Goulston & Storrs is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the real estate communities where we practice. Starting in Boston, we launched Building Equity™ in January 2023 to help create opportunities for people from underrepresented groups such as people of color, women, and members of the LGBTQ+ community, including certified Minority-Owned Businesses (MBEs), Women-Owned Business Enterprises (WBEs), and LGBTBE-certified businesses.
Recognizing that people from underrepresented groups often face unique and persistent hurdles in accessing capital, connecting with influential mentors, bidding on development sites, partnering with top-tier professional services firms, and growing their businesses, Building Equity™ is focused on providing:
- access to debt/equity capital and business opportunities;
- counsel, through deploying creative fee arrangements to help participants manage legal costs while growing their business;
- education, through launching a programming series dedicated to expanding participants’ knowledge and expertise; and
- mentorship, through fostering opportunities for mentorship, networking, and sponsorship.
We are collaborating across a range of stakeholders in real estate development—not only emerging developers, but also public agencies, trade groups, and nonprofits, as well as architects, bankers, contractors, brokers, and other professionals—to help move our city into the future.
The firm is a proud sponsor of Builders of Color Coalition (BCC), which seeks to increase access and diversity in Boston’s real estate sector and promote the economic wellbeing of minority businesses and the communities they serve.
For more information on Building Equity™, please contact Brian J. Carrozza at [email protected].