Siemens Awards $20,000 Grant to All-in-One Electric of Tampa to Enhance Minority Representation in its Supply Chain
In partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), Siemens awards $140,000 in grants to Black-owned businesses in seven metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York and Tampa.
Siemens and its partner, the Atlanta MBDA Business & Advanced Manufacturing Centers at Georgia Tech, selected All-in-One Electric as one of seven Black-owned small businesses to receive a $20,000 grant. The commercial electrical services contractor will now join the company’s supplier database consisting of more than 6,000 small and diverse businesses.
“Small and diverse businesses are the backbone of our community, and we are so excited to see a Tampa business earn this national grant,” said Tampa Mayor Jane Castor. “Our City prides itself on creating an environment where businesses can thrive, where hard work pays off and where everyone has an opportunity to dream big. All-in-One Electric is a true success story of a local black-owned business founded in Tampa to serve its community. As we continue enhancing workforce development and supporting equal business opportunities, we are grateful for organizations like Siemens that are committed to empowering local businesses and fostering diversity in entrepreneurship.”
“As a Tampa native, I am the product of the Hillsborough County Public School system, having attended Robles Elementary School, Sligh and Burns Middle School, and Tampa Bay Technical High School. I, therefore, take pride in my community and introducing young people to opportunities in the trade industry,” said Rodney Jones, president of All-in-One Electric. “This was my first time pursuing a grant, and I am honored to receive this support from Siemens to grow and scale my business.”
All-in-One Electric has been servicing the Tampa community for over 20 years, with projects including Hillsborough County, City of Tampa, University of South Florida, airports in Tampa and Sarasota, as well as Hillsborough County Schools.
With growing demand and needs across the board, Jones plans to use the grant money for workforce development purposes, training employees on new software, upgrading safety training and licenses, and financing an employee apprenticeship program.
“We as a company are more resilient when our supplier base is inclusive, fostering not only greater competition but also flexibility during challenging times,” said Patric Stadtfeld, head of Supply Chain Management for the Americas, Siemens USA. “We’re proud to support these Black-owned companies and look forward to working together in the future.”
In January, MBDA Centers in the seven select cities nominated nearly 30 Black-owned businesses to apply for the Siemens grants. The winners were selected by the MBDA based on their alignment with Siemens’ supply chain needs, and all nominated candidates will join Siemens’ supplier database.
“The Orlando MBDA Business Center is grateful for the opportunity to participate with Siemens on this grant initiative,” Retu Jalhan, director, Orlando MBDA Business Center. “We are delighted that All-In-One Electric was selected to receive the grant, which we hope will yield greater opportunities for the company. We look forward to further collaboration with Siemens to empower and grow more MBEs in Central and North Florida.”
The Siemens grants are intended to help Black-owned companies develop their businesses to successfully compete for contracts, demonstrating the company’s support of minority businesses and mission to advance supplier diversity.
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