Working with builders, engineers, architects and designers from disadvantaged businesses is critical to success. Only associating professionally with people from similar backgrounds is a great way to stagnate in the AEC industry. That’s why we consciously and proactively try to build relationships with firms of all types, backgrounds and makeups.
Mead & Hunt recently attended an AEC firm matchmaking event in Columbus, Ohio. The event focused on pairing Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE) consulting and engineering firms with prime consulting firms. The goal of this event was to allow all participating firms to network, find new opportunities, and expand business.
While on the surface it may seem that the main purpose of this event is to help DBE and EDGE firms by giving them the opportunity to work with prime consulting firms, in truth the benefit goes both ways. It is just as important for prime consulting firms to have this opportunity to expand their professional network.
The benefits of this intentional networking goes beyond the realm of our professional success: cultivating a wide breadth of experience in those who create the built environments we all have to live in is crucial to the continued vitality of our communities. With diversity of experience comes innovation, new and unique solutions to tough challenges. Varying perspectives hold tremendous value and deserve to be heard. Our communities are not homogenous—our community builders shouldn’t be either.
We are proud to participate in events like these, and we will continue to do so. It is vital to the continued success of our firm, our industry, and ultimately our clients and communities. We are all made stronger when we work together.