The program will support black suppliers through education, networking

The National Business League and automaker Stellantis announced Tuesday that they are partnering to launch an inaugural program to develop and support black-owned supplier companies through education, connections and resources.

The goal is to eventually bind these supplier companies with contracts. According to the National Black Supplier Development Program, the partners said they have selected 15 black-owned supplier businesses for this phase, 60% of which are located in Detroit.

“This program will not only provide corporate-to-business opportunities, business-to-business opportunities, and government-to-business opportunities, but it’s really a platform for that internal networking as well,” said Ken Harris, president and CEO of Lidha. National Business. He added that an ecosystem will be created in which significant black-owned companies can contract with black-owned small businesses.

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