The day kicked off with remarks from Will Englehart, the leader of Clark’s Baltimore office, who welcomed the group and provided insight into Clark’s commitment to the small business community. “Here in Baltimore — and in all of the markets where Clark builds — we’ve made a commitment [called SDBE15] to achieve a minimum 15% participation from small and diverse businesses on every project that does not have a prescribed small business goal,” he said.
In order to achieve that 15% goal, Clark created SDBX as a platform to build connections and foster relationships. Since launching SDBE15, Clark has awarded over $500 million with local small businesses in the region. SDBE15 and SDBX are deliberate investments in the future of the industry.
SDBX attendees had the opportunity to network with other small and diverse businesses and hear from individuals who have grown their business by completing Clark’s Strategic Partnership Program, an executive development program for small and diverse leaders offered in Baltimore and other regions across the country.
“Our roots and history in Baltimore run deep," said Robby Moser, Chief Executive Officer of Clark Construction Group. "We have been building in this market for more than 40 years. Our SDBX event shows our commitment to deepening our investment in both the region and in creating meaningful economic opportunities for small and diverse businesses here.”