Research & Publications

Scroll down to review the research that helps shape our work, along with materials from former BECMA events and publications by our partner organizations. If you have any questions about the information below, or want to add to our resources, email


Comprehensive Annual Report Fiscal Year 2017

In early 2018, the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office released their 2017 findings on how the Commonwealth did in terms of investing in Minority- and Women-owned business enterprises. The report is clear: while some progress has been made due to the establishment of new spending benchmarks, there is wide room for improvement. Read the report for more information.


Solutions to Address Race and Income Inequality 

In February 2018, we hosted a solutions-oriented forum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston featuring 7 key political and business leaders. Each discussed ways they impacted the push to expand access to opportunities for minority-owned businesses across the state. Check out each of their presentations to discover how best you can model their practices in your own industry or area of expertise.


The Color or wealth in boston

This report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston found that people of color, on average, hold net assets worth $700 compared to $256,500 in net assets held by the average white Bostonian. The same report found that 27% of Black Bostonians are "unbanked" (they don't have a bank account) vs. only 8% of white Bostonians. Topics like the low rates of homeownership and educational attainment were also covered.


City and metropolitan inequality on the rise, driven by declining incomes

In 2016, the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution named Boston as the city with the highest income inequality in the nation. This was an instance where we were not excited for our city to be labeled number one. 

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Boston naacp 2017 equity, access, and opportunity report card

In October 2017, the Boston chapter of the NAACP found that unemployment rates for Black Bostonians were more than double that of white Bostonians (10.7% vs 4.9% respectively).