Moving Toward Equal Economic Participation: United Properties Hosts First Annual Diverse Vendor Fair in Partnership with Meda and Ascend Twin Cities

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Action

“MEDA is here to support our entrepreneurs through their journey filled with growth. Part of that responsibility requires us to leverage our relationships with partners such as United Properties to continue discovering meaningful business opportunities for our BIPOC-owned clients. The Diverse Vendor Fair was just one of many doors that we will continue to open in partnership with United Properties.”

Robert Harper, Senior Director of Business Consulting, MEDA

United Properties is committed to driving positive change in the real estate industry by promoting supplier diversity and creating opportunities for underrepresented groups.

We are a proud corporate anchor participant in the MEDA’s Ascend Twin Cities program, a partnership that aims to foster diversity and inclusion in the business community.

MEDA, which stands for Metropolitan Economic Development Association, is a nonprofit organization that provides business consulting, access to capital, and market opportunities to minority-owned businesses. Ascend Twin Cities is a part of a national network founded by the University of Washington Foster School of Business. Ascend Twin Cities, operated by MEDA, focuses on developing and expanding the capacity of diverse suppliers, particularly those owned by people of color, to participate in the supply chains of corporate partners. The program provides a supportive environment where diverse suppliers can grow and succeed in their respective industries.

As part of our commitment to inclusive procurement, United Properties recently hosted our first annual Diverse Vendor Fair, bringing together key stakeholders from our Development and Asset Management Teams, Property Management Teams, and general contractors. The Diverse Vendor Fair provided a platform for connection and collaboration, giving our teams the chance to network with 15 remarkable vendors from various backgrounds.

At United Properties, we understand that diversity brings fresh perspectives, innovative ideas, and unique talents to the table. We believe in creating an inclusive business environment that fosters equal opportunities for all. Our partnership with Ascend Twin Cities and MEDA further strengthens our commitment to promoting diversity in our industry.