Black Businesses Center Stage through Business Equity for Indy’s Procurement Roundtables

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The free, quarterly event series designed to increase Indy’s supplier diversity pipelines

Ind. (August 22, 2022)— According to the Brookings Institute, there is an opportunity for Black-owned businesses to unlock some $700 billion in revenue if they were earning at the same level as their non-Black business owner counterparts. To help Black-owned businesses across the Indy region tap into their revenue potential, Business Equity for Indy’s (BEI) Procurement & Participation Taskforce hosts quarterly roundtables. The next Procurement Roundtable is slated to take place on August 25 at Corteva.

The roundtable, hosted in partnership with Mid-States Minority Supplier Diversity Council and the Indy Black Chamber of Commerce, will spotlight five, Indy-based, Black-owned businesses specializing in technology, transportation, health and well-being, fleet, and manufacturing services.

The Procurement Roundtable Meet and Greet is geared towards corporate and nonprofit partners looking to increase their supplier diversity by committing to eight national best practices. As companies across the Indy region are looking to advance equity, the Procurement Roundtable serves as an ongoing resource to meet companies where they are. Additional details can be found at

When: Thursday, August 25, 2022

Where: Corteva Agriscience, 9330 Zionsville Rd, Indianapolis


  • Stacia Murphy, Director, Equity Outreach & Strategic Partnerships, Indy Chamber
  • Reggie Williams, Facilitator, Consultant to Corporate Management, PRI
  • Gordon Brooks, CPO, Eli Lilly & BEI Sponsor
  • Participating Black-owned businesses:
    • Tim Harris II, Kid Glove
    • Derrick Knox, Diverse IT
    • Andre Johnson, Navis Pack & Ship
    • Chris Barney, Team Cruiser Supply
    • Alicia Mckoy, Peak Mind

Due to facility capacity, media attendance must be confirmed by August 23. Please contact Casey Cawthon at [email protected] to RSVP.

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About Business Equity for Indy

Business Equity for Indy is a joint effort of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, the Indy Chamber, in collaboration with the Indianapolis Urban League to grow a more inclusive business climate and build greater equity and economic opportunity for the Indy Region’s Black residents and people of color.

About the Procurement Roundtable

The Procurement Roundtable exists to increase the launch, growth, and success rates of Black and minority enterprises and assist Central Indiana companies and organizations pledging support. The Procurement Roundtable is geared towards corporate and nonprofit partners looking to increase their supplier diversity by committing to eight national best practices.

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