University of Minnesota is very proud to announce the realignment of thresholds for which it requires majority owned businesses to engage women, minority, and business owned by disabled persons (WMDBEs) for sub contractual opportunities on University of Minnesota purchases. Prior to January 1, 2016 the thresholds for the engagement and utilization of WMDBEs for Goods and Services contracts was $500,000. The new Threshold for the engagement of WMDBEs is $50,000 for all University of Minnesota Goods and Service purchases. Under the new policy, the Targeted Business Program requires that a contractor, as a condition of bidding on any goods and service purchase where the aggregate project sum exceeds $50,000, present objective evidence demonstrating their commitment to achieve meaningful levels of participation of targeted businesses as subcontractors and suppliers.
The University of Minnesota Office for Business and Community Economic Development (BCED) is laser focused on increasing the utilization of WMDBEs in the University’s supply chain. In FY 2015 U of M’s total spend with WMDBE suppliers increased by $13 million dollars from $46 Million in FY 2014 to $59 Million in FY 2015. In construction, the University experienced a 14% increase and spent $43 Million dollars with WMDBE firms, up from $28 million in FY 2014.
“Lowering these thresholds aligns our policies and our mission. By reducing the threshold by $450,000, the number of opportunities for WMDBEs to do business University will increase dramatically.” said Darryl A. Peal, Executive Director of the University of Minnesota Office for Business and Community Economic Development.
The U of M Board of Regents (Board) supports the use of the purchasing power of the University of Minnesota (University) to enhance equal employment and business opportunities for minorities, women, and disabled persons. Consistent with the Board's long-standing policies and achievements in advancing diversity, equal employment opportunity, and affirmative action, the University is committed to promote actively the utilization of businesses owned and operated by minorities, women, and disabled persons (targeted businesses), and to prevent discriminatory practices against such businesses.
Consistent with the University's outreach and public service mission, it is appropriate that the University foster economic growth in the urban communities of which it is a part. Reduction of poverty and unemployment in the urban community is of vital interest to the University. The University shall take advantage of opportunities, presented by its construction projects and its contracts for goods and services, to promote the training and employment of urban community residents in skilled trades and professions.
The U of M thresholds and policies for construction will remain the same. The U of M’s Targeted Business Program for construction projects requires that a contractor, as a condition of bidding on any construction contract where the aggregate project sum exceeds $100,000, present objective evidence demonstrating: (1) its past record and continuing commitment to achieve meaningful levels of participation of targeted businesses (WMDBEs) as subcontractors and suppliers; and (2) its commitment to achieve meaningful levels of employment of minorities, women and disabled persons.
The Urban Community Economic Development program requires, as a condition of any construction contract where the aggregate project sum exceeds $100,000, that the contractor: (a) employ meaningful numbers of residents of urban communities, such communities designated by the administration based upon levels of poverty and unemployment; and (b) collaborate with the University in the development, funding and implementation of programs designed to train residents of such urban communities and to increase the number of such urban residents who are skilled and union-certified in building trades to participate in construction projects at the University.
If you are a WMDB and are interested in doing business with the University of Minnesota register for MBid by going to http://purchasing.umn.edu/mbid/login.html, choosing the New Supplier Registration Link and following the directions provided. You will be asked to provide certification as a WMDB by one of the following U of M recognized certifying organizations:
- Central Certification (CERT) Program
- National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (NMSDC)
- North Central Minority Supplier Development Council (NCMSDC)
- State of Minnesota Department of Administration
- U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
- Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
University of Minnesota Supplier Diversity Increasing Opportunities through Sustainable Strategies
On Monday, November 2, 2015 the University of Minnesota Office for Business & Community Economic Development held its Development Matchmaker and Awards Luncheon. The Business Development Matchmaker was designed to be informative and provide networking opportunities to strengthen collaborations between the University of Minnesota, Corporations and WMDBEs.
The University of Minnesota understands that Supplier Diversity is not a benevolence program, it is a business imperative and a sustainable community economic development strategy. Minority suppliers are the country's fastest growing business sector. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by the year 2020, the minority population will represent 34.4% of the total U.S. population. As the minority population continues to grow, those universities and corporations that embrace cultural diversity and change, and are responsive to their customers and communities will be the ones that thrive.
