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I started The Darden Group, LLC in January 2020—meaning this month was a Happy New Year for lots of reasons.

You don’t need one more person reminding you what a challenge 2020 was, so instead, I want to talk about how for me and others, it was a year of opportunity that continues in 2021.
Click to see our one-year celebration video!

I am ecstatic to share that The Darden Group, LLC has been hired by Cook Medical and Goodwill Commercial Services to assist with their new manufacturing facility located at 38th and Sheridan on the far east side of Indianapolis. 

The Darden Group, LLC is supporting the team by spearheading the mission for 100% of construction to be performed by local minority owned businesses, and 10% of construction project hiring to include Marion County residents.

As a women-owned minority business enterprise (W/MBE) and disabled business enterprise (DBE), The Darden Group, LLC thrives when established partners act to dismantle systemic obstacles. I am personally so thankful for the opportunity to pay this intention forward and cultivate the Central Indiana minority owned business community through the achievement of this project.

The design for the future home of Goodwill Commercial Services, a supplier to Cook Medical

If you represent a minority owned construction enterprise, or know someone who is and would benefit from a referral to our team, I invite you to visit the 38th and Sheridan project website. Located on the website you will find the construction trade needs and project contact information.

The incredible news keeps coming. I am also humbled to be invited to several speaking engagements in the coming months, sharing expertise on construction, business management, success through adversity, and more. Here are just a few of them:

  • Indiana Construction Roundtable, Mentor-Protege Facilitator
  • American Association of Colleges & Universities
  • The BlueBook Network Facilitator

The best part about these speaking opportunities, in my eyes, is the potential for small, local, and minority businesses to learn to be more efficient, and for universities to continue positively impacting the community. 

I’d love to hear from and talk with you about what 2021 has in the works—and how we could help each other get the job done.


Akilah Darden

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