GCP Equity & Inclusion develops minority-owned businesses to increase the total revenue, value, size, and number of employees for minority-owned businesses in our region.

Business Growth Collaborative

The Business Growth Collaborative (BGC) is a partnership of ten technical assistance organizations that provide services to minority-owned businesses. The service delivery system can be difficult for clients to navigate, and as a result, these organizations are working closely for greater success. BGC members are simplifying the process of connecting entrepreneurs of color to resources that will grow their businesses.

networkingThe Marketplace 

The Marketplace is an online portal connecting minority-owned businesses (MBEs) with demand for goods and services. It is a virtual space that serves as a searchable database of MBEs allowing buyers and suppliers to accelerate each of their respective activities. 

Boardroom to Boardroom 

Boardroom to Boardroom connects minority-owned businesses with expertise from local executives in their industry. In a boardroom session, the minority business and a consulting firm present a report to CEOs for strategic guidance. If you are interested in this opportunity, please take a few minutes to fill out this survey.

Past Sessions:


  • July 23, 2019
    Host: Marc Byrnes, Oswald
    Consultants: EY
  • March 20, 2019
    Host: Rick Chiricosta, Medical Mutual
    Consultants: Meaden & Moore
    Advisors From: Cleveland Cavaliers, NASA Glenn Research Center, Adcom, Bernie Moreno Companies, Tarkett, Vertex Computer Systems


  • August 10, 2018
    Host: Akram Boutros, MetroHealth Systems
    Consultants: Cohen & Company
    Advisors From: Cleveland Clinic, Dix & Eaton, Project Management Consultants, Tri-C, Oswald, NEOMED
  • January 30, 2018
    Host: Tom Zenty, University Hospitals
    Consultants: BDO
    Advisors From: SmartShape, Early Stage Partners, Fairmount Santrol, ZIN Technologies


  • September 8, 2017
    Host: Jerry Kelsheimer, Fifth Third Bank
    Consultants: EY
    Advisors From: PolyOne, Paro Services Co., BDO, Signet Capital Advisors, Adaptive Knowledge Institute, The Presidents’ Council
  • March 5, 2017
    Host: Paul Clark, PNC Bank
    Consultants: Accenture
    Advisors From: Dix & Eaton, University Hospitals, Oswald, Taylor Oswald

Member Benefits

GCP members are committed to using self-directed best efforts to create implement and achieve diversity and inclusion goals within their organizations. As assistance, the GCP offers its member several benefits and resources to help them develop goals and produce measurable results.

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