Local and State government officials, Corporate Partners and Woman, Minority and Disabled Business Enterprises (WMDBEs) supported the Business Development Matchmaker in large numbers. Additionally, national and international corporations who supply the university participated in the training and the workshops. The Coca-Cola Company was represented by Terrez Thompson, VP Global Supplier Diversity of Atlanta, GA and Karen Holt, Manager of Coca-Cola Public Affairs and Communications. Thompson not only participated in the matchmaker, she personally interviewed several WMBEs for possible supplier opportunities. Additionally, Aramark was represented by Jameel Rush, VP Global Supplier Diversity from Philadelphia, PA and Natily Santos, Regional Procurement Director of Philadelphia, PA both also traveled to University of Minnesota and participated and interviewed WMBEs.
“The university and our corporate partners benefited from participating in the matchmaker Members because it expanded relationships to the rapidly growing minority marketplace and we gained greater access to qualified suppliers to source, which increases competition, reduces cost and improves quality. As a result, this fosters a transactional relationship with key demographics which can lead to a stronger local economy, stated Darryl A. Peal, Executive Director of the Office for Business and Community Economic Development at the University of Minnesota.
Ralph G. Moore served as the workshop speaker for the workshop entitled How to Grow Your Supplier Diversity Program. Mr. Moore is the president of Ralph G. Moore & Associates and is recognized as one of the world’s foremost thought-leaders in the area of supplier diversity and minority business development.
Dr. Fred W. McKinney served as the Keynote Speaker at the Awards Luncheon. Dr. McKinney is the managing Director for MBE programs at Dartmouth University, Tuck School of Business. Dartmouth’s MBE program is the largest in the country operating at a major business school.
During the luncheon several business were recognized for their Supplier Diversity milestones and accomplishments. Graham Construction received the Stellar Award for General Contractor of the Year recognizing their commitment to Supplier Diversity through their dedication to compliance, participation in the Unifer Program testing and their continued support and commitment to WMBE firms.
Ideal Commercial Interiors (certified MBE) received the Stellar Award for Supplier of the Year recognizing their mentorship of WMBE’s and their contributions to the National Association of Minority Contractors.
McGough Construction received the Corporate Star Award for their outstanding leadership and commitment to Supplier Diversity through participation in the Unifier Program and partnering relationship with Tarraf Construction as well as their commitment to community outreach including support of over 20 local organizations.
Richard H. Pfutzenreuter Award of Excellence was awarded to Kevin Sullivan and recognizing their commitment to growing Supplier Diversity and commitment to compliance at the University of Minnesota. There were three recipients of the Office for Business Community Economic Development Executive Director’s Award of Excellence this year. The Association of Women Contractors was honored for their 20 years of service and contribution to the community as an advocate for the woman contractors in Minnesota.
Thor Construction was honored for their achievement of 35 years in business, for providing local job opportunities and for being a role model and an example of success to the minority community of Minneapolis.
Finally, The Minnesota Spokesman Recorder was honored for 81 years of service to the African American community. The Spokesman Recorder is one of the oldest minority owned businesses in the State of Minnesota and has been a tireless voice for the community.
BCED's Technology Empowerment Center named 2015 Tekne Award Finalist
The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) selected the University of Minnesota as a finalist for the coveted 2015 Tekne Award held on Wednesday, November 18 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The event was attended by representatives of OIT and BCED. This award is given to Minnesota's best and brightest technology users and developers in innovation, development, education, commercialization and management.
The Office for Business & Community Economic Development's Technology Empowerment Center was selected in the Collaboration for Community Impact category in recognition of the work being done in partnership with the Office of Information Technology (OIT) to close the digital divide and address the unmet technology needs of residents in North Minneapolis.
The "Collaboration for Community Impact" category recognizes a collaboration or partnership that demonstrates leadership, dedication and excellence in delivering an innovation to Minnesota while meeting an unmet community need. This product, service or innovative technology could assist an under served population or community, enhance quality or life, health or safety for the community at large, or promote an innovative job creation strategy. Two or more parties must also be involved. Other finalists in this category include the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs and Minnesota Compass.
