Our Model - Building Markets

We center everything we do around the people that power small businesses, building up the knowledge, skills, and networks they need to transform their lives and their communities.

How do we create impact?

  • Our digital marketplace, connecting small businesses and buyers
  • Bespoke small business data, a high-quality resource for buyers, financial service providers, and research partners
  • Market-access training, including effective bid training for small businesses
  • Access to working capital

Using Evidence to Drive Impact

Definitions can vary, but data shows that our interventions have the most significant impact on businesses that have certain characteristics. We use these criteria to determine the businesses we work with:

  • Less than 50 employees
  • A proven track record of revenue generation
  • Formal or on a path to formality
Our Theory Of Change
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Journey with Building Markets

We offer an online marketplace for buyers and suppliers to connect and find opportunities, customized data on small businesses, market access training, and critical access to finance. We meet business leaders where they are and chart a path for growth.

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Explore Our Global Impact

Since 2004, Building Markets has helped small businesses win more than $1.4 billion in contracts and create over 74,000 full-time equivalent jobs in places where they’re needed most. We are elevating small businesses as engines of enduring social impact and economic growth.

Colombia

The creation of our company profile on Building Markets Matchmaking Platform improved our business visibility in a professional and presentable way. We would highly recommend Building Markets training to businesses who want to learn about marketing their products or importing to and exporting from Jordan.

Elham Zeadat, Chairwoman, Bloom Dead Sea Gift Enterprise - Colombia
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Our impact in Colombia.

Myanmar

When I joined Building Markets' program, I realized that a lot was missing from my daily business operations. I’m so grateful that, through training, I learned how to achieve more in the short-term, as well as define and set business goals.

U Myat Thu, Owner of Shae Thot - Myanmar
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Our impact in Myanmar.

  • 3,704

    Businesses
    Verified

  • 888

    Businesses
    Trained

  • $20,025,965

    Contracts
    Facilitated

Haiti

It is directly due to Building Markets’ efforts that we secured our first contract. After that, we had the leverage we needed to attract other jobs — both from our original partner and other NGOs.

Sasha Blanchet, Director-General of General Maintenance - Haiti
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Our impact in Haiti.

  • 3,966

    Businesses
    Verified

  • 1,023

    Businesses
    Trained

  • $28,763,865

    Contracts
    Facilitated

Jordan

The creation of our company profile on Building Markets Matchmaking Platform improved our business visibility in a professional and presentable way. We would highly recommend Building Markets training to businesses who want to learn about marketing their products or importing to and exporting from Jordan.

Elham Zeadat, Chairwoman, Bloom Dead Sea Gift Enterprise - Jordan
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Our impact in Jordan.

  • 335

    Businesses
    Verified

Liberia

Building Markets makes me feel that I have a partner who is interested in our growth, development and improvement.

Daniel Scott, Founder, Scott’s Industrial Construction - Liberia
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Our impact in Liberia.

  • 4,639

    Businesses
    Verified

  • 1,228

    Businesses
    Trained

  • $92,872,110

    Contracts
    Facilitated

  • 4,382

    Jobs
    Created

Mozambique

Mozambique is a complex operating environment where cultural and economic challenges persist. However, Building Markets has succeeded by carefully assessing needs, adapting its approach when needed, and actively engaging partners and stakeholders.

Edith Gouin, Fomer Senior Development Officer, Southern and Eastern Africa Global Affairs, Canada - Mozambique
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Our impact in Mozambique.

  • 362

    Businesses
    Verified

  • 255

    Businesses
    Trained

  • $12,504,564

    Contracts
    Facilitated

မြန်မာ

When I joined Building Markets' program, I realized that a lot was missing from my daily business operations. I’m so grateful that, through training, I learned how to achieve more in the short-term, as well as define and set business goals.

U Myat Thu, Owner of Shae Thot - မြန်မာ
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Our impact in မြန်မာ.

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    Businesses
    Verified

  • ၆၂၄

    Businesses
    Trained

  • $၁၉.၇၆ မီလီယံ

    Contracts
    Facilitated

Timor-Leste

I'm really happy with Building Markets’ assistance. Since listing my business with their service linking buyers to suppliers, I've received many more orders from NGOs and the government.

Marcelo dos Santos, Owner of KIOS Asela - Timor-Leste
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Our impact in Timor-Leste.

  • 3,090

    Businesses
    Verified

  • $13,594

    Contracts
    Facilitated

  • $20,329,729

    Dollar
    Value Impact

Türkiye

Not only has Building Markets opened up opportunities for me, but their training and support has helped me create a clear vision of my business’ potential.

Razan Alatassi, Founder of Salt and Sugar - Türkiye
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Our impact in Türkiye.

  • 3,172

    Businesses
    Verified

  • 1700

    Businesses
    Trained

  • $41,520,537

    Contracts
    Facilitated

  • 6,685

    Jobs
    Created

Learn How You Can Work With Us

We provide innovative and tailored services to small businesses and buyers, and engage investors, lenders, donors and partners in a range of customized ways.

 

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