Mentor-Protege Program Established to Improve XBE Certified Companies Access
to Procurement Opportunities

Fishers, IN (March 16, 2022)–OneZone will debut its Supplier Diversity Mentor-Protege Program this Spring,
with NextGear Capital as the initiative’s funding partner. The program has been established to develop
working relationships between XBE firms and prime contracting firms with a proven track record of success.
“NextGear Capital and our parent company Cox have long been steadfast advocates for diversity and
inclusion; a commitment demonstrated by Forbes including us on their list of “The Best Employers for
Diversity” as well as the Human Rights Campaign listing us among “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality,”
said John Wick, Senior Vice President of NextGear Capital. “Our enterprise-wide supplier diversity initiatives
include inviting and encouraging the use of qualified minority, women, veteran, disability, and LGBTQ-owned
businesses in our companywide purchasing process.”
Wick added, “We are proud to take a leadership role in supporting worthwhile supplier diversity programs that
make positive differences in our communities.”
NextGear Capital’s parent company, Cox, spends more than $800 million annually partnering with diverse
suppliers who offer high-quality and competitively priced products and services and is striving to spend more
than $1 billion with diverse suppliers by 2026. Their funding partnership of the Supplier Diversity Program is an
example of how they support organizations that help diverse-owned businesses thrive.
“This is such an exciting time for our organization.” said Jack Russell, CEO of OneZone Chamber of
Commerce. “Through this program, funded exclusively by NextGear Capital, we are confident that OneZone
will help XBE Businesses bring their value and impact to the table. Having an opportunity to be better
connected will open doors for both our mentors and proteges, and that’s why this is so important to us.”
The OneZone Chamber Supplier Diversity Program is now accepting applications from Hamilton County-based
XBE-Certified businesses, with annual grossing revenue less than $2 million. OneZone will review all
applications, and select 10 program mentors and 10 program proteges to participate in this 12-month program.
If interested, please visit Applications will be accepted
through April 20, 2022.
For more information about OneZone initiatives, visit
About NextGear Capital
NextGear Capital is the largest independent inventory finance company in North America, providing flexible
lines of credit for dealers to purchase used inventory at over 1,000 auto and specialty auctions and other
inventory sources throughout the United States. The company’s products and services allow dealers to floor
plan nearly any type of remarketed unit in automotive retail, wholesale, or salvage. With a customer base of
more than 19,000 dealers, NextGear Capital also provides a robust array of services and support that allow
dealers to acquire and sell more inventory, including state-of-the-art online and mobile account management
tools, title services, records management and collateral protection. Headquartered in Carmel, Indiana,
NextGear Capital is a Cox Automotive™ brand. For more information, visit