Our work with minority subcontractors and businesses started fifteen years ago when we began partnering with Tabor 100, a nonprofit committed to business development, economic empowerment, educational excellence, and social equity for minorities and the community at large. Our support for Tabor 100 has allowed us to reach dozens of minority businesses of all sizes and industries who have contributed to our developments as subcontractors, caterers, security, and more.
Meet-and-greet events with Tabor 100’s network of businesses have resulted in millions of dollars in opportunities on VRE projects. For example, twenty one percent of our Yesler projects' (Batik
) subcontract value was awarded to Women- and Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (WMBEs)
. At our Jackson Apartments
project, WMBEs were awarded thirty four percent of the subcontract work.
One of VRE’s most noteworthy collaborations with Tabor 100 was the Minority Business Expo where vendors were given the opportunity to showcase their products and services and expand their network. The event helped them gain access to new clients and exposed them to new bid opportunities they might otherwise have missed.