned businesses is the NMSDC's primary objective. NMSDC provides increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes.
SCORE – Counselors to Small Businesses
SCORE Atlanta is a nonprofit resource partner of the Small Business Administration. More than 75 experienced mentors are available to help with business planning, advice, training, and more.
The Supplier Diversity Development Council (SDDC) of NJ
The SDDC serves as a resource to identify "best practices" and to promote related support activities and seminars for both companies and M/WBEs, In order to enhance the advancement of mutual goals.
Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council (VSMDC)
The VSMDC promotes and facilitates development of business relationships between its members and certified minority-owned enterprises. The Council works to expand business opportunities for minority-owned companies and help build a stronger, more equitable society by supporting and promoting minority business development.
U.S. Department of Commerce - Minority Business Development Agency
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