The value of business partnerships is reflected in the success of our Five Forward Initiative. The Mission of Five Forward is to engage the corporate community in our common goal of strengthening our economy and enhance job creation by supporting a stronger Chicagoland MBE Community.
The vision of Five Forward is to increase the number of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) of scale and to create jobs in communities of color.
The program is strengthened by partnering with other advocacy organization and public sector alliances with similar missions and objectives. This ensures that local minority business growth is an integral part of a larger coordinated regional economic development process and that a collaborative program is developed across nonprofits and governmental agencies for early stage inclusion of minority firms in
regional business opportunities.
The objectives of Five Forward are twofold: 1) Strengthen the regional and local economy; and 2) Support development of minority business of scale.
Chicago United has collected and analyze data to measure the impact of Five Forward since its inception. Here are some highlights:
The Chicago United Five Forward Initiative is produced in part through funding provided by:
The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States – communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures. Learn more at www.surdna.org.
Five Forward Committed Companies (as of August 2016)