Economic Opportunity
178 Area Businesses Participate in Inner City Capital Connections Program
In September, we exceeded our target and set a record among KP markets, recruiting 178 Baltimore and Washington, DC, area small and medium-sized businesses into the Kaiser Permanente sponsored Inner-City Capital Connections program. The program offers tuition-free executive leadership training, education, and mentorship for small-business owners in communities experiencing economic injustice. Two 2020 cohorts included 93 businesses in Washington, DC and 85 in Baltimore, notably, with 88.5% of participating business owners identifying as people of color. Kaiser Permanente Regional President Ruth Williams-Brinkley and Vice President Jill Feldon kicked off the 3-month long learning intensive, which culminated in a virtual convention of participants from across the country in early December. Participating businesses included:
  • A local staffing agency that is now assisting Kaiser Permanente to find the brightest minds in health care.
  • A construction company that is working with our partners at Bon Secours Community Works to build the Future Baltimore community resource center.
  • A children’s medical care provider that plays a vital role in the health care safety net in Northern Virginia and offers dental care.
  • A graduate of our Future Baltimore Incubator Without Walls program (https://www.ledcmetro.org/futurebaltimore) that is expanding childcare.
  • A local bakery and workforce development company that is helping to train and develop women who need a second chance by gaining self-confidence, new skills, and experience.
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