Twenty-seven BLocal partners have set public goals to support city residents and local and women- and minority-owned businesses when making decisions about building, hiring, buying, and investing. In the program’s first year, BLocal partners reported millions of dollars in increased spending with city and diverse suppliers, increased hiring and internships for city residents, and more support of community organizations.

BLocal in Action

Year One Progress Report

Small companies learned about “Doing Business with Big Business” at a BLocal symposium

Vessel Electric got new tools to grow from BLocal BUILD College

BLocal partners worked together to put Avery Johnson’s talents to work

A small business loan from Kiva City Baltimore helped LaQuicha Brown expand her berry business

BLocal Partners

BLocal partners are Baltimore-area businesses—large and small, for profit and nonprofit, from a variety of business sectors—that have joined the BLocal initiative. For more information about an individual partner company’s commitments, click on a logo below.

Join BLocal

If you are a company located in the Baltimore area interested in joining BLocal and making commitments similar to the other corporate partners, please complete this form. A member of the BLocal team will contact you as soon as possible.

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HopkinsLocal Build. Hire. Buy.

HopkinsLocal is a commitment by 
Johns Hopkins University and Health System to leverage its role as the largest private anchor institution in Baltimore to create lasting economic opportunities in the city. With this initiative, Johns Hopkins will expand its outreach to local businesses and residents, including women and minorities, when it builds, hires, and buys.

HopkinsLocal is a firm and measurable commitment to expand participation of local and minority-owned businesses in construction opportunities; increase the hiring of city residents, with a focus on neighborhoods in need of job opportunities; and enhance economic growth, employment, and investment in Baltimore through purchasing activities. The initiative will also support ongoing efforts to build diversity in Johns Hopkins’ workforce and among our business partners.

With campuses across the city and more employees than any other private employer in Maryland, Johns Hopkins University and Health System can help make Baltimore a place where people are proud to live, work, and study.