Today, access to technology is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity to take advantage of opportunities for social and economic advancement. Yet, 35% of North Minneapolis households, approximately 30,000 families, have no access to the Internet. To address this problem, the University of Minnesota's Office for Business & Community Economic Development (BCED) and Office of Information Technology (OIT) collaborated to create the Technology Empowerment Center (TEC) to bring technology, training and other resources to underserved communities in North Minneapolis.
This program places computers with low-income families, provides technical support, teaches computer skills and offers training in computer repair.
Over the last four years, the TEC program has demonstrated its ability to deliver. Since 2012, it has educated over 5,500 students, placed over 1,400 computers, and touched an estimated 27,000 North Minneapolis residents.
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BCED Salutes Devean George
Ex-NBA Basketball Player Builds Affordable Housing in the Community
From the Finance & Commerce website, enjoy the video and read article below! Published November 27, 2012.
Former pro basketball player Devean George is building a 45-unit affordable apartment project just two blocks from where he grew up in north Minneapolis. Plans for the proposed Commons @ Penn Avenue project call for combining larger units with 4,500 square feet of commercial space for community services at the southwest corner of Penn Avenue North and Golden Valley Road.
“I just want to give back. I believe that I can help. I want to be able to be a resource,” George told Finance & Commerce on Monday. “We’re focusing on families. The majority of the units are two and three bedrooms.”
The Commons, which is currently under construction and should be complete in December, will house the 4,600 square foot store on the ground floor with hopes to be open in January 2016.
Although the co-op has a $500,000 federal grant for construction costs, the board is still soliciting members and raising money for the project. Full project costs are still to be determined.
The store, once opened, will focus on fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats which are not readily available in the North Minneapolis area which has been classified as a food desert by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The product mix will not be completely organic serving a mix of 60 percent conventional produce to 40 percent of organic.
Handling the construction for both the development and the store are Watson-Forsberg of Minneapolis and LHB Corporation of Minneapolis leading the design.
North Minneapolis remains a challenging environment for developers. According to city of Minneapolis statistics, there are currently 454 vacant lots and 435 vacant buildings in north Minneapolis.
The Commons @ Penn Avenue project would be developed by the nonprofit Building Blocks, an organization created by George, who is the president and founder of the Wayzata-based George Group North LLC.
George played at Augsburg College in Minneapolis and had an 11-year NBA career playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors. His NBA career ended after the 2009-2010 season. He began to get involved in real estate during his NBA career.
The George Group was a partner on Marketplace & Main, a recently completed 54-unit market-rate apartment project in downtown Hopkins.
City documents detail a project budget of $8.9 million for Commons @ Penn Avenue. Earlier this month, the city council approved a loan of up to $1.125 million from the city’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund for the project.
On Tuesday, the community development committee of the Minneapolis City Council will consider preliminary approval for issuing up to $5 million in housing revenue bonds to help finance the project. City staff is recommending approval. The full council ultimately has to vote on the issue.
Plans for Commons @ Penn Avenue call for 45 affordable apartments at the southwest corner of Penn Avenue North and Golden Valley Road in north Minneapolis. The site includes five parcels. (Staff photo: Bill Klotz)
The project calls for redeveloping five vacant parcels: 2201, 2221, 2217 and 2213 Golden Valley Road and 1823 Penn Ave. N. The city of Minneapolis owns two of the parcels (2201 Golden Valley Road and 1823 Penn Ave. N.); the rest are owned by the George Group.
According to the city’s staff report, the city has owned the site at 2201 Golden Valley Road since 1980 and the site at 1823 Penn Ave. N. since 1979.
“We think it’s a good project. It will help redevelop that corner,” said Wes Butler, manager of multifamily housing for the city’s Community Planning and Economic Development department.
“This is part of our rebuilding the north side strategy, getting some quality rental housing built,” Butler said.
Craig Slaughter, director of development for Building Blocks, said George’s group envisions the apartment project as the beginning of a larger redevelopment for the area.
“The intersection itself needs a lot of development. The corner is very crime-ridden. It’s a corner that needs a lot of attention,” Slaughter said. “We think we have a pretty solid project. We think it accomplishes a lot of the goals that the community would like to see.”
The site was once home to Cato’s Shrine, a well-known neighborhood club where George’s father worked.
