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"Visionaries Dream With Their Eyes Open"

Kaye Gantt, MCA
The Institute

Vision Statement:
“Economic Prosperity for Diverse Populations”

Mission Statement:
“To Strengthen the Asset Base of Diverse Populations through Policy, Education and Opportunities”

The Institute is a nonprofit management consulting and services firm focused on business diversity and inclusion.  We are trusted advisors to businesses large and small, government agencies, policy makers and organizations that understand the key roles diversity and inclusion play in ensuring business and economic success.

Our client services include customized one-on-one assistance, training, knowledge, networks and solutions that create diverse, globally competitive companies.  We are a leading voice and constant advocate for public policies and business practices that promote marketplace diversity and inclusion.

What Sets Us Apart

  • Focus on Diversity – The Institute -- the only organization of its kind in the country -- offers 33 years of experience helping clients harness the power of diversity to achieve business and economic objectives. 
  • Business Knowledge and Expertise – We bring deep industry knowledge of how to help businesses of all kinds start and grow; business owners turn barriers of race, gender and disability into opportunity; companies diversify their supply chains; and communities broaden their business base.
  • Proven Methods – We help clients develop the three core elements -- money, markets and management -- required for business success. Uniquely, we integrate critical diversity management strategies every step of the way, helping clients connect with broader pools of high-quality vendors and suppliers, and successfully enter new high-potential markets.
  • Broad Networks – Our extensive network of investors, partners and clients developed over three decades connects clients with business assistance and opportunity for achieving their business objectives.
  • Passion and Commitment – As a nonprofit, our bottom line is helping clients become more successful and America become more prosperous by getting business diversity right. 
  • Opportunity – The Institute will seize every opportunity to be of service to those of us in the greatest need, such as minority groups, under represented and under-served populations, low to moderate income communities and individuals.  We consider it a privilege to be of service.

Contact the Institute to learn more or get help growing your business and diversifying the marketplace.


Upcoming Events and Bid Opportunities


The Policy Center

The Policy Center of the Institute shapes the core direction of advocacy, education, policy development and economic impact analysis on behalf of minority and women owned businesses.

Public Allies North Carolina

Public Allies North Carolina prepares young adults for leadership based on knowledge, expertise and values that promote diversity as a path to broad prosperity.

Small Business Transportation Resource Center

The South Atlantic Region Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) provides advocacy and technical assistance training programs that help small and disadvantaged businesses build their capacity to bid on federally funded transportation projects.

Women’s Business Centers

The Women’s Business Centers offers tools and support to women-owned and women–led business to assist in establishing a businesses, stabilizing their companies, generating sustainable profits, strategizing for future growth and contributing to the growth and economic development of the community.

Learn More About Our Team



Financial & Contract Awards


Years of Experience


High Capacity Business Database


Small Business Database


Clients Served



We have built a staff with over 100 years of experience in the industry, as well as our industry intelligence and expertise in working with Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

In order to move our staff to this new fee-for-service structure model, we had to make changes in our organizational structure to provide more authority to the Program Directors. Each Program Director became more involved, with not only managing their staff, but also their budgets and expected outcomes. In addition, the administrative staff now provides support services to achieve the goals of the program.

Our focus was on:

  • Operational Excellence
  • Program Success
  • Fundraising
  • Leadership Development