Siemens Awards $20,000 Grant to National Eagle Security, Inc. of Los Angeles 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.
February 24, 2021
Siemens and its partner, Atlanta MBDA Business & Advanced Manufacturing Centers at Georgia Tech, selected National Eagle Security, Inc. (NES) as one of seven Black-owned small businesses to receive a $20,000 grant. The security solutions provider will now join the company’s supplier database consisting of more than 6,000 small and diverse businesses.
"Entrepreneurship and business ownership are critical elements of economic empowerment and community development. For the moment we’re in, where equity is finally at the forefront, to have a systemic impact entire business ecosystems need to be involved. I’m pleased that Siemens is stepping up to the plate with this initiative, because an opportunity for minority businesses to compete for representation in the supply chain is an opportunity for them to win,” said Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas (CD-10).
“We feel acknowledged and so thankful to Siemens and the MBDA Business Center for this grant which will help NES continue its mission to provide exemplary security work through the pandemic,” said Jean Akre, Owner at National Eagle Security, Inc. “As Black and minority-owned businesses across the country continue to work through these challenging times, efforts like these are crucial. We look forward to partnering with Siemens and the MBDA in the future.”
National Eagle Security, Inc. specializes in offering quality and affordable security solutions for its diverse clientele. They provide qualified security officers to protect gated communities, commercial and residential buildings, shopping centers, construction sites, and apartment buildings. Through the pandemic NES has faced many business challenges including the impact on their client's need for coverage, employee recruitment, increased operational expenses and implementing CDC safety guidelines. The company will use the grant from Siemens to purchase a system to automate our current manual process and provide discounts on security service rates to fellow small businesses that are currently re-opening.
“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, the MBDA Centers nominated nearly 30 Black-owned businesses in seven cities across the country 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.
“After notifying our applicant, National Eagle Security, of their award, not only were they shocked to hear that they had been selected for the Grant, they were in total disbelief. They had been seriously struggling throughout most of last year during the pandemic. They were ready on several occasions to close their business. This grant was like a miracle and will act as a catalyst to this year's activities. Laura, one of the principals said, ‘This was a gift from heaven, and it will act as an omen for the new year, we were truly blessed!’ The impact of this grant is much greater than the amount of money included,” said Dan Sieu, Director of Pasadena’s MBDA Business Center.
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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