The BronXchange

Good for business. Good for the Bronx.

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The BronXchange connects Bronx institutions and nonprofit organizations with high-road, local businesses—making it easy for institutions to support local economic development and for businesses to grow. We do this in three ways:

  1. Connecting buyers and sellers through relationship brokering and matchmaking.

  2. Providing shared business services to help small businesses compete for contracts. This includes a full spectrum of back office services: e-commerce, marketing, compliance, and invoice financing and cash flow assistance

  3. Encouraging high-road business practices through a Business Impact Assessment, developed by community members in partnership with B Lab and Best for NYC. The assessment measures businesses’ contributions to the Bronx; helps purchasers understand their local impact; and encourages businesses to be good employers, utilize green business practices to improve our environment and the health of the Bronx, and invest in the Bronx to build community wealth and well-being.

By supporting new and existing businesses, and moving them in the direction of more democratic ownership and operations, the BronXchange leverages the impressive buying power of our local anchor community and the entrepreneurial talent of our business community to build local wealth.

KOJOS  is a Bronx based, family - owned, certified MBE and DBE business with decades of experience and leadership in the field of Integrated Pest Management.

KOJOS is a Bronx based, family - owned, certified MBE and DBE business with decades of experience and leadership in the field of Integrated Pest Management.

CONTEXT

Each year, Bronx-based institutions and nonprofits spend $9 billion dollars on goods and services. Although there are over 130,000 businesses based in the Bronx that span every sector, very few of these contracts go to Bronx-based businesses. Even when purchasers want to increase contracts with local businesses—especially minority- and/or women-owned businesses—they often face challenges to doing so.

Through extensive research with purchasers and local businesses, BCDI identified and is addressing three main barriers to local purchasing:

  1. Many purchasers do not know about local businesses or where to find them. To compound this issue, many businesses do not have an internet presence.

  2. Many vendors do not provide digital ordering or invoicing and may not accept digital payment—often a requirement for working with large institutions.

  3. Large institutions often take up to 90 or 120 days to pay vendors. For a small business, a large institutional contract could significantly expand their operations, but too often, waiting this long for payment is simply not possible.

 

Our Community

Meet our exceptional vendors in food and beverage, building and maintenance supplies, Bronx merchandising, printing, catering and event space, health and wellness, janitorial, and much more!

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Skedaddle

Skedaddle Pest Management is a worker-owned integrated pest management provider that works in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and lower Westchester County.

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Bioclassic

Bio Classic is a worker owned full service cleaning company. They have offered eco-friendly and non-toxic cleaning for home, office and community across New York City for over 10 years.

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GCS

GCS Building Supplies is The Bronx's only MBE building supply company and is proud to be in the Bronx! They provide outstanding, personal service for commercial and residential customers.

Learn why people love the BronXchange

I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing this resource will be. Someone to do the leg work, to identify the vendors, to save us time and energy to ensure that we can spend our money wisely and locally.
— Haydee Morales, Executive Director, Casita Maria
 
Money is like blood. It needs to keep moving around to keep the economy going, meaning purchases are twice as efficient in terms of keeping the local economy alive. The Bronxchange is a win-win for vendors and business in the Borough. Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.
— Ralph Acevedo, District Manager, Community Board 2, The Bronx
 
We are thrilled to be included in the BronXchange and have access to a strong local marketplace and the tools we need to reach larger clients. As a proud Bronx-based business, we look forward to helping our neighbors in the borough offer healthy food options at special events, meetings, and retreats.
— Kelston, Owner-Chef, Bascom Catering