The Ascend Regional Program began as a pilot program in 2021. The current cohort began on January 1, 2023. The program offers a unique two-year program designed to further increase the business and contract opportunities of its participating MBE cohorts.
Connecting Market Ready MBES to New Opportunities and Business Relationships
Participating MBEs match with owners, prime contractors and Tier 1 subcontractors with available contract opportunities. The Program prepares firms to strategically navigate new direct opportunities as well as those identified through sub-contracting, teaming and joint ventures. The program serves the high growth area of construction, including architecture, engineering, facility maintenance and related professional services and works within several market sectors, including aviation, transportation, infrastructure, energy, healthcare and housing
POWERED BY A NEW APPROACH TO BUILDING BUSINESS
Businesses owned by people of color are invited to participate in a new program designed to match market-ready firms with owners, prime contractors and Tier 1 subcontractors with available contract opportunities. The Program will prepare firms to strategically navigate new direct opportunities as well as those identified through sub-contracting, teaming and joint ventures.
BREAKING NEW GROUND FOR BUILDING BUSINESS CAPACITY
Ascend [ www.ascendcities.com ] is a national initiative composed of local business support networks that is providing businesses with personalized growth strategies. The focus of Ascend is to grow 500 more multi-million dollar firms owned by people of color in the next three years.
The Ascend Regional Program: NY-NJ-LI will facilitate business growth for MBEs who are market ready and will benefit from a new approach to connecting to direct contract opportunities.