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About us

The BEAM Difference

BEAM is a nonprofit that strategically sources minority-owned businesses, with an emphasis on creating supply chains and employment for the community.

Our mission is to create generational wealth in the local community through business growth.

BEAM's portfolio companies are Best-in-Class Pittsburgh-based suppliers:

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Established Businesses

  • 3+ years in business, with the capacity to grow

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Job Creators

  • Committed to inclusive growth and hiring other minorities

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High Potential Leaders

  • Who serve high-potential industries

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Able to Create a Supply Chain of Their Own

  • Committed to using minority vendors to grow

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Strategic and Customer-Oriented

  • Resulting from BEAM's business health assessments, rigorous strategic planning, risk management and coaching services 
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Collaborative approach

Historically, Buyer-Supplier relationships are transactional and at times even adversarial. BEAM is changing the game, by partnering with 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.

*https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/operations/our-insights/taking-supplier-collaboration-to-the-next-level

Four "core" strategies

Build businesses that match anchors needs

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MWDBE business development process

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Owner

Meet with owner to determine engagement process

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Leadership team

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

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Strategic planning

Triage current challenges, determine strategic direction, and prioritize objectives

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Implementation

Begin work with clearly defined outcomes and timeline

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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

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Blayre Britton

President

CDI Printing

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Robert Cherry

Chief Executive Officer

Partner4Work

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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

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Tricia Warrick

Vice-Chair / Co-Founder of BEAM

Vistage Worldwide

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Shon Yates

Executive Vice President of Energy and Utilities

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