Small Businesses on Equal Ground
At Howard S. Wright, we recognize that our success depends on the development, opportunity, and inclusion of a full range of human resources. We strive to be a relentless ally for the successful and sustained growth of diverse small businesses and of a diverse workforce.
It is a Company objective to offer small businesses an opportunity to compete on an equal basis with all other bidders. In addition, Howard S. Wright will assist in developing and strengthening small businesses through strategies such as mentoring, strategic alliances, and consistent community engagement.
Our overall company goal is to have a positive effect on the quality of life in the business communities where we work and live. Howard S. Wright strives for the successful inclusion of local small businesses and of a diverse workforce in all Howard S. Wright projects.
SMALL BUSINESS – a Definition
For the purpose of this company objective, a SMALL BUSINESS is a business that is a certified small business by a recognized national, state, or local business certification authority. This is inclusive of minority-owned business enterprises, women-owned business enterprises, emerging small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, and veteran owned small businesses.
Howard S. Wright’s Inclusion Playbook – We Have a Plan
- Company-wide small business inclusion initiative.
- Good relationship building requires really getting to know our partners.
- Understand the ethnic makeup of project community.
- Understand what industry groups are available to assist.
- Track utilization on all projects.
- Develop project buyout strategy.
Howard S. Wright is the founder of the Executive Roundtable which is a peer group of small business owners and Howard S. Wright leaders. The objective is to build sustained business relationships between the small business partners and Howard S. Wright, and to expand the capacity of small business partners in the marketplace.
Howard S. Wright values being an active member of the communities where we live and do business. Examples of community organizations in which we volunteer and support are:
- Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs
- Local chapters of the National Association of Minority Contractors
- Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- National Association of Women in Construction
- National Minority Supplier Development Council
- Local Food Banks
- Ace Mentor Program
- American Heart Association
- Medical Teams International