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Vision: To increase the number of minority business enterprises (MBEs) of scale and to create jobs in communities of color.


Mission: Engage the corporate community in our common goal of strengthening our economy and enhance job creation by supporting a stronger Chicagoland MBE Community.


  • More than double the number of direct and indirect jobs created between 2009 and 2014
  • An increase spend of $171,000,000 in MBEs by participating corporations from 2009 to 2014
  • Total economic impact of nearly $850 million over the five years of the program's existence
Download the initial report and executive summary that led to the creation of Five Forward.



Click to view the 2013 Five Forward Analysis Publication


Click to view the 2014 Analysis of Chicago Minority Businesses


Click to view the Five Forward 20/20 Vision Brochure


Click here to view the Five Forward Minority Business Enterprises Directory. 


Five Forward Committed Corporations:



BP America IncMillerCoors
AdvocateAuroraHealthComEd, an Exelon CompanyPeoples Gas and North Shore Gas
AGB Innovative Security SolutionsEYPwC
AllstateFederal Reserve Bank of ChicagoRush University Medical Center
Aon plcFifth Third Bank
SDI Presence
Ariel InvestmentsGreeley and Hansen
University of Chicago Medicine
Astellas Pharma USHealth Care Services Corporation
Baxter International Inc.KDM Engineering
West Monroe Partners
BMO Harris BankMeadeWynndalco Enterprises
The Boldt CompanyMesirow Financial 


Make a commitment to Five Forward today!





The Chicago United Five Forward Initiative is produced in part through funding provided by:


The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States – communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures. Learn more at



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