Connecting MWBEs to Local Government Leaders

Connecting MWBEs to Local Government Leaders

We’re excited to announce that Power Almanac and Engaging Local Government Leaders (“ELGL”) are working together on a pilot program for 2020-2021 to provide support and resources to women and minority owned business enterprises (“WMBE” or “MWBE”) serving local governments.

Through this program, qualifying WMBEs serving local governments will receive a one-year  free “Power 15” subscription to the Power Almanac database. The Power 15 subscription includes complete contact information for 15,000 local government officials of the subscriber’s choosing and is valued at $4,500.

Power Almanac has the most comprehensive and accurate list of local government officials in the United States, covering more 21,400 US cities, towns and counties (98% of those with a population of more than 1,000 people).  The database includes 256,000+ decision-makers in 13 senior roles, including the top elected and appointed officials and the heads of 10 critical departments.

Why are ELGL and Power Almanac offering this program? 

Communities are stronger when local governments  – and the suppliers serving them – reflect the demographics of their community members.

We want to empower and encourage WMBEs to be successful working with local government.  A vital first step is knowing who the decision-makers are and how to get in touch with them, which is precisely what the Power Almanac database is design to do

This program is open to businesses that:

  • Are certified WMBE
  • Have gross annual revenues of less than $1,000,000
  • Have taken in less than $500,000 of outside investment (e.g., venture capital, angel investment, private equity, etc.).
  • Are ELGL vendor members.

How do I Apply?

To apply for your free Power 15 subscription, complete the simple online application on ELGL’s website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is ELGL?

Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) is an “accidental professional association” that began in Portland, Oregon in 2012 with a 16 member dinner group. Today, ELGL has grown to over 4800 members from all 50 states plus Canada, UK, Israel, and Australia.

Focused on all levels of local government (from analysts to mayors; librarians to planners; and everyone in between), ELGL’s mission is to engage the brightest minds in local government by providing timely and relevant content through podcasts, blogs, webinars, social media and conference gathering, with the objective of fostering authentic and meaningful connections that are grounded in practices of equity and inclusion.

Why is Power Almanac partnering with ELGL?

ELGL provides an important connection between local government suppliers and local government leaders. When local government suppliers are well run, responsive, and in tune with the opportunities and  challenges in towns, cities, counties, and districts, their work makes local government stronger.

Simply put, diligent and responsible local government suppliers and their products and services make our communities run better.

Why are you only offering this opportunity to women and minority-owned businesses?

ELGL’s Haverford Award is the most prestigious honor available to local government businesses.  On their nomination forms, ELGL inquires about WMBE status, and they have been saddened to see only a few WMBE suppliers nominated over the years.  ELGL and Power Almanac leaders know of many WMBEs that are doing fabulous work but simply don’t have the scale and resources to be widely noticed.  This program aims to help rectify that.

From our experience working with local government suppliers since 2011, we know that local government is stronger and more effective when its employees (and the suppliers that serve local government) reflect the community members they serve.

How do I apply for the WMBE Connector Program?

Apply on ELGL’s website here

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