As a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, the true mission of the Council for Supplier Diversity is to use Supplier Diversity initiatives as an engine for economic development in economically underserved communities.
We have identified the top five economically depressed communities in San Diego County and have established Economic Empowerment Zones (EEZ). Our EEZ program leverages the economic fuel created by the transactions between corporate America and the diverse business community. The program mobilizes diverse suppliers to take direct action to improve the economic outcomes in the highest poverty areas within our region.
Economic Empowerment Zones include:
- El Cajon
- National City / Imperial Beach
- Escondido / San Marcos
- Lemon Grove / SE San Diego
- Vista / Oceanside
The key program components include:
Young Entrepreneur Academy
The Academy is designed to build future DBE suppliers by teaching young men and women from under- served communities how to identify, plan and start their own businesses. We teach them key fundamental structures, business plan development, industry knowledge and systems models that will give them a jump start. A 10-week program in which students learn business skills and receive one on one mentoring, leadership and internship opportunities at successful DBE companies. The program will track the success of these youths, through the services of our community partners.
Call Service and Training Centers
One of our innovative economic development initiatives is our Call Service and Training Center.
This program is structured to provide call center services for our diverse suppliers as an added business development resource. The center will provide critical jobs for the underemployed or unemployed within our Economic Empowerment Zones. In addition to jobs, the program is structured to provide critical business training to the participants in the program.
Emerging Entrepreneur Academy
This is a virtual Academy designed to assist small emerging diverse business owners within each Economic Empowerment Zone. The supplier leadership ambassador members along with other successful suppliers and our local corporate partners will serve as advisers and mentors.
These technical assistance programs will be provided on a bimonthly basis. The program promotes increased economic and business development value within our diverse business community. All of our corporate partners, diverse business enterprises, community partners and local leaders are encouraged to support the program.