CINCINNATI, OH – The African American Chamber graduated its second Sudduth Society class by introducing the six participating companies to procurement and supplier diversity professionals from prominent regional firms.
The Sudduth Society is a 15-week business hyper-growth program. It helps existing businesses build capacity to become the region’s next set of high-growth, minority-led businesses. Sudduth has also evolved into an accelerator for minority-led tech startups. Classes meet for 90-minutes weekly to learn from and collaborate with subject matter experts on key business topics that significantly impact success.
Graduates from the program have gone on to earn five-figure state contracts, close new contracts through relationships built during the program, and raise tens of thousands of dollars in capital to support their growth.
Thanks to the City of Cincinnati and other partners including; Dinsmore & Shohl, the Cincinnati Minority Business Assistance Center, and the University of Cincinnati for supporting the program for the following graduates:
The Royal Maids, LLC.,a full services woman-owned commercial cleaning company, specializing in general commercial, office buildings, places of worship, car dealership and more.
Advanced Mechanical Insulators LLC (AMI), a commercial and industrial insulating company whose services include, mechanical insulation, fire stopping, sound proofing and specialty fabrications required in custom mechanical insulation installations.
Heartland Realty Group LLC, a full service real estate firm. Services include traditional real estate, foreclosures and short sales, building Investor Portfolios, New Construction, Senior Housing, Military Relocation and Staging services.
Vanda, a more intelligent mobile solution for connecting people to meaningful careers.
Venture Healthcare Solutions (VHS), a market leader, providing healthcare information technology consulting to the international marketplace. Services include implementation, training, support and optimization of all EHR systems, while also offering specialty services like integration and testing, go-live support, revenue cycle conciliation and more.
Whistle, a mobile app that instantly connects users to people nearby during an emergency.
“The Sudduth Society is our mission in action,” explains AAC President Eric Kearney. “Connecting these companies to procurement partners like State of Ohio, Premiere Health, Messer Construction, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, and the City of Cincinnati is a win-win. We deliver highly qualified and vetted minority enterprises to regional companies with diversity and inclusion procurement strategies.”
In regard to the City’s participation Oscar Bedolla, Director, Dept. of Community and Economic Development expressed that “DCED is committed to supporting minority-owned businesses and values the work of the AAC and Square1 in increasing the capacity of the Sudduth Program participants. The products and services presented at the Pitch Day demonstrated strengths of both our Main Street businesses and innovative small businesses alike.”
Keith Schneider, President of SQUARE1 and Sudduth’s program management partner describes the program as beginning with the end in mind. “We invite the procurement teams of well-established Greater Cincinnati companies to mentor the participants throughout the program enabling a future procurement relationship.”
The program concludes with a Pitch Day allowing the Candidates to present directly to dozens of procurement professionals, investors, and partners giving direct access to new clients and opportunities.
Seeking Applicants for 3rd Class
The African American Chamber is looking for a new group of up to 12 companies to participate in the third class. Participants have ranged from commercial services business to tech startups. “We want growth-oriented, business to business or business to government companies that we can help overcome the obstacles impeding their growth,” says Kearney.
Applications are due by 5PM on February 13th with decisions announced that same week. Classes will begin in late February with the time and day being customized to suit the selected participants. There is a program fee that includes an African American Chamber membership. For more information and to apply please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Chamber at 513-751-9900.
About The Sudduth Society
The program is named after Horace Sudduth, a successful Cincinnati African American businessman in the early 1900’s. A strong supporter of progressive business thinking, Sudduth owned the Manse Hotel, a prominent area hotel known for hosting influential African American visitors such as Sammy Davis Jr. Sudduth also served as president of the Industrial Federal Savings & Loan Association, the National Negro Business League, and the New Orphanage for Colored Children of Cincinnati, among other civic organizations.
About the African American Chamber
The Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce is the largest African American Chambers in the State of Ohio. We are as committed to inclusion as we are to business development; and as focused on advocacy as we are on building capacity. We will leverage regional partnerships and collaboration with organizations and supplier diversity and inclusion experts to empower your business to succeed.
SQUARE1, Inc. is an entrepreneurial education and business accelerator services nonprofit providing resources to a broad range of individuals interested in turning ideas and research into business startups. The mission is to work collaboratively to grow the ecosystem that supports their efforts. This revolves around educational opportunities and the optimization of resources to better support individuals seeking to improve their personal situations or contribute to the growth of our community through new business creation.
Keith Schneider Eric Kearney
President, SQUARE1, Inc. President, African American Chamber