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National Programs


A joint effort between JPMorgan Chase and the University of Washington Foster School of Business’ Consulting and Business Development Center, Ascend is growing businesses owned by people of color, women, veterans, and inner-city businesses in 11 cities across the US using the center’s 3m model of Management education, Money through loans and investments, and Market access through contracts with anchor institutions such as universities and hospitals, government agencies and large corporations.

Ascend programs are operating in

  • Atlanta
  • Bay Area
  • Chicago
  • Columbus
  • Houston
  • Long Island, NY
  • Los Angeles
  • New Orleans
  • New York City
  • Seattle
  • Washington, DC


Billion Dollar Roundtable

The Center is the national research partner for the Billion Dollar Roundtable which created in 2001 to recognize and celebrate corporations that achieved spending of at least $1 billion with minority and woman-owned suppliers. The Center has produced research focused on the economic impact of corporate supplier diversity.


Diversity Research

The Center supports academic research on topics related to entrepreneurship for people of color, women, LGBTQ, and veterans through conferences and small grants.

Our research is led by William Bradford, Professor of Finance, Endowed Professor of Business and Economic Development and Faculty Director, Consulting and Business Development Center.

“Minority Businesses in the U.S.: An Economic Review of Scholarly Research since 2000”



Michael Verchot, [email protected], 206-543-9327