In economically challenged areas local business owners report that there is often a disconnect between resources, opportunities, and the business community that they intend to serve. To bridge this gap, we work closely with local business owners to help create or refine infrastructure, build capacity, find opportunities, connect with resources, and simultaneously tackle barriers to success. We also guide potential business owners through the business formation process.


Our team has over 30 years of experience in community engagement and outreach. We leverage our longstanding social, civil and political relationships to ensure that information is disseminated so that the health, interest, rights and needs of the community are met.


Federal and local programs have been important parts of the strategy to reduce unemployment in the city by mandating the hiring of local residents for companies receiving large government funds. Our services assure compliance with First Source and Section 3 mandates. Our services also assure community support and buy-in by recruiting and vetting quality employment candidates from the local community, executing needs assessments, hiring fairs, and providing retention support.



DEO utilizes a holistic approach in our Workforce Development strategy to address the employment disparities in under-served communities.   We provide opportunities for residents in both personal and professional development in conjunction with employment matching.  It is our goal to create a pathway to self-sufficiency for the many residents that are hard-working and capable.


Laws and regulations governing construction compliance are complex and rapidly evolving. Our compliance team works with developers, general contractors and sub-contractors to monitor and assess compliance of First Source, Section 3 and CBE/SBE/MBE/DBE participation.