• Share best practices on how to develop minority-, women-, and locally owned businesses and build capacity within a disadvantaged and underdeveloped segment of our business community.

Year One Progress: Continued to share best practices with BLocal partners.

  • BGE has created a capacity-building program, Focus 25, that affects and enhances development of regional minority businesses to create scalable, regionally centered, diverse suppliers for BGE. The core purpose and objectives are to support Maryland’s economic development, assess diverse supplier capacities to make available curriculum and coaching support, provide a forum for sharing small business best practices, recognize and leverage the diversity brand as a competitive advantage, and add to smaller firms’ ability to compete.

Year One Progress: Continued to support businesses through Focus 25 and hosted the 2017 Focus 25 Supplier Diversity Academy’s Networking Reception in January at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. The event brought together Focus 25 participants, BLocal partners, BGE/Exelon Corporation, elected officials, advocacy groups, and other community partners.

  • Commit to a supplier diversity goal equal to 23% of BGE’s 2016 total procurable spend (22%, or $185 million, in 2015).

Year One Progress: Purchased $257 million in goods and services, or 26 percent of total supply managed spend, with diversity-certified suppliers nationally, an increase of 3 percent compared to the BLocal commitment. Spent $75 million with diversity-certified suppliers in Maryland and $43 million with diversity-certified suppliers in Baltimore City.

  • Partner with BLocal partners to share best practices on ways to increase diversity spend in all organizations.

Year One Progress: Continued to share best practices with BLocal partners.

About BGE

BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation’s first gas utility, is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility. Headquartered in Baltimore, BGE delivers power to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,200 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship, and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation.


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Anita Jackson
Chief of Staff

Frank Kelly
Diverse Business Enablement Manager

Kristen Walsh
Senior Business Project Manager