Commitment to Diversity
Cummings is committed to an inclusive workplace and to helping advance minority-owned and disadvantaged construction businesses by cultivating relationships that promote the enhancement, expansion, and education of growing construction businesses within the multicultural communities in which we work.
Throughout our 32-year history, Cummings has been committed to involving Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) in its business. We have earned numerous awards for our commitment to diversity including:
- “Salute to Business Award for Diversity” - Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce
- “Corporation of the Year” - Central North Florida Minority Supplier Diversity Council
- “Diversity Works Award for Best Company Diversity Initiative” - South Florida Business Journal
- “Minority/Women Business Enterprise Advocate of the Year” – Minority Builders’ Coalition
While we are honored by this recognition, we are most proud of Cummings’ in-house mentor-protégé program. Cummings’ President and CEO, CFO, and other top executives participate in meetings with individual protégé firms to offer experience, business acumen, and assistance with access to credit and capital to enhance the ability of our protégés to compete in the highly competitive construction market.
When the University of Florida wanted to establish their own mentor-protégé program, they approached Cummings for assistance in developing it. The goal of the program is to encourage contractors/suppliers doing business with UF, to serve as mentors by developing teaming or subcontracting relationships with small businesses as proteges, thereby aiding in the capacity building of small businesses relevant to the procurement needs of the university.
Cummings worked hand-in-hand with UF to create a funded mentor initiative that matches MBEs with same-discipline mentors and monitors the process and results. The program tracks a wide range of metrics such as increasing net worth, credit-worthiness, management practices, and business expansion so that protégé firms can mark their progress against measurable objectives. UF’s mentor-protégé program has been very successful, having graduated dozens of protégé businesses in the four years since inception and with enrollment increasing dramatically each year.