South Florida Anchor Alliance Launches Regional Marketplace

Last week, the South Florida Anchor Alliance officially launched its Regional Marketplace, aimed at helping local, small and minority-owned businesses access contracting opportunities at regional anchor institutions. 🚀

We’re proud of and grateful to the 11 anchor institutions that joined the Marketplace: Miami-Dade County, Broward County Government, City of Miami, Florida International University, Broward College, University of Miami, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Broward County Public Schools, University of Miami Health System, Broward Health, and Jackson Health System.

The Marketplace is a unique digital platform designed to make the process of finding opportunities and bidding on contracts to do business with large institutions easier, more accessible and inclusive. Together, the participating institutions procure more than $10 billion a year in goods and services, so this project has the potential to be a serious economic engine for local, small businesses.

The launch was marked last week at two events, one in Miami-Dade County and one in Broward County, where some 300 small business owners learned about using the Marketplace. (Special thanks to Mayors Daniella Levine Cava and Lamar P. Fisher, CAI, AARE who joined us to celebrate the day as well!)

The Health Foundation is a key funder and backbone organization for the South Florida Anchor Alliance, a collaborative of 20 regional institutions—hospitals and healthcare systems, education enterprises and municipalities—that joined forces in 2019 to create a more inclusive South Florida economy through collective workforce development and procurement efforts. The Marketplace is the Allliance’s first major initiative.

The effort is also part of the Health Foundation’s key strategic goal to address and positively impact the social and economic disparities that affect community health and well-being. Learn more about the Anchor Alliance at

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