“He spent a lot of time at the site as a kid. It’s something that’s real close to home to him to begin to give back to the community,” Slaughter said.
At the moment, there are only a few multifamily projects in the development pipeline for north Minneapolis; all of them are affordable projects. St. Paul-based CommonBond Communities is planning to develop the 53-unit West Broadway Curve at 2022 W. Broadway Ave. in Minneapolis. St. Paul-based Portico Interfaith Housing Collaborative is proposing Emerson North, 28 affordable units at 1800 Emerson Ave. N., but does not yet have financing.
Developer Steve Minn of Minneapolis-based Lupe Development Partners is part of a group that is proposing the 75-unit Broadway Flats at 2220 W. Broadway Ave. On Monday, Minn said he was expecting to submit a plan to the city in December for review.
“We’re going a little bit slower than we’d like,” Minn said. “Our goal would be to start in the fall of 2013.”
But one developer says demand for affordable units is clearly there.
Minneapolis-based nonprofit Alliance Housing Inc. completed the 46-unit Gateway Lofts in late 2011. The project is located at 2601 W. Broadway Ave. in north Minneapolis, a former gas station site.
Herb Frey, executive director of Alliance Housing, said the project filled up quickly: “It was full within two weeks.”
Now Frey is weighing plans for a new 38- to 40-unit project in north Minneapolis, to start construction in the spring of 2014. The project is being funded in part by the City of Minneapolis Affordable Housing Trust Fund, Hennepin County's Environmental Response Fund and tax-exempt housing revenue bonds.
Local MBE making a difference!
BCED Salutes Jamil Ford.
Mobilize Design Revitalizing North Minneapolis
Read the article from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Published Aug 29, 2014.
In North Minneapolis, Mobilize Design wants projects to make locals proud.
After being laid off at a previous job, Jamil Ford started Mobilize Design and Architecture four years ago to revitalize North Minneapolis one building at a time.
Ford and his business partner, David Witt, have worked on a number of projects in the neighborhood, including a bike shop, a 45-unit affordable housing development and the Minneapolis Public Schools’ West Broadway Avenue headquarters. MDA expects to pull in $260,000 in revenue this year, more than double the amount in 2013.
“A lot of properties in North Minneapolis get covered in paint — things that aren’t really focused on the better aesthetics you would have in other communities,” Ford said. “We wanted to make projects that really stand out and allow the residents and business owners to be proud of where they’re from and give them facilities they can look at and be proud of what’s happening. We want to be part of that change.”
Ford also has partnered with West Broadway Avenue-based Juxtaposition Arts, which employs and trains about 60 high school students, to teach them about architecture and urban planning. After attending North High School and growing up in the area, it’s just another way he hopes to give back. “I look like many of the people who live here. From a professional standpoint, I want the opportunity to allow youth, as well as people within the community, to see something that is really unheard of in terms of our profession in architecture,” Ford said.
Roger Cumming, Juxtaposition Arts’ artistic director, said Ford’s connection to North Minneapolis helps MDA work with local business and community groups. “They have a big impact. … They’re integrated into the community.”
This spring, MDA worked with real estate developer The Ackerberg Group to finish renovating the Hennepin County Human Services hub, a $5 million project on Plymouth Avenue that brings services like food assistance, drivers’ license renewals and social services closer to the families who use them. There are six hub facilities open or in the works.
Several years ago, the building was a cinderblock structure on the corner of Plymouth Avenue and Seventh Street. Now the 26,000-square-foot space has a light and airy feeling with skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows.
“They took a building that people had probably never even noticed and made it look [modern],” said Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins, who advocated for the project.
MDA is currently working with Ryan Cos. US Inc. to design skyways for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium and is in talks to help renovate several schools in Minneapolis.
Looking ahead, Ford says he hopes to work on larger development projects involving swaths of the community instead of on one building at a time.
African American women are taking care of business. The fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in America
Read the article from the Fortune website. Published June 29, 2015.
A new report finds that the number of women-owned firms grew 1.5 times the national average, and black women blow that statistic away.
The number of businesses owned by African American women grew 322% since 1997, making black females the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the U.S.
