CU Grow: Leadership Development Program for Vendors

CU Grow

Leadership Development Program for Vendors

The application period for Cohort 2 is now open. Please visit our application page to apply for the program.

This year's program will run from April to December, 2018.

Program Offers:

Expert Coaching
Expert Coaching
Procurement Meet & Greets
Procurement Meet & Greets
Growth Plan
Growth Plan
Capacity Building
Capacity Building
Technical Assistance
Technical Assistance
Cohort Learning
Cohort Learning
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Benefits include:

  • Introductions to a new group of buyers
  • Tailored coaching for your businesses current stage
  • A plan to grow your business to the next level
  • Greater understanding of large company procurement
  • No Cost for the Program!
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Eligible firms can be:

  • Existing vendors currently doing business with Columbia University and interested in growing their business*
  • Minority-, Women- and Locally-owned firms**
  • Annual Revenue between $250K and $5 million

*  Firms that are not currently vendors can apply if they provide a needed service or product

** Locally-owned includes businesses located in the following zip codes: 10025, 10026, 10027, 10029, 10030, 10031, 10032, 10033, 10034, 10035, 10037, 10039, 10040, 10451, 10454, 10455 and 10474.  Small and diverse business from other zip codes will be considered based on space-availability

About the Program

The CU Grow Leadership Development Program for Vendors is the core of a multi-dimensional approach to assisting minority-, women- and local-owned (MWL) firms by expanding their existing portfolio of business and contracts with large clients. The coaching aspect is designed to support their executive decision making and strategic thinking regarding the management and growth of their companies.

The Coaching Curriculum and Training was designed by the Columbia University School of Professional Studies (SPS). SPS provides a coaching engagement template, training and support throughout the program.

Columbia University, through its Facilities and Operations Division and Procurement Office, will advise on curriculum design, coaching oversight, Inventory Incubator program and Opportunity to Grow program. Our primary role will be to plan and implement the group events, procurement events and graduation.

Program Elements

  • Participation in 8 coaching sessions
  • Invitation to 4 procurement networking events
  • Professional guidance to create a growth plan for your business
  • Continued support from Columbia University’s Department of Construction Business Initiatives 

The CU Grow Vendor Development Program is the core of a multi-dimensional approach to assisting minority-, women- and local-owned (MWL) businesses by expanding their existing portfolio of business and contracts with large clients.

The Program runs for just under a calendar year and matches participating firms with experienced business coaches who will help the firms identify key areas of growth in their business.

All applicants must:

  • Have at least 50% ownership interest in the business
  • Be existing vendors currently doing business with Columbia University or Synovos, and interested in growing their business*
  • Be Minority-, Women- or Local-owned businesses**
  • Have annual revenue between $250,000 and $5 million

*   Businesses that are not currently vendors can apply if they provide a needed service or product. However, we reserve the right to be selective during the interview process.

** Local-owned includes businesses located in the following zip codes: 10025, 10026, 10027, 10029, 10030, 10031, 10032, 10033, 10034, 10035, 10037, 10039, 10040, 10451, 10454, 10455 and 10474.  Small and diverse businesses from other zip codes will be considered based on space availability.

No; we are open to all industries and verticals that can do business with the University. However, we reserve the right to select those firms whose goods or services best match Columbia's current needs.

The business coaches are established professionals within Columbia University or at partner institutions with knowledge in business development, procurement, project management, marketing, and other professional skills.

The CU Grow curriculum and training was designed by the Columbia University School of Professional Studies (SPS).

SPS provides a coaching engagement template, training and support throughout the program.

The coaching aspect is designed to support executive decision-making and strategic thinking regarding the management and growth of participants’ companies. The program elements include:

  • Participation in 8 coaching sessions
  • Invitation to 4 procurement networking events
  • Professional guidance to create a growth plan for your business
  • Continued support from Columbia University’s Department of Construction Business Initiatives

For the duration of the program, firms can expect:

  • Introductions to a new group of buyers and project managers within Columbia University
  • Tailored coaching for your business’s current stage
  • A plan to grow your business to the next level
  • Greater understanding of large company procurement 

 

There is no cost to participating vendors for the program.

The program is scheduled to run from April to December 2018. A summer break is built in to the schedule for the month of July.

Space is limited.

To keep the cohort size small and impactful, 18 to 20 business owners will be selected to participate in the CU Grow Vendor Development Program this year.

We prefer that one member of the business participate in the program; however, we will allow a partner with ownership stake in the firm to participate as well, as long as both participants agree to attend every session.

We will notify applicants who are not selected, and share information about other programs that can assist their business.

Contact Us

We welcome your questions and comments at CU-Grow@columbia.edu.