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About us

The BEAM Difference

Our Vision is to create a thriving business environment powered by the strength of our Black community.

Racial Disparities Have Had Dramatic Consequences in Our Region

Black adults in Pitts- burgh have higher mortality rate than 98% of similar cities

Bottom 15% for Black employment

More Black children grow up in poverty than 95% of similar cities

Introducing BEAM

A strategic, collaborative business solutions approach.

BEAM facilitates industry partnerships to advance community wealth.

We do this by collaborating with you and our portfolio of companies to craft strategic solutions that add value to your business.


Our Mission is to develop scalable industry solutions to advance Black multi-generational wealth

Companies joining our portfolio are;


Established businesses

  • 3 or more years in business


Job Creators

  • In an industry and have a commitment to hire people of color


Able to create a supply chain

  • Commitment to use minority vendors


High potential leaders

  • In high potential industries
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Collaborative approach

BEAM is changing the game, by partnering corporations and suppliers to collaborate for greater success.


According to McKinsey, companies that regularly collaborated with suppliers demonstrated higher growth, lower operating costs, and greater profitability.


Four "core" strategies

Build businesses that match Anchors needs


Black-owned business development process



Meet with owner to determine engagement process


Leadership team

Meet with leadership team & strategic partners (ie. senior leaders, professional service partners, partial owners, etc.)


Strategic planning

Triage current challenges, determine strategic direction, and prioritize objectives



Begin work with clearly defined outcomes and timeline


Measure and adjust

Continuous advising and sustained monitoring as the business begins to achieve results

Our board

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Will Allen

Chair / Co-Founder of BEAM

Magarac Venture Partners

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Angela Blanton

Chief Financial Officer

Carnegie Mellon University


Blayre Britton


CDI Printing

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Robert Cherry

Chief Executive Officer


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Jason Hazelwood

Managing Director

Reed Smith

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Majestic Lane

Chief Equity Officer

Allegheny Conference on Community Development

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David Malone

Chairman and CEO

Gateway Financial


Tricia Warrick

Vice-Chair / Co-Founder of BEAM

Vistage Worldwide

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Shon Yates

Managing Director and Chief Procurement Officer

Duquesne Light