The program will support black providers 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 have these supplier companies bound by contracts. Under the National Black Supplier Development Program, the partners said they have selected 15 black-owned supplier businesses for this phase, 60 percent of which are based in Detroit.

“Not only will this program provide access to corporate-to-business opportunities, business-to-business opportunities and government-to-business opportunities, but it’s really a platform for that internal network as well,” said Ken Harris, president and CEO of National Business league. He added that an ecosystem would be created where significant black-owned companies could contract with small black-owned businesses.

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