Overall, the number of women-owned businesses grew by 74% between 1997 and 2015—a rate that’s 1.5 times the national average, according to the recently published “2015 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report” commissioned by American Express Open. Women now own 30% of all businesses in the U.S., accounting for some 9.4 million firms. And African American women control 14% of these companies, or an estimated 1.3 million businesses. That figure is larger than the total number of firms owned by all minority women in 1997, the report found.
“The only bright spot in recent years with respect to privately-held company job growth has been among women-owned firms,” according to the report. These businesses have added an estimated 340,000 jobs to the economy since 2007, while employment at companies owned by men (or with equally shared ownership) has declined.
None of this surprises Margot Dorfman, CEO of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Her organization has seen an uptick in membership from black women entrepreneurs.
“We attribute the growth in women-owned firms to the lack of fair pay, fair promotion, and family-friendly policies found in corporate America,” she said. “Women of color, when you look at the statistics, are impacted more significantly by all of the negative factors that women face. It’s not surprising that they have chosen to invest in themselves.”
The highest concentrations of black woman-owned businesses are in Georgia, Maryland, and Illinois, but African American women are launching companies in growing numbers across the country. In Detroit, where city leaders, foundations, and even President Obama have promoted entrepreneurship as an economic development tool, a tiny nonprofit is making outsize efforts at helping black women become business owners. Since it was formed in 2012, the Build Institute has graduated nearly 600 students from its eight-week courses, which teach the basics of starting and running a business, including such topics as money management and how to determine your break-even point. Nearly 70% of those students are women, and 60% of them identify as a member of a minority group.
“Our typical participant is an African-American woman,” said April Boyle, the group’s executive director. “It was very intentional from the very beginning to be inclusive, because when we started we saw a gap. There was a lot of attention on high-scale, high-growth technology companies but not a lot of support for community and Main Street entrepreneurs. I’m now seeing this pipeline of people getting their feet wet with a bakery or craft entrepreneurship, and it’s whetting their taste buds and really helping them to understand how to build companies and create wealth.”
Danielle Smith launched Detroit Maid in 2013 after she couldn’t find a cleaning service that was willing to take work assignments in Detroit. “Firms that were just two or three miles away in the suburbs wouldn’t come into the city. It made me angry,” she said. “And I was sure I wasn’t the only Detroiter who wanted some kind of basic service.”
So the self-described neat freak opened a cleaning service. Smith said it was scary going out on her own after working in corporate America as a brand and marketing executive, but she derived strength from the Build Institute and her parents, who owned a pizza shop when she was growing up.
“My brothers and I did everything from bus tables to pour coffee,” Smith said. “I learned a lot about entrepreneurs: the good stuff, the bad stuff, the ugly stuff.”
For its part, the Build Institute taught Smith the “technical stuff” and gave her advice on how to market and brand her services, including creating a special 40-point checklist she calls the “maid-ifesto” to help customers understand what goes into a basic cleaning. Making that simple and understandable has helped with clients, she said.
Smith’s first customer was Paramount Pictures, which was in Detroit filming Transformers: Age of Extinction. The company found her through a Google search and asked Smith to put together a proposal. She did and got the contract. Since then, she has hired four part-time employees and has worked on nearly 300 accounts, both commercial and residential, and is looking at revenue of approximately $80,000 in 2015, more than double last year.
Smith is unusual among entrepreneurs of any race or gender in that she employs more than just herself. Just 10% of women-owned businesses, and approximately 20% of men-owned firms, have employees. Firms owned by women employ just 6% of the country’s workforce, according to the American Express report. Firms owned by African American women tend to be smaller than average and have lower employment growth.
That’s of serious concern to Carla Walker Miller, whose Detroit-based Walker Miller Energy Services employs 43 people and expects revenues of $7 million this year. She wants to see more women focusing on growth businesses, and on supporting themselves and their communities.
“We face an incredibly steep incline trying to do two things: one is just to be successful, and the other is to create wealth,” she said. “There is a glut of woman-owned businesses who are kind of mid-range. They support themselves, but they aren’t on a high-growth trajectory.”
