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Vendor Acceleration Program

Johns Hopkins University, in conjunction with the Surdna Foundation, has launched an initiative to support Baltimore City based minority and women owned business. The objective of the program is to provide established MBEs and WBEs with technical assistance to increase their ability to meet the purchasing needs of large area employers like JHU. Through this program, a competitively selected group of companies will receive professional advisory support from Next Street Financial (, a modern merchant bank that serves small and medium sized businesses. The program will focus on helping the selected businesses evaluate new products and services that meet identified market needs— with a specific focus on the purchasing needs of large Baltimore City employers.

In order to be considered for selection in this program, interested businesses must meet the following qualifying criteria:
  • Be a minority and/or women owned enterprise
  • Generate at least $500,000 in annual gross revenue
  • Be headquartered in Baltimore city (or have a location in Baltimore City that meets the above revenue criteria)

Thank you for your interest in applying for the program. The application can be completed in 15 to 20 minutes.

Information submitted in this application will be used for the purposes of selecting program participants and will be reviewed only by Johns Hopkins University, Next Street and the Surdna Foundation. The information may also be retained by Johns Hopkins University’s for future business opportunities.
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