Economic Empowerment

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). Through our Supplier Leadership Ambassadors committee, suppliers, small and large, are being mobilized to provide specific programs to encourage positive economic outcomes. In doing so, we create a mechanism designed to produce a synergistic result by aggregating and focusing the economic resources available in the community. 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 Includes

• El Cajon
• Escondido / San Marcos
• Lemon Grove / SE San Diego
• National City / Imperial Beach
• Vista / Oceanside

We are seeking funding from the corporate community, foundations, regional agencies and our diverse suppliers to support this initiative. The programs 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. We teach them key fundamental structures, business plan development, industry knowledge and systems models that will give them a jump start. Learn more…

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. They will learn about customer service, leadership, communications, conflict management, entrepreneurship, etc. the participants will get exposure to our diverse business owners and corporate partners, by attending our Council events. Graduates of the program will be referred for opportunities to work with our suppliers, corporate partners and other regional businesses. We will leverage state, county and local city agency programs help support our workforce and business development activities. We have many suppliers who have demonstrated their interest in giving back to the communities they live and work in. The Supplier Leadership Ambassador’s will lead the way in generating economic value within our Economic Empowerment Zones. Learn more…

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 meeting agenda includes:

– An Update on the Economic Activity Within the EEZ
– Experienced Business Speakers
– An Advisory Roundtable Session
– Networking Reception

The Emerging Entrepreneur Academy will promote increase 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 this program. These academies will be held at the facilities of local suppliers and corporate partners. For more information contact us at (858) 537-2281 or info@supplierdiversitysd.org