NKU joins Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's Minority Business Accelerator program

For immediate release…
Monday – Sept. 2, 2014

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. –
Northern Kentucky University has joined the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Minority Business Accelerator Goal Setters program. Goal Setters are local corporations and nonprofit organizations that commit to an annual spend goal with a diverse group of suppliers.

Earlier this year, it was announced that in 2013, 36 Goal Setters spent $1.04 billion with local minority-owned companies, the highest-level in the program’s 11-year history. NKU’s pledge brings the number of current MBA Goal Setters to 41; the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority and Skanska USA joined in early June.

Additionally, NKU becomes the fifth regional academic institution to join the Minority Business Accelerator as a Goal Setter, joining Cincinnati State Community & Technical College, Miami University, University of Cincinnati, and Xavier University.

“We are proud to join the Minority Business Accelerator Goal Setter program,” said NKU President Geoffrey S. Mearns. “NKU values inclusion in all of our endeavors, including our procurement. Today’s announcement is another example of our commitment to inclusiveness as one of the university’s core values.”

“The addition of NKU as a Goal Setter is further proof of their growth as an institution and their commitment to the communities they serve,” said Crystal German, vice president of economic inclusion for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. “Together, we will be increasing the amount of business exposure we receive from both sides of the Ohio River,” Ms. German added.

MBA Corporate Goal Setters
Al. Neyer
American Red Cross
ArtsWave
Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati Bell
Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC)
Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati State Community & Technical College
Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Cintas
City Gospel Mission
Dinsmore & Shohl
Duke Energy
Ethicon Endo-Surgery
Fidelity Investments
Fifth Third Bank
Macy's Inc.
Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners)
Messer Construction Co.
Metro
Miami University
Monarch Construction
Northern Kentucky University
PNC Bank
Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority
Procter & Gamble
Skanska
The Christ Hospital
The Kroger Co.
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America
Turner Construction Co.
U.S. Bank
United Way of Greater Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Uptown Consortium
Urban League of Greater Cincinnati
Viox Services
Xavier University

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