University of Minnesota is changing lives through Minority health disparities research
Since 2007 the University of Minnesota’s Office for Business & Community Economic Development (BCED) has offered the Community Health Initiative (CHI), which is funded through a partnership between BCED and Medica. CHI provides resources for community-based nonprofit organizations & businesses that impact public health, social services, medicine and medical technology. CHI addresses health disparities and socioeconomic issues by supporting underrepresented communities and groups, such as people of color and University of Minnesota students. This is achieved through Scholarships, Student Consulting Projects, Community Internships and providing funding for Public Health Disparities Research Projects.
Impacting Students And The Community Through CHI Funding
Each year CHI funds $159K in Student Scholarships, $146K in Student Consulting Projects and Community Internships and between $20-30K in health disparities research. In 2014/2015, BCED invested over $35K in two separate research projects. BCED collaborates with academic faculty and staff from the schools of Public Health, Social Work and the Medical School as well as other University of Minnesota graduate colleges and departments to ensure our students have the opportunity to utilize their skills, knowledge and gain valuable experience through community outreach and engagement. In 2015 alone, 54 graduate students with a combined 9,670 hours impacted the work of 38 twin cities nonprofits and businesses through spring & fall consulting projects and summer internships.
CHI Empowers The Community Through Faculty Driven Research
Spanning July 2014 – July 2015, BCED, Turning Point, Inc., and the University of Minnesota’s Program in Health Disparities Research (PHDR), collaborated on a community health disparities research project. BCED invested more than $15K in this research project, which operationalized University of Minnesota resources to bring together key individuals from each organization to share and produce knowledge, analyze research, and report on documented findings. Management and guidance for the project was provided by BCED Executive Director, Darryl A. Peal and CHI Program Manager Nedy Windham. In partnership with the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, PHDR researchers, Dr. Kola Okuyemi, Dr. Olamide Ojo-Fati served as the lead faculty researchers and were responsible for leading the research analysis, creating the written product, and carrying out project objectives. CHI Program Additionally, CHI Coordinator Amanda Swygard assisted in all aspects of the research, analysis and the writing of the final document. The University of Minnesota faculty and program coordinator was assisted by Turning Point, Inc. project team of Chief Operation Officer Elizabeth Reed and Director Angela Reed.
Turning Point is a chemical dependency treatment nonprofit that has been located in and working with the North Minneapolis community for nearly 40 years. Turning Point’s treatment program is culturally specific to the main population they treat: urban African American men who often face issues like poverty, homelessness, and other mental health concerns on top of their substance abuse. The organization also provides mental health treatment, life skills coaching, employment and education counseling, and outreach and prevention services that focus on HIV/AIDS and other STDs.
The goal of the Turning Point CHI research project was to produce a final Best Practices report linking Turning Point practices to published literature, widely studied theories and models, and specific cultural values. This report serves as a resource for Turning Point to share their culturally specific programming with other organizations working with similar populations. It also serves as a benchmark for future evaluation and validation studies.
Another CHI research study was launched in fall 2014 and concluding in spring of 2015 explored a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practice as an effective health intervention in the African American community. BCED invested $20K in this research project. The collaboration with North Minneapolis based The ANIKA Foundation - Robbins Urban Wellness Retreat included faculty and staff from BCED, Program in Health Disparities Research, University of Minnesota Medical School and Dr. Susan Everson-Rose (Academic Research Advisor) and Priya Balaji (Graduate Student Research Assistant). The study “From the Heart – A Mindful Total Wellness Intervention Model for the African American” examined feasibility of an MBSR program within a sample of 48 African American women in the Twin Cities to evaluate whether mindfulness practices (i.e., deep breathing, stretching, yoga and meditation, etc…) reduce stress, improve mood, increase quality of life, and improve adherence to a healthy lifestyle program.
CHI Making A Difference In the Twin Cities
CHI continues to impact underrepresented diverse groups and persons of color through student consulting projects and internships that directly affect the lives of the residents in those communities. Some organizations that have been impacted by CHI participation include African Challenges Corporation, Isuroon, Native American Community Clinic, PPL, MVNA, WellShare International, Seton Prenatal Clinic, Community Dental Care, Project Sweetie Pie, Simpson Housing, Evolve Adoption & Family Services, Phillips Eye Institute, Rainbow Health Initiative, Walk-In Counseling Center, Open Cities Health Center, Northside Residents Redevelopment Council, Minneapolis Public Schools Nutrition Services, Waite House, Brian Coyle Community Center and Neighborhood House.