MMDC partnered with anchors on a District Purchasing Council that meets monthly to network, match with local/minority businesses, and connect to resources that support the development and expansion of businesses within Memphis and the Medical District. The Buy Local Program vision for 2016 includes:
- Networking - To build working relationships between representatives of discrete purchasing entities and facilitate longer term cooperation
- Matchmaking - To connect purchasers with quailified local and minority vendors within several key areas of purchasing
- Attraction/Expansion - To identify and pursue collective contracts in which volume can attract, expand, or further grow an existing supplier
The Memphis Medical District Collaborative and EPIcenter launched their Operation Opportunity business plan competition. Operation Opportunity is one of several programs deployed by MMDC to capture and redirect some of the immense purchasing power of the Medical District's major hospital and higher education partners, particularly as a way to boost minority - and women - owned business enterprise (MWBEs). As a champion for regional entrepreneurs and resource for start-up businesses, EPIcenter was a logical partner.
"How can we improve patient experience to improve health outcomes and patient satisfaction?" MedHaul is a software application intended to make the work of medical transportation for patients faster, easier, and more efficient. Following the customer discovery phase, MedHaul expects to begin building the application in Spring 2017.
Sparco Projectpedia is a new online project management tool that will assist institutions in managing staffing and supplier relationships. Unistar-Sparco Computers Inc., a 20-year-old IT company specializing in hardware and software, submitted the winning concept. “By knowing their challenges, we came up with a solution that is customized to what they want and will make them more efficient.”