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Jump Start and Employment

We use the Jump Start program for finding labor and those that stick we send to apprenticeship school. Blocal should partner with high school's and colleges in the local areas not just trades like plumbing but other areas sales, service, retail, ect. To provide a viable list of candidates to us for future hire consideration. Just a thought. Have a great weekend. - From BUILD College Alumni via email

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Encourage and Assist MBEs with Accessing Credit

Research by Bates and Robb (2015) found that nationwide, Black-, Latino-, and Asian-owned firms were more likely to be discouraged to access credit from banks compared to white-owned firms and more likely to have their loan applications denied, controlling for credit-risk. According to the US Census Bureau 2012 Survey of Business Owners, almost half of all Baltimore City businesses are Black-owned and growing (from 2007),... more »

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Timely Payment of Vender Invoices

As a vender with JHU in 2018, late payments almost forced me out of business. We redesigned a website for a JHU venture. The project was organized and scope appropriately. When we invoiced for the deposit to begin work, the invoice took nearly 3 months to pay. This caused a 3 month delay in starting the work. Once we received the deposit, we had 2 more payments scheduled. Payment 2 was made in a timely manner. Payment... more »

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Improve Vender Engagement Opportunities

My creative agency was a vender with JHU in 2018. We earned the work through a referral introduction. We would like to be one again but don't know where to start. When we registered with the BuyLocal program, we were given a massive directory and wished the best of luck. We have no roadmap or tools to find the departments that need our services, therefore we have no effective means to get our people and work in front... more »

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Create preferred (fast-track) vendor database

Procurement at Hopkins can take a long time, even for a simple and small contract. In exchange for a speedier procurement process, Hopkins could provide a list of pre-approved local 'vendors' for projects up to a certain dollar amount. This would encourage the use of these vendors by providing an advantage to Hopkins teams looking for quick turnaround on projects.

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Use It Or Lose It Surplus Drive

With use-it-or-lose it budgets, departments often make mad-dash purchases at the end of fiscal years. Sometimes, such purchases lead to a glut of supplies that sit, unused, in closets. While such buying decisions are understandable from a departmental budget point of view, such practices do not necessarily reflect responsible, corporate citizenship, rooted in principles of economic equality.

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Paid family leave for JHH/JHHS employees

To facilitate hiring locally, ALL Hopkins employees should be offered paid family leave. It should not be offered only to JHU employees. Offering it to only JHU employees (many of whom are higher paid: physicians, professors) increases economic disparities. Paid family leave has been shown to facilitate employee retention and improve the health of mothers and babies. JHH claims to be "at the forefront of medicine", but... more »

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Rent Community Rooftop Space for Sustainability Initiatives

Hopkins would rent open rooftop space from community businesses, schools and other institutions, and even residents, to establish sustainable resources to be used by Hopkins entities, for example solar panels which would provide a further source of green energy, or rooftop gardens for growing produce to be used in campus cafeterias.

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Make Local Buisnesses Accessible

Hopkins could host a local business fair a few times a year that show cases some of the services that are available right here in the city. This would give individuals from inside and outside the community a chance to meet. It might be the case that people are outsourcing work that could be completed using a local business. An event like this would also help compile a list of local businesses and the services they provide... more »

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Living Wage and More Useful Benefits to Build Baltimore Up!

I believe that all Hopkins affiliates could pay a living wage and offer benefits such as maternity and paternity leave (which JHHS does not get, but JHU and APL do), an increased 403(b) match with a shorter vesting period (like APL's), and a more generous tuition remission/reimbursement plan for folks without a college degree. As it stands, JHHS employees who do not have a college degree are paid well below market rate... more »

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Biggest Employer In Baltimore Pays A Living Wage

Johns Hopkins HealthCare Affiliates comprise the biggest employer in Baltimore. Assuming leadership in addressing income inequality embodies our institution's values. As the adage says, start with yourself. The tremendous disparity between our highest and lowest paid employees personifies the economic divisions in our nation. Bringing these into line with our values will lead other organizations across Baltimore and... more »

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Hopkins in the High Schools

Since Hopkins does so much beyond medicine, it would be great if every Baltimore City school has a Hopkins resource corner in the school and maybe an educational program with the guidance counselors to engage students in all of the different Hopkins entities including APL, international, school of business, etc.

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Mrs. Stewart

Make sure the people who work here can grow in their current positions or know about college opportunities that exist at Hopkins, Current training for new positions that have a shortage and possible can be trained at Johns Hopkins University or on site so that they can gain experience in the job they would like to have as a career.

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Ensure that ALL people working for Hopkins have a career path

In addition to paying a liveable wage with benefits (even for part-time staff), take extra care -- especially for entry level positions such as community security, grounds maintenance, cafeteria support, etc. -- to ensure that every person in every position has the option of developing additional skills through Hopkins classes or specialized training to increase the likelihood of their earning a better living over time.... more »

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