Mayor Greg Ballard,a former Marine, has made some progress in the two years since he pledged his administration would purchase
3 percent of all city goods and services from veteran-owned businesses, but he remains far from his goal.
The city's Veteran Business Enterprise program aims to increase the representation of veteran-owned businesses on city projectsan
effort that has generated $217,000 in contracts for such firms so far.
The Indiana Minority Supplier Development Council has made life sciences companies its latest targetpart of an even larger effort to attract minorities to the burgeoning life sciences industry under
way on a national scale.
The hiring of minority- and women-owned
businesses to work on the $275 million Indiana Convention Center expansion is far ahead of state requirements and has surpassed
rates that were registered for the $715 million Lucas Oil Stadium project.
Mezzetta Construction Inc., one of the city's largest minority-owned businesses and a contractor on the Lucas Oil Stadium project, is downsizing its staff and auctioning off its office and construction equipment while struggling with financial difficulties.