Clark's SDBX program helps prepare growing companies for new opportunities.
Small and diverse businesses play an important role in the successful delivery of Clark projects. In recognition of this impact on our work and industry, Clark launched the Small and Diverse Business Expo (SDBX) series in 2022 to help prepare and position emerging companies for growth in markets across the country. These events create a platform for small and diverse businesses to understand Clark’s small business commitments, the company’s procurement process, and federal, state, and local procedures for gaining certification in each jurisdiction.
Building on the success and framework established in Washington, DC, in 2022, Clark expanded SDBX to Houston, Nashville, and Baltimore in 2023.
In Houston, the expo took place in the city’s historic innovation district where Clark leaders shared details about upcoming project opportunities with the 200 attendees. Small businesses also learned about the Strategic Partnership Program (SPP), the company’s longstanding executive MBA-style training for small and emerging business leaders, that will kick off its inaugural cohort in Houston this October.
In Nashville, 300 diverse small businesses attended breakout sessions to gain insights from a professional advisory panel of bonding, construction law, insurance, and banking experts. They also met with local certifying agency leaders representing the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Nashville Government, and the Governor's Office of Diversity Business Enterprise.
In Baltimore, the expo kicked off with remarks from city officials. The event featured an exhibition and resource fair with prime trade contractors, local certifying and assistance agencies, and professional service advisors who focused on banking and insurance.
Following each SDBX event, small businesses are invited to connect with Clark’s Subcontractor Development Group for an assessment of their firm and proposed next steps, which can include participation in upcoming bid opportunities or SPP.
Clark’s expansion of its SDBX events reaffirms the company's commitment to fostering inclusive growth.