About Us


Building Bridges for 40 Years
Industry Leadership and Up-To-Date Resources

Small Business Exchange Inc., is a central business information hub for Small-, Disadvantaged-, Minority-, Woman-, LGBTQ+ and Disabled Veteran-owned Businesses.

  • Founded in 1984 by Gerald W. Johnson and his wife, Valerie Voorhies, with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, SBE has been working for four decades to provide businesses with a bridge to accurate, up-to-date information about  opportunities in the public and private sectors.
  • Through the years, SBE has expanded its services to include information on legislative, financial, purchasing and marketing resources, strengthening the bridge between buyers and sellers.  The information is disseminated through its print and digital weekly newspaper, digital newsletters and various outreach services
  • SBE imports from federal, state and local certifying jurisdictions and offers targeted outreach to its database of over 1.5 million diverse businesses.  This is accomplished through custom software residing on cloud based IBM iSeries

  • With the introduction of new programs such as its “Economic Impact Calculator” SBE demonstrates through measurement the benefits of DEI.

These technologies present a significant competitive advantage, and help agencies, primes and small businesses most effectively not only meet, but exceed their goals. We'd like to do the same for you!  


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